Gloria dePasquale, Director, Prysm Strings Program Division
Michael Ludwig, Director & Conductor, Prysm Strings – NJ
Rachael Ludwig, Manager & Faculty, Prysm Strings – NJ
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Prysm Strings is a string music education program created in 2007 to offer a unique introduction to large ensemble experience and concentrated preparation for string students to acquire and build musical, ensemble, and interpersonal skills.  Graduates of Prysm Strings have matriculated successfully into other PYO Music Institute ensembles. Prysm Strings was co-founded by the late William dePasquale, Co-Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Gloria dePasquale, former cellist (1977-2022) of The Philadelphia Orchestra.   

Prysm Strings NJ is the New Jersey division of Prysm Strings.  Prysm Strings provides string ensemble and instrumental sectional rehearsals hosted at the Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Prysm Strings NJ is directed and conducted by Michael Ludwig, former Associate Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and international violin solo artist, and managed by Rachael Ludwig, violinist and Founding Artistic Director of the Stella Schaevitz Concert Series at the Katz JCC.  

Prysm Strings NJ auditions are open to student violin, viola, cello, and double bass players.  

Prysm Strings NJ rehearsals take place on Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., mid-September through mid-May, at Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

Prysm Strings offers:

  • Unparalleled instruction and performance opportunities for beginning – intermediate – advanced string students.
  • Maximum educational support from accomplished professional faculty.
  • Weekly side-by-side rehearsals with faculty and PYO Music Institute string interns, which help build performance techniques and confidence.
  • Collaborative learning opportunities between students and faculty to build musical skills and strengthen community.
  • Winter and Spring performances in addition to performing in the PYO Music Institute Showcase, hosted at the Kimmel Center, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

2024 – 2025 Season Repertoire