Philadelphia Youth Orchestra moves instruction and performance programs online

Posted on: May 1, 2020

With the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s large-ensemble rehearsals, instruction, and concerts cancelled due to the coronavirus, the orchestra is creating online and web-based music education and performance opportunities. Digital instruction includes group video lessons for violin, viola, cello, and bass sections for members of the youth orchestra’s string ensemble, which is directed by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Gloria dePasquale. The PYO is developing online master classes and tutorials with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, many of whom are PYO alumni, and creating online performances that combine individual student recordings into one group performance. A digital platform is being developed for students to submit audition materials later this spring, if PYO is unable to hold its live auditions scheduled for June. “We are developing material that fosters unity during this time of crisis and uncertainty using new engagement tactics and teaching protocols,” says PYO President and Music Director Louis Scaglione.