The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute (PYOMI) is committed to increasing access to excellent music education and performance opportunities for students. As part of the organization’s commitment to growth, President and Music Director Louis Scaglione announced the introduction of a new program division, the Philadelphia Youth Symphonic Band (PYSB).
The PYSB is designed to provide advanced student musicians throughout the greater Philadelphia area with access to a repertoire of professional-level wind ensembles and bands as a pathway for musical and personal development. In addition to their musical work and growth, members develop personal traits of character, discipline, perseverance, and citizenship through their work with other serious music students.
Maestro Patrick Bailey is the founding director and conductor of the PYSB. A long-time associate of PYOMI and alumnus of PYO, he is currently Director of Operations and Librarian of the Institute. He is a permanent faculty member of the Pennsbury School District’s internationally acclaimed instrumental music program and currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Drexel University Concert Band program. Maestro Bailey is delighted to begin the Symphonic Band’s inaugural season and said, “Being part of the Institute’s growth over the past sixteen years, as a student of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and as a This is an incredible community of student musicians, families, staff and audiences who help to enable music to have a positive impact on our lives. I am delighted that the organization is reaching a new group of students through the development of the Symphonic Orchestral Program – bringing together orchestral students from across the region to assemble some of the great works from our repertoire will make for a rewarding year. It’s inspiring to work with such talented, dedicated and positive youngsters, I’m delighted to start the season and let’s build this set together.”
Maestro Scaglione is also excited to provide more opportunities for music students and knows that Maestro Bailey is the perfect person to lead them. He said: “Patrick has worked with PYOMI for many years and his passion for education and his determination to provide the highest level experiences for students have made him the perfect choice for PYSB. We hope to reach students who can be involved in their school bands and have greater potential.We have big plans for these musicians.
Rehearsals for the Symphonic Band begin after Thanksgiving weekend on Tuesday nights at Saint Patrick Hall in downtown Philadelphia, and performances will take place throughout the winter and spring. Students will have master class section rehearsals with expert teachers and musicians, exposure to advanced wind orchestra literature through rehearsals and performances, and access to additional resources through the PYO Institute of Music, including audition preparation classes for colleges and conservatories, introductory conducting classes, and access to the PYO’s resource center and student library Institute.
Membership in the Symphonic Band is obtained through an audition process. In-person auditions will be September 17 and 18, and mid/late November on November 15 and 22. The Philadelphia Youth Symphonic Band (PYSB) accepts woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, double bass, and harp students ages 13 at 18 years old. Audition details are available at www.pyomusic.org.
About the PYO Music Institute: The acclaimed PYO Music Institute, launching its 83rd season in September, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected youth orchestra and community music education organizations. PYO Music Institute provides talented young musicians from across the tri-state area with an exceptional musical education and is committed to nurturing the leaders of tomorrow. Its students continue to excel in various fields and many become professional orchestral musicians, performing locally and around the world. Many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are proud alumni of the PYO Music Institute.
The new Philadelphia Youth Symphonic Band is one of the program’s eight divisions. The Institute’s anchor group is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), led by PYOMI President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, which includes 125 talented instrumentalists between the ages of 15 and 21. Young musicians aged 13 to 18 are part of PYO’s companion ensemble, the
The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), which is conducted by Music Director and Conductor of the Drexel University Symphony Orchestra Rosalind Erwin. Young Musicians Debut Orchestra (YMDO), led by Maestro Kenneth Bean, is a beginner-to-intermediate level full orchestra symphony that offers most students ages 11-17 a first introduction to playing in a full symphony orchestra. Bravo Brass, led by former Curtis Institute of Music Dean Maestro Paul Bryan, is a brass ensemble for promising middle and high school instrumentalists. Prysm Strings and Prysm Strings Young
Artist Ensembles offer large ensemble and sectional masterclasses for beginner and intermediate students ages 6-14. The director and conductor of Prysm Strings is Gloria dePasquale, former cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the conductor of Prysm Strings Young Artists is Andrea Weber. Pizzicato Players, led by Paul Smith, is an ensemble offering for students playing a plucked instrument that aims to develop critical and large ensemble skills and ensemble experience. Tune Up Philly – Orchestral Pathways Program (TUP) is the PYO Music Institute’s after-school music program, led by Paul Smith, that focuses on building and inspiring true community by providing children from disadvantaged communities with opportunities invaluable to learn and perform a differentiated curriculum of orchestral music.