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.

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Join WRTI Classical Host Kevin Gordon on Sunday, June 2nd at 3 PM at the Kimmel Center as he serves as master of ceremonies for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s 79th annual festival concert and the 6th annual Ovation Award.

Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor is one of my all-time favorite pieces. It’s passionate, lyrical, intimate, and joyous. The opening melody alone, which Robert based on his wife Clara’s name, is “from another world,” as André Watts once said.

Join us every Sunday throughout the month of May from 4 to 6 PM to hear the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in four concerts recorded live at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. You’ll hear some of the most talented young musicians in our region, playing with exceptional soloists, and conducted by PYO Music Director Louis Scaglione. Listen at WRTI 90.1, streaming at, and on the WRTI App.

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.

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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.