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2013 PYO Gala at The Kimmel Center

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Hi, my name is Elizabeth, and I’m a senior at Friends Select School. At my school, internships are a graduation requirement. I chose to do my internship at Tune Up Philly because music education is very important to me. I … Continue reading


Hi, I’m Adina and I’m a senior at JR Masterman High School. Before they graduate every year, seniors are required to leave the very familiar surroundings of the school and of teachers they know, and venture out into the “real” … Continue reading

Meet the Interns!

We are so lucky to be joined by three fantastic interns from Mastery Charter School’s Lenfest and Thomas Campus. Here are some guest blogs, check out what they have to say about their experience.


YO, YO, YO!! Its yah boy Daniel Covington and I’ve been interning at Tune up Philly and it’s been a very enjoyable experience working with the kids and seeing how talented they are. They remind me of myself when I was there age minus the reading music and playing the classical music LOL. When I was interning there I became a mentor to this kid named Hassan he was a trombone player but I’m a drummer but being a mentor to this kid was like my uncle being a mentor to me there wasn’t much advice couldn’t give to him like telling the right notes an all but I told him that the only way you can give up is if you don’t try as hard as you can when playing your instrument and from that point on he’s been practicing nonstop playing well in class and catching notes like never before. For my next line of work I hope I get to work at Tune UP Philly. THIS IS YA BOY Daniel Hit ME Back if you want to know more about me as a musician LATER.



Hi I’m Juwan I am 16 and I’m enrolled in an internship program with Tune up Philly. I chose this internship program because I compose my own music and I would like to teach youth the importance of music. I’ve done many things to help with the program and have done many things to help with the program and have had many good experiences. Like playing the piano for the children, listening to the children play their instruments almost expertly. I am ready to see what this internship has in store for me.


My name is Jasmine Langley and being an intern at Tune Up Philly Orchestra is a great experience for me because I learn a lot from my mentor and the program. Mostly I with the kids who are a pleasure to be around with, they are always hyperactive. However when it’s time for them to play they go into serious mode and I love it when they all come together to play because the music sounds beautiful and they always work real hard. I’ve been to one of their concerts and they were dressed up and played really well witch shows that there hard work had paid off. There is one student who I adore and her name is Taniya she plays the violin and I feel like she looks up to me and she is such a joy to be around with. Overall, I am really glad that I chose this internship considering I am also a musician, I play the clarinet and I am really looking forward to seeing the rest of the experience of my internship.

A visit from Venezuela!

Maestro Sarpe works with the cello class

Maestro Sarpe works with the cello class

This past Friday, the Tune Up Philly Cello class was excited to host a special guest, Maestro Nicholae Sarpe visiting from Venezuela!

Maestro Nicholae Sarpe is a very active teacher and performer. He has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a soloist, orchestra player and teacher. He was principal cellist in Cape Town Symphony, Sinfonia de Venezuela in Caracas and of the famous Orchestra del Academia Santa Cecilia di Roma He performed under the baton of the greatest 20th Century conductors and composers:Stravinsky, Bernstein, Karajan, Sawallish, Ormandy, Solti and Muti to name a few. Maestro Sarpe has taught cello, string instruction pedagogy and string ensemble in conservatories in the United States, South America and Europe.

This was the first master class experience for these students and we thank Maestro Sarpe for his fantastic class!

It’s Giving Tuesday….

In honor of giving Tuesday, consider making a tax deductible donation to Tune Up Philly! Your donations help us to continue our program of intensive mentoring and music instruction with nearly 100 students in North Philadelphia. With your support our students can continue to provide concerts within their own communities throughout Philadelphia. Music really is a vehicle for social change!

1st graders Keith and Wyneef with our Djembe Collection

Imani Winds Concert!

Yesterday, Tune Up Philly had 20 attendees at the Imani Winds concert at the Philadelphia Art Museum. This was made possible through the generous contribution of tickets by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society!

It was by far the best concert we have attended as a program, and one of the best times I have had at a classical concert (this is Ms. Delia, Tune Up Philly Director) in years. I sat with several of our students and their families throughout the concert. I observed how the quintet quickly broke down the often rigid barriers between audience and performer without compromising the integrity of their performance. They carefully selected a program that was both accessible and challenging to the listener and comfortably addressed the audience from the stage. It was like a breath of fresh air for this classical concert-goer!

At Tune Up Philly, we work so hard with our students on their executive functioning skills. We focus deeply on group dynamics, waiting your turn and self-regulation in so many other forms. It was amazing to sit with our students and watch as they were captivated by this concert. I could see all the hard work of learning self-regulation paying off at this concert. It was a fantastic combination of what our students have learned to do best and the fabulous concert. Not one elementary school student made a peep during the concert, they were so focused.

All of our students and their families sprang to their feet with resounding applause and one young French horn student commented “Thank you so much for bringing me. This is the best thing I’ve ever been to.” His mom chimed in “It was like they were having a conversation on stage. It was so fantastic!”