Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO)
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is the tri-state region's 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. Since 1940, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization has been providing professional-caliber musical experiences to young instrumentalists, while thrilling discriminating audiences in the Greater Philadelphia region and across the globe.
The organization has six programs: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an El Sistema inspired program.
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.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's History & Timeline page.
In The News
- Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to perform special showcase for their 80th anniversary season, Metro, January 13, 2019.
- Philadelphia Youth Orchestra musicians picked for National Youth Orchestra, Bucks County Courier Times, July 30, 2017.
- Event Calendar: Season Performance Schedule
- Facebook: philadelphiayouthorchestra
- Twitter: @pyomusic
- Video: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (YouTube, 4m47s)
- Video: Beethoven: Egmont Overture | Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (YouTube, recorded at The Mann Center in October 2019, 8m17s)
- YouTube: pyomusic/videos