Monthly Archives: October 2011

Welcome to Tune Up Philly – Our Mission

The mission of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Tune Up Philly program is to nurture urban children in challenging social and economic conditions by keeping them engaged in success through weekday out-of-school hours music

Second Grade Violin Student, Nasir Broadnax

instruction.  Through its Tune Up Philly program, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization believes that music education is a powerful vehicle for children to master skills that will enable them to acquire valuable tools for cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success and self-esteem.

Every student enrolled in our program recieves a 4,000 dollar tuition scholarship and an instrument. Our program runs from 2:30-4:30, five days a week, every day that there is a full day of school. Each student participates in two classes a day – Choir or General Music followed by their instrumental lesson. We are currently teaching: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, French Horn, Trumpet and Trombone. We are looking forward to our first Orchestra rehearsal in November!

Meet the Finneys

TaQuan and Tinayah with Ms. Delia - Tune Up Philly Director

We are so excited to begin our year at the People for People Charter School! Close to 60 families are able to take advantage of our program, allowing siblings to progress alongside each other. Meet Taniyah and TaQuan Finney. Taniyah is in second grade studying the Violin, and TaQuan is in the 3rd grade studying Flute.

Trumpet Student – Khalif Winn

Khalif helping to put away all 70 instruments!

After three weeks in Tune Up Philly, fourth grader Khalif Winn has become one of our star students! His trumpet teacher, Dan Wright, says that he is completely focused all the time and by far the most advanced in the class. He walks through the hallways singing the choir songs, and chooses to stay late to help Ms. Delia put away all of the instruments. Last week he proudly played “Twinkle, Twinkle” on his trumpet for younger children in the after-care program.

When we first met Khalif, we weren’t sure he was right for the program. He wouldn’t sit still, he flitted around the classroom and liked to rough house with the other boys. He has certainly proven us wrong and we can’t wait to see him a year from now!

PYO Leadership

Louis Scaglione
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.

Tune Up Philly Leadership

Director – Delia Raab-Snyder is an alumna of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra of the PYO organization, Settlement Music School and the School District of Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music in clarinet performance from The Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Mark Nuccio, and a Masters in Music from The University of Southern California where she was a student of Yehuda Gilad. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and The Bowdoin International Music Festival, and studied the Orff Method at Villanova University. Ms. Raab-Snyder has worked extensively with children in New York, Philadelphia, The Los Angeles Unified School District, and El Centro de Esperanza Infantil in Oaxaca, Mexico. She resides in Philadelphia.

Assistant Director and Site Co-ordinator -Paul Smith is an active composer, performer and educator. As a performer, Mr. Smith has premiered dozens of works to include the premiere of Robert Cuckson’s “Concerto for Guitar” with the Mannes Orchestra under David Hayes and the premiere recording on the Vienna Modern Masters label of David Loeb’s “Asian Fantasias” for solo guitar. He received his Bachelors of Music from the Mannes College of Music studying under Frederic Hand where he was awarded the Associated Music Teacher’s award. Mr. Smith received a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School where he studied under Sharon Isbin and was a recipient of the McCabe Fellowship award, specializing in creating performance based educational outreach programs. He has performed with The New Juilliard Ensemble, ICE, and has received intensive baroque performance coaching from Lionel Party. Mr. Smith’s compositions have been featured in venues ranging from Alice Tully Hall, to Seoul, Korea, and receives regular commissions for new works. His voice and guitar ensemble, The Spoon River Duo, specializes in works for the classical guitar and voice medium and has also premiered numerous commissions. Mr. Smith has developed after school enrichment programs at The School at Columbia University and instrumental instruction at Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia

Faculty 2011-2012

The following are PYO’s Tune Up Philly Teaching Artists for the 2011/2012 school year:

Tune Up Philly Trombone class taught by Teaching Artist Jason Stein


    • Steven Bradshaw, tenor, is a core member of The Crossing, The Bach Collegium of Philadelphia, St. Marks Church, Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Laughing Bird, and the Washington Project. Mr. Bradshaw has appeared as a soloist with many of the region’s top ensembles including Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, Lyric Fest, Bang on a Can, International Contemporary Ensemble, Toby Twining Music, and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.
    • Elysa DiMauro returns for her second year as a French Horn instructor. She has played with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra; she also held the position of third horn with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Ms. DiMauro is the Operations Manager for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, in addition to playing second horn with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony and teaching private lessons. She is an alumnae of PYO’s Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. Ms. DiMauro received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University in 2007 and a Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    • Jassamine Harris plays the violin and was trained under Vladimir Tsypin of the New York Philharmonic Symphony; Helen Kwalwasser, String Dean of Temple University; Dmitri Levine of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and William de Pasquale, former Co-Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She teaches and performs regularly with various chamber groups and orchestras. Ms. Harris earned her Music Education degree at National ChiaYi University with full scholarship offered by Taiwan Government in 2000 and a Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance from Temple University.
    • Agnes Marchione is a clarinetist. Her extensive   orchestral playing includes groups such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Iris Chamber Orchestra, and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Marchione has attended numerous festivals that include Sunflower Music Festival, Bellingham Festival of Music, Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Festival. Her training includes undergraduate studies at the Curtis Instiute of Music with Donald Montanaro and graduate studies with Yehuda Gilad at University of Southern California.
    • Jason Stein is a trombonist, teacher and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago since 2009. He is on faculty with the El Sistema based Chicago YOURS Project and maintains his own private studio with more than 20 students. Mr. Stein has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Branford Marsalis in the Philadelphia Big Brass Ensemble. He received his Bachelor of Music from Boston University and completed his Master of Music degree at Northwestern University.
    • Frances Tate is an active teacher and performer in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. She is currently second flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, piccolo with the Lancaster Symphony, and coprincipal flute with the Endless Mountains Music Festival. In addition she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and the Delaware, Annapolis, Knoxville and Richmond Symphonies. In 2002 she was second place winner in the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition. Ms. Tate has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Michigan and a Master’s from the Peabody Conservatory.
    • Andrea Weber, cellist, returns for her second year with PYO’s Tune Up Philly. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Temple University, Ms. Weber has also worked with PYO’s Musicopia String Orchestra and PRYSM Young Artists Orchestra. Ms. Weber is also a teaching artist for Symphony in C’s educational outreach program, Symphony and Strings. She has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, Symphony in C, and is a founding member of the Elysium String Quartet.
    • Mandy Wolman, violinist, has been a part of several world premieres by New York-based composers Michael Beharie and Steven Long at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY. She soloed with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony premiering works by Philadelphia-based composer, Andrea Clearfield and has performed chamber music recitals in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, performing with the early music groups Tempesta di Mare and Vox Amadeus. Ms. Wolman is also a private instructor.
  • Daniel Wright, trumpeter, brass teacher, and clinician received a Bachelors Degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Daniel regularly performs at a variety of venues in Greater-Philadelphia area. Currently he is the leader of “The Swagg Quartet”, he is a member of the “Don’t Call Me Francis” band, and he can also be heard playing in the pit orchestra for venues such as The Arden or The Forrest Theatre. As well as running his own Private Studio in Bristol PA, Daniel teaches at a number of music programs in the region.