PYO Music Institute

Tune Up Philly - Orchestral Pathways Program

Paul Smith, Director

Tune Up Philly offers a differentiated musical curriculum that was created to meet the specific needs of students living in challenging social and economic conditions, with a focus on effecting meaningful community change. The program offers children in underserved communities an opportunity to learn and perform orchestral music and make a true difference within their communities, both through the use of music and through a purposeful connection with others.

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Tune Up Philly offers:

  • A differentiated musical curriculum created to meet the specific needs of individual students living in challenging social and economic conditions.
  • The opportunity to work under Director Paul Smith, who has worked tirelessly since 2011 to develop TUP into the successful program that it is today.
  • A focus on true community change, with instruction offered within the most underserved communities/demographics of any Philadelphia area programming.
  • Opportunities for students to perform in locations both within students’ neighborhoods and elsewhere in high-profile Philadelphia venues.
  • Opportunities for students to truly connect across neighborhoods and communities through a large-scale orchestra.
  • Opportunities for students to be impactful on their surrounding community while gaining skills that will assist them in a lifetime of employment outside of performance.
  • A partnership with community members (e.g., Food Trust collaboration) whose presence has positively impacted local business.
  • A forum for connecting advancing students with additional learning and performance opportunities throughout Philadelphia.
  • One-on-one assistance for families enrolling in peer music organizations. Develops skills to succeed in the competitive high-school-application process.

2020 - 2021 Season Repertoire

Folk and Traditional Melodies from Around the World

Large Ensembles from the Orchestral Canon

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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