Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is one of the most highly regarded youth orchestras in the United States. For 66 years it has been entertaining audiences from all over the world with its talented instrumentalists. The orchestra is now in its seventh decade. It was founded in 1939 by a group of musicians from the Germantown area of Philadelphia. It was permanently titled the “Philadelphia Youth Orchestra,” (PYO) in 1982.

The PYO has performed in more than 20 countries on five continents. Since 1981, the orchestra has also performed 13 international concert tours. Its most recent foreign tour was in 2004 throughout eastern and central Europe.

The orchestra also performs at prestigious performing arts centers such as The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Union League of Philadelphia, and the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pa., amongst others.

Maestro Joseph Primavera is named the longest-serving conductor anywhere in the world. He started in 1954 and worked through the 2004-2005 concert season until he was awarded with the honor of Music Director Laureate.

The PYO, along with its ensemble, the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), and the Brass Ensemble, are made up of 10 to 21 year old talented musicians. They come from Philadelphia, other parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Audition dates for the 2006-2007 seasons are by appointment only. Maestro Scaglione can be contacted at for more information. To schedule an appointment, interested musicians must first fill out a registration form, and print out and complete an audition form to bring to the audition. Auditions generally run for five to 10 minutes, and students are notified within one to two weeks after trying out. Criteria for the specific instrument auditions can be found on their website at

The orchestra’s next performance is on Dec. 2, 2006, at 8 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Trinity located in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, with an admission of $10. Rehearsals are free and open for the public to sit in on. PYO rehearsals are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. PYAO rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and The Brass Ensemble holds rehearsals on Mondays, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Web site contains information on how the orchestra and its ensembles are continuously appreciative of support. It is a charitable organization and any donations are well appreciated. More information on those interested in making a donation can be found on the Web site.

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