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PYO Music Institute's Louis Scaglione Talks about New Safety Protocols for Next Season

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Louis Scaglione leads the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at Verizon Hall.

In WRTI's final broadcast of its PYO series this year, WRTI Host Kevin Gordon spoke with Music Director Louis Scaglione in an intermission feature, which includes a discussion about PYO plans to safely resume in-person rehearsals and performances. 

In preparation for reopening,PYO Music Institute has created a Master Policy and Protocol Plan that details safety procedures. It outlines PPE (personal protective equipment) needed for its musicians and staff, including masks that vary according to the instruments they play. PYO Music Institute is also investing in protective plexiglass shields, and plans to upgrade the infrastructure at St. Patrick's Hall to allow for clearer signals when broadcasting music and video.

"It's a collective effort," says Scaglione, "among everyone in the PYO Music Institute community. So we're doing everything we possibly can, and I think we're going to be very successful ... We'll continue bringing music to those who want it, who need it and who rejoice in it."

Scaglione hopes to begin to reconvene with some musicians in January to prepare for concerts in March, while acknowledging, "everything is changing, almost on a daily basis, at this juncture."

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.