PYO Music Institute


"Saturday morning rehearsals with the PYO Music Institute were the highlight of my junior high and high school years. The ability to perform orchestral masterpieces with top Philadelphia student musicians .... was the foundation of my successful career in music."

Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia
English Horn,­ The Philadelphia Orchestra
PYO member from 1974-­1980

As one of the world’s top youth orchestras, The PYO Music Institute and its divisions offers unparalleled opportunities for exceptional music students from ages 6­-21. Under the direction of Maestro Louis Scaglione and guidance from prestigious faculty, students from the greater Delaware Valley region receive superior technical, musical, and performance instruction. Learn more about the audition process and frequently asked questions for the PYO, PYAO, YMDOBravo Brass, and Prysm Strings programs.

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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