President and Music Director
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Louis Scaglione has extensive experience as a musician, educator, conductor and administrator. He was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) in September 2005; Conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) in 1997; Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) in 1999; Executive Director of both orchestras in 2001; and President of the PYO organization in 2004. Since 2002, he has also served as Artistic Director of the Choral Society of Montgomery County in residence at Montgomery County Community College. From 2006 – 2010, he was Resident Music Director and Conductor for the Luzerne Music Center (N.Y.).
Through his artistic and administrative leadership, Maestro Scaglione has transformed the PYO program from an all-volunteer organization to a nationally recognized, professionally managed institution with strong support from the greater Philadelphia community. Because of his work with the PYO program, he was elected by his peers in 2006 to serve until 2009 as Chairman of the Youth Orchestra Division Board (serving on the Board from 2000 – 2009) of the League of American Orchestras, and served on the League’s Board of Directors concurrent with his chairmanship.
Maestro Scaglione has toured with the PYO several times, including The World Youth Music Forum in Moscow, Russia in 1998; Czech Republic and Italy in 2000; and China in 2002. In 2004, Maestro Scaglione administered the orchestra’s tour of eastern and central Europe, traveling to Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. In 2007, Maestro Scaglione lead the PYO for the first time from the podium during its tour of Brazil, traveling to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, performing to sold-out venues and gathering critical acclaim.
Under Maestro Scaglione’s baton, the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra has become one of the premiere youth orchestras in the greater Philadelphia region, appearing at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; The Union League of Philadelphia, Montgomery County Community College (Pennsylvania); Irvine Auditorium (University of Pennsylvania); Saint Mark’s Church (Philadelphia); Andalusia Estate; The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts; and Valley Forge Military Academy. Maestro Scaglione and the orchestras have collaborated with area ensembles including the Choral Society of Montgomery County; the Germantown Oratorio Choir; and the Upper Darby High School Encore Singers (Pennsylvania). They have also participated in Strings for Schools’ “Jazz Violin Summit”; the American Harp Society’s 2004 National Conference; grand opening festivities of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; and the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival.
Each year, Maestro Scaglione engages the PYO program in community and charitable work. For the past 15 years, many performances have helped raise funds for such Philadelphia-area charitable organizations as Reach Out and Read at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; MANNA (Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutritional Alliance); the Voices for Children Foundation; and the Youth Work Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.
Maestro Scaglione has also arranged musical collaborations for the orchestras with such accomplished soloists as William dePasquale, former Co-Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra; Michael Ludwig, former Associate Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra; pianists David Pasbrig and Kenneth Drake; vocal soloists Laura Heimes, Serena Benedetti, Phyllis Lewis-Hale, Richard Zuch, Todd Thomas, Brian Chu, Sandra Carney, James Longacre, Steven Brenfleck, and Monica Ziglar; leading jazz artists Regina Carter, Diane Monroe and John Blake, Jr.; and internationally renowned soloists Sarah Chang (violinist), Susan Starr (pianist), Eric Owens (vocalist) and Sylvia Thereza (pianist).
Additionally, Maestro Scaglione’s involvement with the greater Philadelphia cultural and social community also includes service as a Director of The Union League of Philadelphia; Vice Chairman to the Youth Work Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia; and The Cardinal’s Cabinet, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is a member of The Union League of Philadelphia, where he serves on a number of committees. From 1995 to 2002, he served as Artistic Director of “Arts at Andalusia”, a free, outdoor, summer, concert series held on the grounds of the Andalusia Estate. He has served as Board member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Performing Arts Center; Trustee to the Andalusia Foundation; Advisor to the Arts Advisory Council of The Society for the Performing Arts of the Media Theater; and on the Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, Bensalem Township (Pa.). For many years, he has served as grant review panelist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Maestro Scaglione has a great passion for education. He has taught all levels including elementary, secondary, collegiate and adult continuing education classes. Currently, he is a member of the adjunct music faculty of Montgomery County Community College. He is a former member of the faculty of Temple University Music Preparatory Division. His scholarship and academic excellence have been recognized by the top honor societies in the country including the Golden Key National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education and Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society in Music.
Maestro Scaglione graduated with honors from The University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in music education; and also holds a Master of Music degree from Temple University. His professional studies as a conductor have taken him to the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon; the Internationale Bachakademie and the Europäische Musikfest in Stuttgart, Germany; the Classical Music Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria; and master classes at the conservatory in Saint Petersburg, Russia.