Category Archives: instruments

Spotlight on Clarinet Class

We asked three members of our clarinet class to let you know a little bit about their class and their experience at Tune Up Philly. These are written by a 3rd, 4th and 5th grader. Let me introduce you to our guest bloggers: Marneisha, Marcus, and Ta’Asia.

This week's bloggers: Marcus, Ta'Asia and  Marneisha.

This week’s bloggers: Marcus, Ta’Asia and Marneisha.

Ta’Asia – 9 years old, 3rd Grade, North Philly

My name is Ta’Asia and I play clarinet. I really enjoy my instrument because its a real joy. I really really respect Ms. Agnes because she is my teacher. Ms. Delia and Mr.Paul are really good musicians and role models. Tune Up Philly is a really good program and to me is an honor to be in it. My fellow classmates are Marneisha, Marcus, Turae and Emmanuel and they are a real help to me. I really enjoy my instrument, friends, teachers and Tune Up Philly. I hope that some people out there reading this will consider coming to visit Tune Up Philly.

Marneisha -10 years old, 4th Grade, North Philly

Tune Up Philly is the best. I play the clarinet. It is awesome. My teacher is Ms. Agnes. She is the best. And some times we have Ms. Delia. Ms. Delia play the clarinet too. All my classmates are pretty cool. And we do lots of trips and concerts too. I can play things like Frosty the Snowman, Mary had a little lamb, twinkle twinkle little star and silent night and I can play more. Tune Up Philly is great and I like it. We go on trips like the library. My mom came to that trip and I think we sounded good. So did she. We also had summer classes. We played Billie Jean. And Mr. Paul helps Miss Delia and makes his own songs for us.

Marcus – 11, 5th Grade, Fairmount

I think Tune Up Philly is a great program because we sometimes play fun songs and the clarinet is the best because it play lower than the flute and it has many scales you can play. My best friend is class is Manny he is kinda like the class clown. The others in my class are Marneisha, Ta’Asia and Turae. Marneisha is a nice girl. Ta’Asia is an awesome friend to have and to tell secrets to. Turae is kinda like Manny but she is a girl so sometimes not as funny. I am kind and nice.


Happy New Year from Tune Up Philly!

Divine and Badirah play at the Tune Up Philly Winter concert

Divine and Badirah play at the Tune Up Philly Winter concert

Tune Up Philly has so many things to celebrate this year! 2012 has been an incredible year for us. Our program “arrived” this year and we were able to see and hear amazing results from our students. Our December concert went off without a hitch, and our students played their hearts out. We want to thank all of our students and their families for making that concert a huge success. We put on over 25 concerts throughout 2012, our students were selected to participate in many partner organizations and festivals, and we have watched as our students have matured over the past year. We can’t wait to see what 2013 brings for our program!

We are also very happy to announce that we have received a grant from the D’Addario Foundation. Not only have we received a monetary grant from them, but also an in kind donation that we can use to purchase all kinds of supplies! Please vist their site:

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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.