PYO Music Institute

Young Musicians Debut Orchestra

Kenneth T. Bean, Director & Conductor

Rachel Segal, Associate Conductor

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Young Musicians Debut Orchestra (YMDO), formerly the Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), is a beginning- to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra that provides most students with their first introduction to large orchestral playing. While its players matriculate from Prysm Strings, Tune Up Philly, or other string orchestra programs after several years of string ensemble experience, YMDO is often the first full orchestral playing experience for many wind, brass, and percussion students. Through standard orchestral repertoire, students are challenged to hone their talents for listening, blending, balancing, and making music within the full symphony context. Principal players are also encouraged to develop leadership skills, and less-experienced players learn from their peers and PYO's acclaimed professional faculty. YMDO prepares its members for participation in Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra — and, eventually, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

2020 - 2021 Season Repertoire


American in Paris
Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
Symphony No 101, \"Clock\"
Original Ragtime
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Symphony No. 40
Pines of Rome
Snow Maiden Suite

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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