The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Selected Sundays, 3 to 5 PM

Listen to recorded concerts of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) on WRTI. Maestro Louis Scaglione conducts. The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is a premier youth orchestra organization for gifted, young, classical musicians, and one of the oldest and most highly regarded youth orchestra organizations in the United States. Founded in 1940, the PYO provides professional-caliber musical experiences to young instrumentalists, thrilling discriminating audiences in the Greater Philadelphia region and across the globe.

Sunday, April 23rd, 3 to 5 pm
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1, Op. 10
Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2
Igor Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919 version)

The organization has five programs: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an after-school program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema.

Ranging in age from 6 to 21 years, the musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization are selected by competitive audition and come from a 70-plus mile radius of Philadelphia encompassing nearly 20 counties within Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Through advanced orchestra repertoire, students are challenged to perform at professional levels, to strive for advanced musicianship and to achieve superior technical, musical, and personal application.

David Kim; credit: Ryan Donnell

We open our broadcast season of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra with a program the ensemble performed last November in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.