More than 300 gifted young musicians from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s
five ensembles performed at the PYO’s gala dinner and concert at the Union
League in Philadelphia that marked the organization’s 74th season of
providing outstanding music education for generations of young instrumentalists
throughout the Delaware Valley. Guests were treated to selections from the
organization’s Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Bravo Brass, Philadelphia
Region Youth String Music, and Tune Up Philly – the PYO’s inner-city outreach
An art show and sale by the prestigious Studio Incamminati was featured at the gala. Proceeds from the evening supported the PYO’s financial aid and tuition remission programs. Led by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, the PYO organization builds a strong sense of character, discipline and commitment in its students, who range from 6 – 21 years of age.
Photographed here from left to right
are: Andrew Michie, 17; Denise Houghton; Kyle Michie, 16; and
David Michie, PYO Board Member and Alumnus from Ardmore, PA
About The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra:
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization, under the music directorship of Louis Scaglione, was founded in 1939 and is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestral and college preparatory music education institutions for gifted and talented students.
The PYO, based in the Tri-State region, affords its students unique opportunities to perform with the most talented, professional musicians in the area. Under the guidance of a prestigious faculty that includes members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, students grow as individuals with a keen sense of discipline and positive social interaction which prepares them for many aspects of living a successful life and provides them an impressive college preparatory credential.
The organization’s flagship ensemble, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), provides the most talented students with advanced orchestral training and performance opportunities throughout the concert season. There are three PYO companion ensembles which include the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), formed in 1996; Bravo Brass, added to the program in 2003; and Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) created in 2007. Young musicians (ages 6-21) are selected by competitive audition and have represented the United States on five continents. PYO offers classical musical performances throughout the Greater Philadelphia region each year. In addition, the organization is a frontrunner in supporting musical education for children from Philadelphia’s most vulnerable and under-resourced neighborhoods through the organization’s outreach program, Tune Up Philly. For additional information and upcoming events: www.pyos.org