Auditions for PYO Music Institute (PYO), one of the nation’s most respected youth orchestra institutions, will take place between May 20 and June 9, 2018. Young and skilled wind, string, brass, percussion and harp players ages 6 to 21 will have the opportunity to earn membership in these unique program divisions: the flagship PYO Music Institute (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), Bravo Brass, and Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM). Training tomorrow’s leaders, the PYO Music Institute organization engages young musicians from the tri-state region in pursuing musical excellence through learning responsibility, discipline, and character skills that enable students to build future success. 

The PYO, PYAO, PYMO, and Bravo Brass Spring Auditions will take place in Center City Philadelphia at Saint Patrick Hall (240 S. 20th Street).  PRYSM Auditions will take place at Bryn Mawr College (101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA). All auditions are by appointment only. For online registration, audition requirements for each ensemble, and additional information, visit For questions about registration, contact the office at or 215-545-0502.

Here is the schedule:

Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) Conducted Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Gloria DePasquale
String musicians (ages 6–14)
Friday, June 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bryn Mawr College

PYO Music Institute (PYO), ages 14 – 21, Conducted by Maestro Louis Scaglione
Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO)
, ages 10 – 18, Conducted by Maestra Rosalind Erwin
Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO)
, ages 10 – 17, Conducted by Kenneth Bean

String, brass, wind, harp and percussion players
Sunday, May 20, 1 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 1 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 1 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 1 to 6 p.m. at Saint Patrick Hall

Bravo Brass Conducted by Curtis Institute of Music’s Paul Bryan
Brass players (ages 12–21)
Monday, June 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Patrick Hall

PYO President and Music Director Louis Scaglione is thrilled with the continued interest in PYO ensembles. He said, “We look forward to the audition season as this is when new members are welcomed into the PYO organization. PYO students, in all ensembles, have potential to become the musicians of the future and community leaders of tomorrow, as well as audience members and benefactors of the arts. We are pleased to work with students who are disciplined in their practice and are motivated to excel in all aspects of their continuing education. After graduating high school, many of our students enroll in the country’s finest colleges, universities, and conservatories.”

Since 1939, the PYO Music Institute has offered superior instruction and performance opportunities to students selected through a competitive audition process. Young instrumentalists ages 6–21 are prepared to master large ensemble repertoire and are given the opportunity to perform in some of the most prestigious venues throughout the region.