Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth aims to bridge cultural gaps

Posted on: July 25, 2017

“A new education program in Philadelphia is creating unique opportunities for aspiring classical music students from diverse backgrounds, with the goal of bridging cultural gaps,” reports Meridee Duddleston on Monday (7/24) at Philadelphia radio station WRTI. “It was born of an uncommon level of cooperation…. [Through] the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative … funded by the Mellon Foundation … seventy-five young musicians from 5th grade through high school will be PMAY Artists this year. In 2018 and 2019 their numbers will grow. Ten organizations are part of the three-year Artists’ Initiative: Settlement Music School, Musicopia, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, The Primavera Fund, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Project 440, Play On Philly, and the School District of Philadelphia.” Included are comments from Settlement Music School CEO Helen Eaton; David Hiester, a student bassoonist and member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and All-City Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers, who also directs All-City Orchestra; and Philadelphia Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee, who believes the initiative will “bridge a cultural gap…. Regardless of whether or not they end up becoming classical musicians, this experience will change the rest of their lives.”

Posted July 25, 2017

Pictured: Artists in the inaugural class of Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth