PYO Music Institute

Prysm Strings

Gloria dePasquale, Director & Conductor
Andrea Weber, Conductor, Prysm Strings Young Artists

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Prysm Strings, formerly PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music), is a string music education program created in 2007 to offer a unique introduction and preparation for string students to acquire and build skills. Prysm Strings and Prysm Strings Young Artists provide string ensemble and sectional master class instruction for intermediate and beginning students in and around the mainline, with rehearsals hosted at Bryn Mawr College. Graduates of Prysm Strings have matriculated successfully into other PYO Music Institute ensembles. Co-founded by the late William dePasquale, Co-Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Prysm Strings is directed by Co-founding Director, Gloria dePasquale, current cellist for and member of the board of directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Prysm Strings offers:

  • Unparalleled instruction and performance opportunities for the region's beginning to intermediate string students.
  • Bi-monthly personalized instruction of string techniques in small instrument groupings.
  • Maximum educational support from accomplished professional faculty working under the direction of the highly respected Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Gloria dePasquale.
  • Rehearsal and performance opportunities alongside faculty, which helps to build performance techniques and confidence.
  • Outstanding preparation and a level of student achievement that is recognized by The Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Opportunities for ensemble performances at official Philadelphia Orchestra events.
  • Opportunities for students to become leaders in more advanced groups as they matriculate throughout the PYO Music Institute offering of orchestras.
  • Venues for students to share their knowledge and talents through mentorship opportunities modeled on their experience with Prysm Strings.
  • A platform for students to enhance and supplement their collegiate and conservatory applications, making them strong candidates for acceptance into the most prestigious universities and conservatories around the world.

2020 - 2021 Season Repertoire


Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
String Quartet Op. 18
Hoe Down
Danza Final
Minor Altercations
Blue Rhythmico
Sweet New Moon
Gruselle Deep River
Lyric for Strings

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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