PYO Music Institute

Staff Directory

Louis Scaglione, President, CEO, & Music Director

Maestro Louis Scaglione has spent the better part of 30 years developing his craft as a musician, educator, conductor, and administrative executive.  His career has afforded him extensive experience in orchestral, choral, and opera literature, as well as in education and executive administration.  Known nationally, he has established himself within the greater Delaware Valley region as an esteemed and well-respected colleague.  He has also developed sound relations with many arts, educational, and cultural organizations and institutions.

His professional career began in 1993 when he moved to Philadelphia from Champaign, Illinois, where he attended the University of Illinois having received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and had advanced studies in piano performance, vocal coaching, opera, and choral music.  He completed his Master of Music in 1996 from Temple University.  At Temple University, he was awarded fellowship and teaching assistantship to complete his graduate work.  His graduate teaching assistantship was with the opera department and the theory department.  As a teaching assistant, his primary assignment was to assist the Temple Opera Theater’s efforts to rebuild its program and serve as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master.

For the past 23 years, he has worked with PYO Music Institute (PYO) and he is currently President, CEO, and Music Director.  Celebrating its 80th anniversary, PYO Music Institute has grown exponentially during his tenure and under his direction to include six program divisions serving nearly 600 students a year drawn from over 20 counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.  His work relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion through PYO Music Institute’s nationally recognized orchestral music learning pathway has garnered attention and funding from major foundation sources both regionally and nationally.  PYO Music Institute’s program divisions are directed by some of the top music professionals from the region and many of PYO’s master class faculty is drawn from The Philadelphia Orchestra.  PYO Music Institute’s program divisions attract the very best students from a diverse population who seek extraordinary music education and the pursuit of music excellence, while building a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment, and maturity.

Under Maestro Scaglione’s leadership, the PYO organization has grown to five large ensemble/orchestral divisions including PYO Music Institute, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Young Musicians Debut Orchestra, Bravo Brass, Prysm Strings, and one community enrichment and engagement program entitled Tune Up Philly - Orchestral Pathways Program.   He has devoted his career to music education and the instruction of music at the highest levels.  During his time with PYO Music Institute, he has conducted many major works from the orchestra literature cannon, as well as choral-orchestral masterworks.  He has collaborated with many soloists, both instrumental and vocal, as well as distinguished choral societies including the Mendelssohn Club Chorus (Philadelphia) and the Choral Society of Montgomery County (Pennsylvania).   He established PYO’s highly regarded concert series at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and PYO Music Institute’s performances are featured in a broadcast series on 90.1 WRTI-FM in Philadelphia.  This series is unique nationally among youth orchestras.  He has taken the PYO Music Institute on five international concert tours during his tenure.  In June 2020, PYO will tour Greece performing in several internationally recognized summer music festivals under Maestro Scaglione’s direction.  Through his work with PYO Music Institute, he has earned the respect of Philadelphia’s greater professional community and he has distinguished himself as a highly regarded musician, educator and conductor in the region.

Concurrent with his tenure with PYO Music Institute, Maestro Scaglione has held several other positions with regional performing arts organizations.  In 2019, he was invited to join the Rowan University’s School of Music as Visiting Guest Artist.  While in residence, he conducted the Rowan University Orchestra and Rowan University Opera Department in fully-staged performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as works for orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSince 2012, he has annually worked with Philadelphia International Music Festival, a summer music program in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, as principal conductor and member of the faculty.  He served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and then Chief Financial Officer of The Philly Pops from 2011 to 2019 and was a member of the executive team that took The Philly Pops from bankruptcy to prosperity.  He also served as Artistic Director of the Choral Society of Montgomery County in residence at Montgomery County Community College (Pennsylvania) from 2002 to 2012.  From 2006 through 2010, he was Resident Music Director and Conductor for the Luzerne Music Center (New York). He is a former member of the faculty and administrative staff of Temple University Music Preparatory Division.  Because of his work with PYO Music Institute, Maestro Scaglione was elected by his peers in 2006 to serve as Chairman of the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the League of American Orchestras and he served on the League’s Board of Directors.

Additionally, Maestro Scaglione’s involvement with the greater Philadelphia cultural and social community has included service as a member of several non-profit boards.  Philanthropy is paramount to Maestro Scaglione, and he teaches his students the importance of “giving-back” to one’s community through one’s talents. ​

Eric Oatts, Administrative Director

Eric Oatts is an avid supporter of music education. As an arts administrator, teacher, composer, and performing musician, he is currently the Administrative Director for the PYO Music Institute. Prior to joining the PYO administrative staff, Mr. Oatts held the position of Director of Operations and Orchestra Programs at the Philadelphia International Music Festival located at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Previously, he served as Operations Assistant at the Marlboro School of Music and Festival in Marlboro, VT, as Orchestra Manager for the New York String Orchestra in New York, NY, and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for both the Department of Jazz Studies and the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas School of Music in Lawrence, KS.

As an administrator, Mr. Oatts has worked closely with some of the world’s most well-respected performing artists, such as Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, and Richard Goode. A talented composer and saxophonist, he has also performed with renowned acts such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Walter Smith III, Sean Jones, Marshall Gilkes, and Alan Ferber. He continues to teach, compose, and perform throughout the United States.

Mr. Oatts holds the degrees of Master of Music in Composition from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, MO. He is originally from Des Moines, IA.

Danielle Johnson, Development Director

As an avid arts administrator and Development Director for the PYO Music Institute, Danielle Johnson is thrilled to connect patrons with the mission of PYO – to transform young lives through the power of excellent and accessible music education.
Prior to joining the PYO Music Institute, Danielle served as Manager of Learning and Wellness for the Philadelphia Orchestra, a role in which she actively engaged the Philadelphia community through educational programming for young musicians, schools, and families, and immersive community engagement with individuals experiencing trauma such as homelessness, incarceration, and health crises. Her previous role with The Florida Orchestra in the Tampa Bay area (of which she is a native) included similar educational programming, focusing primarily on youth and community music-making.
The seeds of Danielle’s dedication to development in the arts were planted in college, when she co-directed a student-led benefit concert at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music to support Haitian earthquake victims. This experience led to participation in the DeVos Institute’s internship program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she served as a development intern for the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera.
Committed to life-long learning as well as supporting others in their growth, Danielle participated in the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestra Management program in 2015 and subsequently as a member of the League’s Education and Community Engagement Leadership Committee. Danielle is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, where she studied cello with Professor Norman Fischer. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, fitness, gardening, and travelling.

Patrick Bailey, Operations Director & Librarian

Patrick works to engage students through music - education, performance, and advocacy are common threads. An alumni of the PYO Music Institute program (2006-2012), he knows that the student experience here is one that cultivates musical and personal development in our community's future leaders.

Currently, Patrick is a tenured faculty member of the Pennsbury School District instrumental music program - Pennsbury has been recognized as one of the top communities for music education in the country by the NAMM foundation for the last decade. Patrick serves on the artistic and administrative staff for the PYO Music Institute as Assistant Conductor and Operations Director & Librarian. Patrick also serves on the adjunct faculty at Drexel University as the Music Director & Conductor of the Drexel University Concert Band.

Past positions in higher education include adjunct professor at Temple University, where he co-authored the Arts Enterprise course on personal financial management and entrepreneurship in the arts, and adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design where he taught entrepreneurship in the business minor program. He is also an active freelance percussionist and private lesson instructor for percussion students: performances as a soloist included the 2012 North American Debut of John Psathas’s Timpani Concerto “Planet Damnation”. He is a published composer and author, and an active clinician and guest conductor.

Patrick holds degrees from Temple University (B.M. Music Education) and Drexel University (M.S. Arts Administration), as well as continuing education credits from the University of the Arts and the American College of Education. Graduate research at Drexel focused on the goals, communication channels, and funding structures of non-profit performing arts organizations' arts education programming in public schools. This research has helped to engage arts leaders in conversations about how arts education programs are structured and implemented, and how those programming decisions impact students’ musical experiences. In 2016, Patrick was awarded the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Arts by Drexel University. Other honors include Temple University’s Jack Moore Scholarship for contributions to the percussion department, PYO Music Institute’s Helen Carp distinguished service award, Pennsbury’s Stan Kenton Award for excellence in jazz, and membership in various academic honors societies. Patrick is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, and National Association for Music Education.

Ashley Vines, Administrative & Development Assistant

Ashley began her music studies as a student in the School District of Philadelphia and is a PYO Music Institute alumna. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and was a viola student of Renard Edwards. She was a recipient of the 2016-2017 IRIS Artist Fellowship, a residency program where she performed in a chamber ensemble with a focus on community outreach, and taught as a community engagement fellow through Memphis Music Initiative at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School. Currently, Ashley is a violin and viola teaching artist with Musicopia, PYO Music Institute's Tune Up Philly, and ensemble director through Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program and is also a registered Suzuki instructor who studied under Marilyn O'Boyle and Martha Shackford. Ashley is a member of IRIS Orchestra and as freelance musician, she has performed with groups such as Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Riverside Sinfonia, Eboni Strings, and more. Ashley has also played in masterclasses with artists such as the Nokuthula Nqwenyama, and members of the Emerson, Ceruti Quartet and Aizuri String Quartet.

Louis Scaglione, Music Director

Maestro Louis Scaglione has spent the better part of 30 years developing his craft as a musician, educator, conductor, and administrative executive.  His career has afforded him extensive experience in orchestral, choral, and opera literature, as well as in education and executive administration.  Known nationally, he has established himself within the greater Delaware Valley region as an esteemed and well-respected colleague.  He has also developed sound relations with many arts, educational, and cultural organizations and institutions.

His professional career began in 1993 when he moved to Philadelphia from Champaign, Illinois, where he attended the University of Illinois having received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and had advanced studies in piano performance, vocal coaching, opera, and choral music.  He completed his Master of Music in 1996 from Temple University.  At Temple University, he was awarded fellowship and teaching assistantship to complete his graduate work.  His graduate teaching assistantship was with the opera department and the theory department.  As a teaching assistant, his primary assignment was to assist the Temple Opera Theater’s efforts to rebuild its program and serve as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master.

For the past 23 years, he has worked with PYO Music Institute (PYO) and he is currently President, CEO, and Music Director.  Celebrating its 80th anniversary, PYO Music Institute has grown exponentially during his tenure and under his direction to include six program divisions serving nearly 600 students a year drawn from over 20 counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.  His work relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion through PYO Music Institute’s nationally recognized orchestral music learning pathway has garnered attention and funding from major foundation sources both regionally and nationally.  PYO Music Institute’s program divisions are directed by some of the top music professionals from the region and many of PYO’s master class faculty is drawn from The Philadelphia Orchestra.  PYO Music Institute’s program divisions attract the very best students from a diverse population who seek extraordinary music education and the pursuit of music excellence, while building a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment, and maturity.

Under Maestro Scaglione’s leadership, the PYO organization has grown to five large ensemble/orchestral divisions including PYO Music Institute, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Young Musicians Debut Orchestra, Bravo Brass, Prysm Strings, and one community enrichment and engagement program entitled Tune Up Philly - Orchestral Pathways Program.   He has devoted his career to music education and the instruction of music at the highest levels.  During his time with PYO Music Institute, he has conducted many major works from the orchestra literature cannon, as well as choral-orchestral masterworks.  He has collaborated with many soloists, both instrumental and vocal, as well as distinguished choral societies including the Mendelssohn Club Chorus (Philadelphia) and the Choral Society of Montgomery County (Pennsylvania).   He established PYO’s highly regarded concert series at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and PYO Music Institute’s performances are featured in a broadcast series on 90.1 WRTI-FM in Philadelphia.  This series is unique nationally among youth orchestras.  He has taken the PYO Music Institute on five international concert tours during his tenure.  In June 2020, PYO will tour Greece performing in several internationally recognized summer music festivals under Maestro Scaglione’s direction.  Through his work with PYO Music Institute, he has earned the respect of Philadelphia’s greater professional community and he has distinguished himself as a highly regarded musician, educator and conductor in the region.

Concurrent with his tenure with PYO Music Institute, Maestro Scaglione has held several other positions with regional performing arts organizations.  In 2019, he was invited to join the Rowan University’s School of Music as Visiting Guest Artist.  While in residence, he conducted the Rowan University Orchestra and Rowan University Opera Department in fully-staged performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as works for orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSince 2012, he has annually worked with Philadelphia International Music Festival, a summer music program in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, as principal conductor and member of the faculty.  He served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and then Chief Financial Officer of The Philly Pops from 2011 to 2019 and was a member of the executive team that took The Philly Pops from bankruptcy to prosperity.  He also served as Artistic Director of the Choral Society of Montgomery County in residence at Montgomery County Community College (Pennsylvania) from 2002 to 2012.  From 2006 through 2010, he was Resident Music Director and Conductor for the Luzerne Music Center (New York). He is a former member of the faculty and administrative staff of Temple University Music Preparatory Division.  Because of his work with PYO Music Institute, Maestro Scaglione was elected by his peers in 2006 to serve as Chairman of the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the League of American Orchestras and he served on the League’s Board of Directors.

Additionally, Maestro Scaglione’s involvement with the greater Philadelphia cultural and social community has included service as a member of several non-profit boards.  Philanthropy is paramount to Maestro Scaglione, and he teaches his students the importance of “giving-back” to one’s community through one’s talents. ​

Rosalind Erwin, Director and Conductor

A creative and highly accomplished conductor, Rosalind Erwin is welcome on podiums both in the USA and abroad. Born in Great Falls, Montana, Rosalind Erwin began her musical studies as a child on the clarinet and piano, and made her conducting debut at age 13. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Performance from the New School of Music in Philadelphia where she received an NEA Fellowship, and her Masters in Performance from Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University where she studied with Anthony Gigliotti, Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and was appointed Resident Conductor of the Composition Department. Rosalind Erwin is an accomplished instrumental performer, having appeared as clarinet soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and having performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has studied with and been mentored by some of the great names in the conducting world, including Loren Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Joseph Barone, Sidney Rothstein and William Smith.

Rosalind Erwin was the founder and creative force behind Musica 2000 – The Symphony Orchestra, dedicated to commissioning and performing works by emerging American composers. As Conductor and Music Director of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Erwin artistically elevated the regional professional orchestra, expanded educational outreach and brought contemporary music into the mainstream of concert programming. Erwin and the Orchestra’s concerts were regularly rebroadcast on Philadelphia NPR station WHYY’s Symphony Space. During Erwin’s tenure the PSO was offered a rare recording opportunity with American independent label Newport Classics.

Guest conducting engagements have included orchestras in Portugal, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, as well as throughout the USA. She was featured conductor during American Music Week with the Sophia Philharmonic in Bulgaria.Erwin guest conducted Sinfonijski orkestar Hvratska vojske, Zagreb, Croatia, performing the Croatian premier of David Gillinghams’ Marimba Concerto No. 2 with internationally renowned marimbist Ivana Bilič.

Rosalind Erwin has guest conducted numerous All-State, Regional and District Festival Orchestras for Music Educator Associations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Erwin is the former Music Director and Conductor of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra, Luzerne Music Center Orchestras and Settlement Music School Advanced Studies Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble. Erwin served as an Adjunct Professor of Music and Conducting at The College of New Jersey, and was invited to become a Staff Conductor for the Philadelphia International Music Festival where she also taught a Masters of Music course.

In 2013 Erwin was hired by Drexel University to build and conduct the Drexel University Orchestra. In January of 2014, Erwin was named Director and Conductor/Artistic Staff of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. Erwin recently accepted an invitation to teach conducting at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, where she began her serious study of the art of conducting with founding director, Dr. Joseph Barone.

 

Patrick Bailey, Assistant Conductor

Patrick works to engage students through music - education, performance, and advocacy are common threads. An alumni of the PYO Music Institute program (2006-2012), he knows that the student experience here is one that cultivates musical and personal development in our community's future leaders.

Currently, Patrick is a tenured faculty member of the Pennsbury School District instrumental music program - Pennsbury has been recognized as one of the top communities for music education in the country by the NAMM foundation for the last decade. Patrick serves on the artistic and administrative staff for the PYO Music Institute as Assistant Conductor and Operations Director & Librarian. Patrick also serves on the adjunct faculty at Drexel University as the Music Director & Conductor of the Drexel University Concert Band.

Past positions in higher education include adjunct professor at Temple University, where he co-authored the Arts Enterprise course on personal financial management and entrepreneurship in the arts, and adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design where he taught entrepreneurship in the business minor program. He is also an active freelance percussionist and private lesson instructor for percussion students: performances as a soloist included the 2012 North American Debut of John Psathas’s Timpani Concerto “Planet Damnation”. He is a published composer and author, and an active clinician and guest conductor.

Patrick holds degrees from Temple University (B.M. Music Education) and Drexel University (M.S. Arts Administration), as well as continuing education credits from the University of the Arts and the American College of Education. Graduate research at Drexel focused on the goals, communication channels, and funding structures of non-profit performing arts organizations' arts education programming in public schools. This research has helped to engage arts leaders in conversations about how arts education programs are structured and implemented, and how those programming decisions impact students’ musical experiences. In 2016, Patrick was awarded the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Arts by Drexel University. Other honors include Temple University’s Jack Moore Scholarship for contributions to the percussion department, PYO Music Institute’s Helen Carp distinguished service award, Pennsbury’s Stan Kenton Award for excellence in jazz, and membership in various academic honors societies. Patrick is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, and National Association for Music Education.

Kenneth T. Bean, Director and Conductor

Kenneth began seriously studying music as a high school student when he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. He matriculated to Oberlin Conservatory where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, following which he completed a Master of Music Education from Jackson State University.

As a trumpeter, Kenneth has enjoyed a thriving freelance career, playing with such ensembles as Mannheim Steamroller, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra.  He can be heard on recordings with Symphony in C, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.

Following a desire to pass on the gift of music, Kenneth has worked with a number of music education organizations, including Play on, Philly! and Settlement Music School, both of which serve Philadelphia youth.  He has also taught at summer festivals, such as Kinhaven Music School and Luzerne Music Center.  He currently serves as Associate Director of the Primavera Fund, an initiative to fund music education for youth in Philadelphia.

In recent years, Kenneth has been most fortunate to engage his passion for conducting.  He held the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley from 2011-2015.  In 2016, he was appointed Music Director/Conductor of the Young People’s Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley.  He also serves as the Conductor for the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra and and was recently appointed as Assistant Conductor of Symphony in C. Kenneth currently lives in West Philadelphia.

 

Rachel Segal, Associate Director

A native Philadelphian, Rachel has enjoyed an exciting and varied career both at home and abroad. As a performer, her career highlights include more than a decade as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is Concertmaster of the Central City Opera Orchestra and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony.

Rachel began her violin studies at age three in the Suzuki Method. As a teen she participated in the PYO Music Institute, Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Settlement Music School, and The New York String Orchestra Seminar. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan in the studio of Paul Kantor and her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music in the studio of Sidney Harth. Other teachers include Jerome Wigler and Barbara Govatos.

Rachel’s commitment to education and outreach have taken her into dozens of public schools for performances and residencies, and she has held faculty positions at Regis University and the Community College of Aurora, as well as at the Luzerne Music Center. She has worked extensively as a chamber music and sectionals coach for the Denver youth orchestras and as a private teacher.

In addition to traditional classical music, Rachel is a champion of new music, and has premiered many new works of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. She was also Concertmaster for the Central City Opera’s premiere of Poet Li Bai, an opera by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing. Rachel has performed with some of the world’s most famous popular artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., DeVotchKa, Amanda Palmer, Otis Taylor, and Ben Folds. Rachel was a lead violinist for the Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango and performed frequently with the Extasis Tango Quartet in Denver.

Rachel currently performs frequently with The Philly Pops and The Orchestra of The Pennsylvania Ballet, is a core member of The Fairmount String Quartet, and is a founding member of The Media Lunas, an Argentine Tango band based in Media, PA. Rachel is the Associate Director and String Faculty Coordinator for The Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra.  Learn more at www.rachelsegal.info.

Paul Bryan, Director and Conductor

Paul Bryan leads a distinguished career as both performer and educator. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University where he studied trombone with Glenn Dodson and Eric Carlson and conducting with David Hayes, Arthur Chodoroff, and Lawrence Wagner, Paul currently serves as Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass – the PYO Music Institute brass ensemble, Music Director of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, Head Conductor of the Young Artists Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest, Music Director of the Symphony in C Summer Camp, and a faculty member at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Described by composer Eric Ewazen as a “stunning” interpreter producing performances with “riveting momentum and heartfelt lyricism,” Paul has led concerts with a variety of groups—from the wind and brass ensembles of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to Boyz II Men.

Sought after for his ability to train gifted instrumentalists, Paul pushes his groups to take risks and to make music as opposed to just playing it. Past positions have included Conductor of the Drexel University Orchestra, Conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Concert Band, and appearances with the ensembles of the New York Summer Music Festival, Play On, Philly!, and numerous honor groups in the Delaware Valley.

A respected member of the Philadelphia area’s musical community, Paul serves as Dean of the Curtis Institute of Music where he directs the educational programming and curricular life of one of the world’s foremost conservatories.

Barry McCommon, Associate Conductor

Barry McCommon is a musician that defies categorization. Having begun his career while still enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, his versatility has earned him respect as a “crossover” artist, performing in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the House of Blues with anyone from the Royal Ballet, to the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, to R&B legend Aretha Franklin. A member of the genre-bending Nu Directions Chamber Brass, Mr. McCommon is to some the tuxedo-clad classical bass trombonist for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia—to others he’s the jazz musician they’ve seen backing the likes of
Herbie Hancock—in another realm, he regularly can be seen on the r&b/funk circuit of Philadelphia and Atlantic City with luminaries such as Pattie Labelle.
In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. McCommon is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts where he teaches lessons and directs the UArts Trombone Ensemble. He is an Associate Conductor of Bravo Brass and was on faculty of the Philadelphia International Music Festival, where he taught chamber music and solo performance classes.

Robert Skoniczin, Associate Conductor

Robert Skoniczin performs in a variety of settings, including classical, commercial, jazz, and touring Broadway shows. Rob has backed various star attractions and can be heard on several recordings including Manhattan Transfer’s DVD The Christmas Concert, Reanimations and Shadowcatcher with the West Chester University Wind Ensemble, American Anthems with the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, and numerous spots for NFL Films. In October 2015, Rob made his Carnegie Hall debut performing with Tromba Mundi, where three new works for trumpet ensemble were unveiled. His principal teachers have included Vince Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and Christopher Tranchitella of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In May 2014, Rob co-hosted the 39th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in King of Prussia with his fellow West Chester University colleague, JC Dobrzelewski. He teaches trumpet at the University of Delaware and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the National Band Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and Phi Beta Kappa. Rob is a performing artist for S.E. Shires trumpets.

Karen Schubert, Horn Faculty

Karen Schubert is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music. She is principal horn of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Opera Delaware, and the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, and is also a member of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Philadelphia orchestra, and the Fairmount Brass Quartet. She has performed as soloist with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Delaware Symphony, and The Kennett Symphony of Chester County. Mrs. Schubert has been on the faculty of Immaculata University and Widener University. She is currently the adjunct horn teacher at Cairn University and maintains a private horn studio.

Brian Brown, Tuba Faculty

Brian Brown earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School. His major teachers include Paul Krzywicki, Don Harry, Donald Harwood and Vincent Penzarella. He is currently principal tuba of The Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and The Stamford (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra. As an active freelance musician, Mr. Brown has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia among others. He is the tuba player for NFL Films. He is a member of the Westminster Brass and the Rowan University Faculty Brass Quintet. Mr Brown is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the College of New Jersey, Rowan University, University of Delaware and lecturer at Princeton University.

 

Gloria dePasquale, Director and Conductor

Gloria dePasquale joined the ‘cello section of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy. She is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music and graduated with honors with both her BM and MM degrees as a student of Stephen Geber.

‘Cellist of the dePasquale String Quartet for more than two decades, the quartet was in residence at Villanova University and presented a highly acclaimed chamber music series performing with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Andre Watts. Ms. dePasquale was also ‘cellist of the dePasquale trio, performing alongside daughter, Francesca and her late husband, William.

Mr. and Mrs. dePasquale were frequent soloists with area community and youth orchestras, performing both the Brahms Double Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ La Muse et le Poète. Their last public performance together was in June of 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center performing with PYO. Mrs. dePasquale had also appeared as soloist with the PYO in Verizon Hall, performing Haydn’s C Major ‘Cello Concerto and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Ms. dePasquale is an advocate for music education both at The Philadelphia Orchestra where she serves on the musician education committee and at the PYO organization where she is Artistic Advisor to the organization. In addition to serving as director and conductor for PRYSM, Ms. dePasquale designed and directs the PYO College and Conservatory Audition Preparation Program and directs the PYO masterclass and sectional program.

Ms. DePasquale maintains a large private studio and her graduating students are regularly accepted to the nation’s finest conservatories, colleges, and universities. Ms. DePasquale teaches for the New York State School of Orchestral Studies and is also on the faculty of Luzerne (NY) Music Center, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall’s NYO2.

Ms. dePasquale serves on the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the board of the League of American Orchestras.

 

Andrea Weber, Conductor - PRYSM Young Artists

Andrea Weber, cellist and string specialist, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Andrea joined PRYSM as a cello coach in 2007, and now enjoys working with the Young Artists division as its conductor. Ms. Weber is also an original member of the Tune Up Philly Teaching Artists faculty; she currently coaches cellists as well as the program's string ensemble. In addition to her various positions with the PYO Music Institute, Andrea currently holds such positions as Lower School String Specialist at the Friends Select School and Teaching Artist for the Musicopia String Orchestra.  Ms. Weber has a private ‘cello studio which focuses on the beginning and intermediate levels.

As a cellist, Andrea performs with an array of classical and folk musicians in the region. From 2007 through 2012 she worked as a section ‘cellist for the Lancaster Symphony and Symphony in C. She is a founding member of the Elysium String Quartet, which was formed in 2008 and performs frequently in the Lehigh Valley region. In addition to performing in classical ensembles, Andrea began working with folk songwriters in 2008; her award-winning recordings with such songwriters as Andrea Nardello, Matt Duke, and Ross Bellenoit have been aired on national radio. Her work in this genre is featured in over 25 records.

 

Robert dePasquale

Robert dePasquale was a member of the New York Philharmonic before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1964, where he served as Associate Principal Second Violin until his retirement in 1997. He studied at the New School of Music with Jascha Brodsky, and gave many recitals in Philadelphia and Washington while he was a member of the US Navy Band. He is now currently Music Director of the Academy of Community Music, which he co-founded in 1983 with his wife, Ellen Fisher. He is a very sought after teacher and maintains a large studio in the Philadelphia area.

Hannah Doucette

Hannah Doucette, violin, earned a Master of Music degree in string pedagogy from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from The Hartt School. She is a former student of William dePasquale. Hannah is the Violin/Viola Instructor, Private Music Lesson Coordinator, and Lower School Orchestra Director at Germantown Academy. In addition, she is certified in books 1-8 of the Suzuki Method and works with various Suzuki programs. Hannah has been on the adjunct faculty at Moravian College, Temple University, and Ursinus College and performed in chamber groups and orchestras throughout the East Coast and Peru.

Herold Klein

Herold Klein joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1971, and following forty years of service, retired in October of 2011, performing as a substitute for the following two years. He began studying the violin at the age of four with private teachers in Detroit, and was playing with community orchestras, including the South Oakland Symphony, by the time he was nine. He continued his studies at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, at the Meadowmount School of Music, and at the American Federation of Musicians Congress of Strings. His teachers have included Mischa Mischakoff, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian. Mr. Klein entered Wayne State University in 1962, joined the Indianapolis Symphony the following year, and, in 1964, became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra while continuing his academic studies at Wayne State University. Mr. Klein was a member of the United States Army Band Strolling Strings, and from 1987 until 2012 he served as Concertmaster of the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra. Since 1991, he has enjoyed giving his time as a Concertmaster of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, and more recently has assisted the Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra in the same capacity as well. He is also a former member of the Camilli String Quartet. For the past several years, Mr. Klein has taught at the Philadelphia International Music Festival held at Bryn Mawr College. In his free time, Mr. Klein enjoys woodworking, sailing and gardening, and is an avid cyclist, having logged thousands of miles, raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis. 

 

Lauren Scott

Lauren Ellis Scott joined the PRYSM faculty in 2007, and she enjoys teaching violin and viola to young musicians. Now in her 9th year of teaching, Lauren is an orchestra director in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and a Teaching Artist with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Lauren's student orchestras have received top honors from the New York State and Massachusetts Music Educators Associations, nominations for Metropolitan High School Theater awards, and praise following collaborative performances with students in Shanghai. She is a graduate of Temple University and Stony Brook University, and recently trained with Suzuki pedagogue Ronda Cole. Lauren received the Max Aronoff Prize in 2009 and was nominated for Stony Brook University's 40 Under 40 in 2016. She is an active violinist and violist who has performed with the Charleston Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and The Philly Pops, among others. In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling and playing chamber music.

Angela Sulzer

Angela Sulzer studied violin performance at Temple University as a student of William dePasquale. She has been a member of the PRYSM violin faculty since 2007. Angela is currently a string instructor at the Agnes Irwin School, and Teaching Artist for Maestro’s Friends After School Music. An avid performer and orchestral musician, Angela has spent many summers studying at Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, Festival of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas in Puerto Rico, and most recently the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland.

James Wilson

James Wilson is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received his master’s degree studying with Clio Gould, concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned his bachelor’s degree studying with William dePasquale at Temple University. James is an alumnus of the PYO organization, having played in the orchestra for two seasons. He is the PRYSM Operations Manager and member of the violin faculty.

Matthew Barrell

Matthew Barrell, viola coach, is enjoyinghis sixth season with PRYSM. He is a graduate of Temple University with degrees in Viola Performance and Music Education. Mr. Barrell has performed with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, the Reading Pops Orchestra, and the Optimis Quartet. He is looking forward to another exciting season with these talented young musicians.

 

Risa Cullen

Risa Cullen, violist, teaches strings at two elementary schools in Springfield Township School District. Risa graduated Temple University in May 2016, and has her own private teaching studio in the Philadelphia Area.

David Michie

Although primarily a violinist, David Michie is a viola coach for PRYSM. He is an alum of the PYO Music Institute under Maestro Primavera, a former member of the Trenton Symphony, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and the Philly Pops. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and at music festivals in Italy, Great Britain, Australia and Canada. Currently he is Concertmaster of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and was a student of William dePasquale.

Mr. Michie is the founder of David Michie Violins, L.L.C. of Philadelphia, specializing in fine violins, violas and cellos. Along with his wife, Denise and sons Andrew and Kyle (PYO Alumni), he resides in Ardmore, PA.

Gloria dePasquale

Gloria dePasquale joined the ‘cello section of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy. She is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music and graduated with honors with both her BM and MM degrees as a student of Stephen Geber.

‘Cellist of the dePasquale String Quartet for more than two decades, the quartet was in residence at Villanova University and presented a highly acclaimed chamber music series performing with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Andre Watts. Ms. dePasquale was also ‘cellist of the dePasquale trio, performing alongside daughter, Francesca and her late husband, William.

Mr. and Mrs. dePasquale were frequent soloists with area community and youth orchestras, performing both the Brahms Double Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ La Muse et le Poète. Their last public performance together was in June of 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center performing with PYO. Mrs. dePasquale had also appeared as soloist with the PYO in Verizon Hall, performing Haydn’s C Major ‘Cello Concerto and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Ms. dePasquale is an advocate for music education both at The Philadelphia Orchestra where she serves on the musician education committee and at the PYO organization where she is Artistic Advisor to the organization. In addition to serving as director and conductor for PRYSM, Ms. dePasquale designed and directs the PYO College and Conservatory Audition Preparation Program and directs the PYO masterclass and sectional program.

Ms. DePasquale maintains a large private studio and her graduating students are regularly accepted to the nation’s finest conservatories, colleges, and universities. Ms. DePasquale teaches for the New York State School of Orchestral Studies and is also on the faculty of Luzerne (NY) Music Center, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall’s NYO2.

Ms. dePasquale serves on the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the board of the League of American Orchestras.

 

Anthony Pirollo

Anthony Pirollo attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy where he studied with Claus Adam, George Harpham, and William dePasquale. Mr. Pirollo has appeared as solo cellist with the Houston Opera, solo cellist in the United States and Europe for the world premiere of Meredith Monks opera Atlas, as well as principal cellist for such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Mathis. Mr. Pirollo has composed for such groups as M. Stewart Dance and The Society of Ancient Instruments. Mr. Pirollo is assistant conductor of The Bel Canto Opera Company. He currently sits as president of the Atlantic City Musicians Union.

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber, cellist and string specialist, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Andrea joined PRYSM as a cello coach in 2007, and now enjoys working with the Young Artists division as its conductor. Ms. Weber is also an original member of the Tune Up Philly Teaching Artists faculty; she currently coaches cellists as well as the program's string ensemble. In addition to her various positions with the PYO Music Institute, Andrea currently holds such positions as Lower School String Specialist at the Friends Select School and Teaching Artist for the Musicopia String Orchestra.  Ms. Weber has a private ‘cello studio which focuses on the beginning and intermediate levels.

As a cellist, Andrea performs with an array of classical and folk musicians in the region. From 2007 through 2012 she worked as a section ‘cellist for the Lancaster Symphony and Symphony in C. She is a founding member of the Elysium String Quartet, which was formed in 2008 and performs frequently in the Lehigh Valley region. In addition to performing in classical ensembles, Andrea began working with folk songwriters in 2008; her award-winning recordings with such songwriters as Andrea Nardello, Matt Duke, and Ross Bellenoit have been aired on national radio. Her work in this genre is featured in over 25 records.

 

Jerrell Jackson

Philadelphia native Jerrell Jackson is an active performer on the bass, working as a freelance musician throughout the region and around the world. Locally, he has performed with Opera Philadelphia, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia Virtuosi, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In the fall of 2013, Jackson co-founded Philadelphia's new, self-conducted orchestra, PROMETHEUS. This project seeks to redefine artistic responsibility and community engagement, and stands at the forefront of classical music performance. In 2012, Jerrell co-produced a documentary entitled "Documenting Harmony: Music Education in the Holy Land," based on his travels to Palestine to teach and perform in the Al-Kamandjati Baroque Festival for three consecutive years. Jerrell has served on faculty at the PYO Music Institute and Play On, Philly!, an El Sistema-inspired music program. Jerrell attended Domaine Forget Music Festival in Quebec, Canada to study with Paul Ellison, David Allen Moore, and Etienne LaFrance. He most recently studied double bass with Joseph Conyers and Jon Hood of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Paul Smith, Director

Mr. 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.

Jimmy Boyle

Marco Circelli

Marco was born, raised and educated in Milan, Italy. He holds a Master Degree of Music in Saxophone at Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” Milano and a Masters Degree of Economics, with major in Management of Commercial Enterprises, from the Bocconi University, Milan. He has performed for contemporary music groups, big bands, folk groups, classical ensembles and also has an extensive knowledge in harmony and music history. He plays saxophone, clarinet and accordion; prior to joining Tune Up Philly, he was a Music Education teacher for both elementary and middle schools in Italy.

Marco is also Executive Director of Filitalia International and Adjunct Instructor of Italian at Temple University Center City. In keeping with his focus on education, in 2013 Marco was elected as president of the Scuola Marco Polo, a non-profit school created to help Italian parents in the Greater Philadelphia Area to pass on the Italian culture and language to their children.

Joseph T. Dvorak

Joseph T. Dvorak holds a M.M. in clarinet performance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student of Grammy-award winning clarinetist, Todd Levy, and a B.M. in clarinet performance from Temple University. At Temple, where he was awarded a full-scholarship, Joseph studied primarily with Paul Demers (bass clarinet, The Philadelphia Orchestra) and Lawrence Wagner. At UWM, Joseph was awarded full tuition-remission and a stipend and was featured in a performance of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto as a concerto competition winner with the UWM orchestra. Joseph currently teaches clarinet with Tune Up Philly, as well as at S&S Music School in Ambler, PA and freelances as a performer in the Philadelphia area.

David Fishkin

Chelsea Meynig

Chelsea Believes that music, as an art form, is at its base communication.  Hans Christian Andersen said: “Where words fail music speaks” This is one of Chelsea’s core values in teaching as well as playing music.  She began playing music at the age of 10 years old in Charlottesville Virginia.  After playing in the local upper elementary school band for two years Chelsea began lessons with Margaret Newcomb, who she studied with through High school. Mrs. Newcomb’s deep devotion to music and caring but firm disposition truly inspired Chelsea to pursue music as a career. In college, Chelsea studied with Dr. Frances Lapp Averitt who really focused on tuning and making the music conversational. Afterward Chelsea studied with Mr. Jonathan Snowden who taught the magic in the meaning of music. At the start of her master's degree Chelsea (under the expert tutelage of Mr. David Cramer) began to teach more seriously as part of her assistantship with Temple University, where she became faculty for Temple's community music scholar's program. Chelsea also began teaching at different institutions around Philadelphia and through this learned that teaching music teaches so much more than just music. Music becomes the gateway between daily life and the magic in the world. Music embraces the humanity and majesty that is inherently in all of us. It is Chelsea's great joy to share what she knows about this with her students.

Dorothy Mackey

A Long Island native, Dorothy began her violin studies at age four through the Suzuki method. She continued her studies with Juilliard graduate Nina Chmelev through high school, participating in both All­ County and All State music festivals. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from University of Dayton, in Ohio, where she studied both violin and viola. Dorothy continued her postgraduate studies at Temple University, where she studied with Meichen Barnes of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. She completed her Master’s Degree in String Pedagogy this past spring, and now enjoys teaching and freelancing in the Philadelphia area.

Julia Morelli

Julia Morelli teaches cello at Tune Up Philly, the Haverford School and maintains a private cello studio. She performs orchestral and chamber music throughout Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic, and she is a confounding member of Trio Amaranth. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. And she received her Master of Music degree from Temple University--having completed the first year at Boston University.

Claudia Pellegrini

Claudia Pellegrini, whose work The Philadelphia Inquirer has called "mesmerizing," was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Beginning her violin studies at age five, she graduated with Honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, (Spain), also obtaining a degree from Reina Sofia Music School (Madrid) and Master's Degree in Violin Performance (Temple University, Philadelphia).
She has studied with Zakhar Bron, Sergei Fatkulin and Kim Fisher, among others. In her career, Claudia has worked with Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others, and she has performed with several orchestras in the Philadelphia area (such as Lancaster Symphony, Symphony in C, Vox Amadeus, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, etc). In 2003, she received the Albert Tashjian Award for Excellence in Violin Performance.

Claudia has a Teaching and Pedagogy Certificate by the University Complutense of Madrid, and she has a vast experience as a teacher and as a performer, with over twenty years as an educator in Europe, the U.S. and Puerto Rico. She has worked as a Music Teacher at Temple Music Prep (Philadelphia), The Music Workshop (Berwyn, PA), The Philadelphia School, Nelly Berman Music School (Haverford, PA), Instituto de Musica y Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR), and Saint John's School (San Juan, PR) where she created the Strings Program in its entirety. Currently she is a member of the faculty at PYO Music Institute.

Also a published music producer and composer, Claudia was recently a Semifinalist of the “Song Of The Year” 2019 Songwriting Competition. In 2004, she was also awarded a "Mention of Honor" by VH1's "Song Of The Year" Competition.

Actively involved in musical theater, Claudia is an audience favorite at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, also appearing frequently at the Media Theatre for the Arts, The Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, and the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, among others.
Most recently, Claudia composed, produced and recorded the full music score for the children's stage show Goldilocks (2015, 2019), Peter Pan (2017), Snow-white (2018) and Pinocchio (2018), premiered to great success at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman and for which she was also Music Director. Many of these shows are scheduled to return to the stage in 2020. Claudia also orchestrated music for Musical Revue: Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, which premiered at the Hedgerow Theatre in January 2018.

Claudia is very devoted to bringing music to senior audiences and memory care patients, performing yearly in more than 20 centers for dementia patients in the PA/NJ/NY area.
She was recently honored with a Diplomat Award for her music work with the Dementia Society of America (2018).

Claudia divides her time between performing, composing, teaching, and a variety of other musical projects.

Sam Schreiber

Samuel Schreiber is a clarinetist with The Philadelphia Wind Symphony and Berks Sinfonietta, a chamber orchestra in his hometown of Reading, PA. He has previously performed with ensembles like Newark Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Opera, Opéra Louisiane, Banff Festival Orchestra, Versipel New Music Collective and the Keystone Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed in chamber music residencies in North America and Europe.

As an educator, Dr. Schreiber is currently a teaching artist with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Ensemble Program and the PYO Music Institute’s Tune Up Philly program. He also teaches private clarinet, saxophone and piano lessons at Germantown Friends School. He has been a Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University, a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Center for the Arts and a Clarinet Instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Dr. Schreiber holds degrees in Clarinet Performance from Louisiana State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Stewart

Emily studied violin at Temple University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in music performance. She began taking private violin lessons at age 8, and eventually studied flute, piano, and viola for a number of years. She teaches string instruments both privately and in group settings throughout Philadelphia. She has worked with multiple renowned music programs in the city, such as Musicopia and Temple Music Prep. She enjoys working with students of all ages and levels of ability, and encourages her students to build a solid technical foundation while exploring their own musical interests. Though she is classically trained, she loves pop music and arranges pop songs for her violin classes-- Beyonce's Countdown is her favorite arrangement so far. In her spare time, Emily enjoys yoga, tennis, jogging, and reading at least 20 books per year.

Ashley Vines

Ashley began her music studies as a student in the School District of Philadelphia and is a PYO Music Institute alumna. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and was a viola student of Renard Edwards. She was a recipient of the 2016-2017 IRIS Artist Fellowship, a residency program where she performed in a chamber ensemble with a focus on community outreach, and taught as a community engagement fellow through Memphis Music Initiative at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School. Currently, Ashley is a violin and viola teaching artist with Musicopia, PYO Music Institute's Tune Up Philly, and ensemble director through Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program and is also a registered Suzuki instructor who studied under Marilyn O'Boyle and Martha Shackford. Ashley is a member of IRIS Orchestra and as freelance musician, she has performed with groups such as Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Riverside Sinfonia, Eboni Strings, and more. Ashley has also played in masterclasses with artists such as the Nokuthula Nqwenyama, and members of the Emerson, Ceruti Quartet and Aizuri String Quartet.

Emily Waltz

Emily Waltz began her musical career with piano studies at the age of 5. From this young age, music was a love and at age 8 she began studying classical trumpet under the direction of James Hala. 

Emily started her formal education at Ithaca College in 2007. During her years there, she gained training in orchestral, symphonic, pit orchestra, jazz, and chamber ensemble playing. Emily graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Trumpet Performance and Music Education in 2011. 

In 2012 Emily furthered her studies by pursuing a Masters Degree at Temple University, studying with teachers David Bilger and Tony Prisk. Here, she performed as principal in the Wind Symphony and Opera Orchestra as well as Associate Principal in the Symphony orchestra, performing works by composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, Ives, and Brahms. Emily was also an active teacher while at Temple, participating in the Community Music Scholars Program--a weekly music school for students in grades 4-12.

After graduating with her Masters Degree in trumpet performance in 2014, Emily pursued a Professional Studies Certificate from Temple University, under the direction of David Bilger. She recently finished a two-year recording project with Temple University's Wind Symphony, which included performing with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Emily is currently a freelancer in the tri-state area and Germany, performing in venues such as churches, pit orchestras, and private events. She is also an active teacher at the Salvation Army Kroc Center and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Emily is passionate about music education and making sure that every child has access to it.

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber, cellist and string specialist, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Andrea joined PRYSM as a cello coach in 2007, and now enjoys working with the Young Artists division as its conductor. Ms. Weber is also an original member of the Tune Up Philly Teaching Artists faculty; she currently coaches cellists as well as the program's string ensemble. In addition to her various positions with the PYO Music Institute, Andrea currently holds such positions as Lower School String Specialist at the Friends Select School and Teaching Artist for the Musicopia String Orchestra.  Ms. Weber has a private ‘cello studio which focuses on the beginning and intermediate levels.

As a cellist, Andrea performs with an array of classical and folk musicians in the region. From 2007 through 2012 she worked as a section ‘cellist for the Lancaster Symphony and Symphony in C. She is a founding member of the Elysium String Quartet, which was formed in 2008 and performs frequently in the Lehigh Valley region. In addition to performing in classical ensembles, Andrea began working with folk songwriters in 2008; her award-winning recordings with such songwriters as Andrea Nardello, Matt Duke, and Ross Bellenoit have been aired on national radio. Her work in this genre is featured in over 25 records.

 

Amanda Wolman

Mandy Wolman has been described as an "impressive and bold leader" by the Chestnut Hill Local. She has been a soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony premiering a piece by Philadelphia composer Andrea Clearfield and is a regular soloist with Prometheus Chamber Orchestra. A specialist in both baroque and modern instruments, she performs as a section violinist with Tempesta di Mare, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Washington Cathedral Orchestra, Spire Ensemble, Chestnut Hill Cantata Series, and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival among others.

As a soloist, she has given concerts at University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University with members of Piffaro and is a regular performer in the Bach @7 Cantata series. She has appeared with members of the Dali String Quartet in a chamber series at the Plastic Club Art Gallery, combining both of her loves; violin and Flamenco. She joined Tempesta di Mare in 2010 and has recorded several CD's with them for Chandos recording label. In addition, she has recorded for Naxos with the Chamber Orchestra of New York.

As an orchestral player, Mandy performs regularly with Symphony in C, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Philly Pops Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and University of Pennsylvania Orchestra. She was a founding member and concertmaster of Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless chamber orchestra, as well as Classical Revolution Players. Most recently she has premiered music by Jeremy Gill and Riho Maimets as part of the inaugural Salon Series for collaborative artists and new composers in Philadephia.

Aside from her busy freelancing career, Mandy teaches for Tune Up Philly, a program of the PYO Music Institute. She gives workshops and groups classes to children in Public Schools and maintains a private studio in her home as well. In past summers she has been a teaching artist at SoundFest Music Festival alongside members of the Colorado String Quartet. She has also taught at Settlement Music School.

 

Daniel Wright

Daniel received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2006. While there, he studied in both Jazz and Classical Performance. Upon moving to Philadelphia in the fall of 2007, he started the DWMusic Brass Studio and began teaching at the Nelly Berman Music School. In the fall of 2008, Daniel began teaching at the Germantown, South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and Northeast branches of Settlement Music School. In 2012, he was hired as a Teaching Artist for Tune Up Philly, an outreach program of the PYO Music Institute. In addition to being a member of the PYO team, Daniel maintains his own private studio and travels the Northeast, United States as a performance clinician.

Anna Yang

Anna Yang is a violinist and string orchestra director with over 20 years of experience in 3 major cities across the East Coast. Anna is a graduate of The Crane School of Music and Columbia University. At Columbia, she was a soloist at the Bach Society Ensemble and the Spirit Jazz Ensemble.

Growing up, Anna was selected as a member of the New York All-State String Orchestra and Long Island Suffolk County All-County Orchestra. Her main teacher was Byung-Kook Kwak at Manhattan School of Music, who studied with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School.

Prior to Tune Up Philly, Anna served as Music Director/String Orchestra teacher at St. Ignatius Loyola School in New York City, Quincy Upper School in Boston, and Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA. She has musical training in Suzuki, Kodaly, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which she has incorporated into her teaching.

Anna has a private violin studio and has performed as a soloist and 1st violinist with the New York Repertory Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, and Tenth Presbyterian Church Chamber Ensemble.

Gloria dePasquale, Artistic Advisor

Gloria dePasquale joined the ‘cello section of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy. She is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music and graduated with honors with both her BM and MM degrees as a student of Stephen Geber.

‘Cellist of the dePasquale String Quartet for more than two decades, the quartet was in residence at Villanova University and presented a highly acclaimed chamber music series performing with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Andre Watts. Ms. dePasquale was also ‘cellist of the dePasquale trio, performing alongside daughter, Francesca and her late husband, William.

Mr. and Mrs. dePasquale were frequent soloists with area community and youth orchestras, performing both the Brahms Double Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ La Muse et le Poète. Their last public performance together was in June of 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center performing with PYO. Mrs. dePasquale had also appeared as soloist with the PYO in Verizon Hall, performing Haydn’s C Major ‘Cello Concerto and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Ms. dePasquale is an advocate for music education both at The Philadelphia Orchestra where she serves on the musician education committee and at the PYO organization where she is Artistic Advisor to the organization. In addition to serving as director and conductor for PRYSM, Ms. dePasquale designed and directs the PYO College and Conservatory Audition Preparation Program and directs the PYO masterclass and sectional program.

Ms. DePasquale maintains a large private studio and her graduating students are regularly accepted to the nation’s finest conservatories, colleges, and universities. Ms. DePasquale teaches for the New York State School of Orchestral Studies and is also on the faculty of Luzerne (NY) Music Center, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall’s NYO2.

Ms. dePasquale serves on the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the board of the League of American Orchestras.

 

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is now PYO Music Institute

Our new name conveys the breadth and depth of our programs and the impact we are having on more students in more ways than ever.  We are excited about this change as we believe it is a much better description of our organization, with the potential of continued growth and expansion into the future.

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