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WRTI Spotlight

On Giving Tuesday, Support WRTI and PYO Music Institute at the Same Time!

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Students in PYO Music Institute's Tune Up Philly program at a rehearsal. There are seven programs that constitute the PYO Music Institute.

On Giving Tuesday 2021, we have 24 hours to turn an ordinary Tuesday into something extraordinary! How? For every dollar donated to WRTI, a dollar will be donated to the PYO Music Institute from an anonymous donor up to $25,000. So double your impact and help us make Giving Tuesday a huge success! Contribute here.

What does WRTI share with PYO Music Institute? The love of music. And the knowledge that music can transform lives and bring joy to young people throughout our region.

The PYO Music Institute has seven program divisions: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), Tune Up Philly, an El Sistema inspired after-school program, and Pizzicato Players.

“Music is a very powerful tool to affect social change." says PYO Music Institute President Louis Scaglione. "When students learn music or a child has the opportunity to learn music, they have the opportunity to develop skill sets, whether it be personal skill sets, personal management, social development, academic development, cognitive development, and they learn how to work within a community, especially once they achieve enough to be in an ensemble like Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, or one of our ensemble program divisions.”

Contributing to WRTI on Giving Tuesday reaches into the community in a way that’s unlike any other day of the year—and it has double the impact! Giving Tuesday is the perfect day to renew your annual support, become a new sustaining member, or make an additional gift.

Can we count on you to help make Giving Tuesday a success? Contribute Here or call 1-866-809-9784. Thanks so much!

Here's the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra performing live at Verizon Hall in June, 2021:

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Karyn Cernera-Bush