PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 11, 2016) — The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), conducted by Maestra Rosalind Erwin, is pleased to present the Annual Benefit Concert for Youth Work Foundation on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia. The Youth Work Foundation is a charitable organization established by the Union League in 1946 to recognize outstanding student citizens, educate high school students about the Constitution and encourage civic leadership and engagement.  Tickets are $20 general admission; children 13 and under free admission. For information, call 215-545-0502.

The select ensemble, one of the six unique program divisions of the PYO Music Institute Organization led by Maestro Louis Scaglione, will take the stage in the Union League’s elegant Lincoln Hall to perform some of the most well known orchestral selections from Western Opera, including the Bernstein, Overture to Candide; Haydn, Symphony No. 104 in D Major; Fauré’s Pavane, Op. 50, and Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture. The PYAO, directed by Rosalind Erwin, is comprised of 90 gifted young string, brass, wind and percussion instrumentalists ages 10-16 from the Tri-State area.

Appreciative of PYO’s ongoing support, Karen Lawson, Chair, The Youth Work Foundation Board of Trustees, said, “The Youth Work Foundation is grateful to have such outstanding partners as Maestro Louis Scaglione and the PYO Music Institute, who work with us to develop the great leaders of tomorrow.”

The Union League of Philadelphia established the Youth Work program to honor Delaware Valley youth who exhibit marked evidence of exemplary citizenship. Since its inception, The Youth Work Foundation has presented over 17,000 Good Citizenship Awards to high school juniors who have demonstrated high standards of behavior and leadership. Awardees are eligible to apply for educational financial aid through The Union League’s Scholarship Foundation, which has helped over 1,000 students attain their goal of higher education, awarding over $4 million in scholarship aid since its inception.


About the PYO Music Institute:

Now in its 76th year, the renowned PYO Music Institute organization, led by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected community music education and youth orchestra performance programs, providing talented young musicians from across the tri-state area with exceptional musical training. Students go on to excel in many diverse fields and it is with pride that PYO notes that many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are alumni.  The organization is comprised of five independent ensembles designed to meet specific needs and experience levels of students selected through a competitive audition process. The anchor group is the PYO Music Institute (PYO) ensemble, conducted by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, featuring 125 gifted instrumentalists who range in age from 14-21. Young musicians 10-18 years old are featured in the PYO’s companion ensemble, the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, which is led by Director and Conductor Maestra Rosalind Erwin. Bravo Brass, directed by Curtis Institute Dean of Faculty and Students, Paul Bryan, is an all brass ensemble for promising high-school instrumentalists. PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM Young Artists ensembles provide string ensemble and sectional master class instruction for beginning and intermediate musicians ages 6-14. The director and conductor of PRYSM is Gloria DePasquale, cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor of PRSYM Young Artists is Jessica Villante. Tune Up Philly (TUP) is the organization’s after-school program, directed by Paul Smith, that offers musical instruments and instruction to children in economically challenged areas of Philadelphia.