The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Selected Sundays, 3 to 5 PM

Listen to recorded concerts of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) on WRTI. Maestro Louis Scaglione conducts. The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is a premier youth orchestra organization for gifted, young, classical musicians, and one of the oldest and most highly regarded youth orchestra organizations in the United States. Founded in 1940, the PYO provides professional-caliber musical experiences to young instrumentalists, thrilling discriminating audiences in the Greater Philadelphia region and across the globe.

The organization has five programs: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an after-school program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema.

Ranging in age from 6 to 21 years, the musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization are selected by competitive audition and come from a 70-plus mile radius of Philadelphia encompassing nearly 20 counties within Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Through advanced orchestra repertoire, students are challenged to perform at professional levels, to strive for advanced musicianship and to achieve superior technical, musical, and personal application.

Join us Sunday from 4 to 6 pm for another virtuoso program of orchestral works from the extraordinary group of young instrumentalists making up one of the nation’s premier organizations for young musicians, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. 


Join us Sunday at 4 pm, as we broadcast the first concert of the 2017-18 season of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.  It’s a program filled with virtuoso works for orchestra, showcasing the talents of this extraordinary group of young people, led by Music Director and Conductor Louis Scaglione.

David Kim; credit: Ryan Donnell

We open our broadcast season of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra with a program the ensemble performed last November in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.