Philadelphia’s PYO Music Institute has added a sixth ensemble, Pizzicato Players, to its music offerings for students. The ensemble of musicians from age 12 to 21 will be led by Paul Smith, director of Tune Up Philly-Orchestral Pathway Program, PYO Music Institute’s afterschool music program for students in underserved communities in Philadelphia. Pizzicato Players will include plucked string instruments such as classical/acoustic guitar, harp, “folk” harp, mandolin, and Baroque plucked strings including lute and theorbo. Students will learn fundamental skills and receive experience with conductors, and have the opportunity to play in settings that are acoustically favorable to plucked instruments. The PYO Music Institute’s anchor group is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, conducted by Louis Scaglione, featuring 125 instrumentalists ranging in age from 15 to 21. Other PYO ensembles include the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Young Musicians Debut Orchestra, Bravo Brass, Prysm Strings, and Prysm Strings Young Artists ensembles. For more information, click here.