PYO Music Institute

Ovation Award

The PYO Music Institute

For Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education

Sponsored by
Jacobs Music Company, J.W. Pepper, and WRTI

Submit a Nomination for the OVATION AWARD.

What is the Ovation Award?

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra OVATION AWARD honors an outstanding music teacher in the Delaware Valley Region who, while imparting musical knowledge, builds character, self-confidence and capabilities that position students for success in every aspect of their lives. The OVATION AWARD highlights the significance of music education and applauds the positive impact of music teachers on the greater community.

Who is Eligible?

Music teachers in the Delaware Valley Region who teach music in public or private schools (Kindergarten through College), private studio teachers, and community music program teachers are eligible.

Who can Nominate?

ANYONE, current student or former student of any age, can nominate a music teacher for the OVATION AWARD!

How to Nominate?

Nominators are asked to submit a brief application and statement of no more than 250 words, answering the question: "How Has Your Music Teacher Changed Your Life?""

Selection Process

Top Ten Finalists and one Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel, consisting of representatives from regional universities, colleges, conservatories, and institutions.

Prizes & Awards

The Top Ten Finalists will be invited, with their nominators, to attend the virtual award ceremony to be held on a date yet to be determined. The Ovation Award would have otherwise been presented at Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's Annual Festival Concert concert on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in Verizon Hall. While we are unable to present the award in person due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we still wanted to proceed and recognize music educators and celebrate music education.

The Grand Prize Winner will be announced and presented with an award tribute, cash prize, and other recognition from our sponsors. All finalists will each receive a recognition award from our sponsors. Additionally, the Winning Nominator will be recognized.


Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Finalist Notification: Friday, May 8, 2020
PYO Ovation Award Ceremony: Friday, June 19, 2020


Please contact the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at

Rules and Regulations

Submit a Nomination

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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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