The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) is pleased to announce that Chris Rinaldi has been named a new trustee of the board. Rinaldi, a Wynnewood, PA resident, is a founding sponsor of PYO’s Ovation Award that recognizes outstanding music educators.
Chris Rinaldi is President and CEO of Jacobs Music Company and has been active in the music industry for more than 20 years. He has a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which he received in 1984 and 1993 respectively.
Each year, the Rinaldi family and Jacobs Music Company sponsor recitals, master classes, young artist competitions, teaching and technical seminars and other events aimed at musical enrichment. They also confer the annual Jacobs Music Award to an outstanding graduating pianist at several area Universities. They have promoted “children helping children” through Piano *Performathons during which as many as 900 young pianists have been presented by Jacobs Music at such venues as the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, raising considerable funds for the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital and for other charities.
Rinaldi is pleased to be associated with PYO on the board level and he said, “Jacobs has long admired PYO’s excellence in developing the musical abilities and character of our region’s young people. I feel privileged to be able serve this extraordinary institution.”
Maestro Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of PYO, shared his appreciation of Rinaldi’s participation with the board and said, “Chris has been a longtime friend of PYO, always supportive, and to be able to include him on our board is an honor. He brings a wealth of experience to PYO that is very much appreciated.”
About the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra:
Now in its 77th year, training tomorrow’s leaders, the renowned Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, led by President and Music Director, Maestro Louis Scaglione, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected community music education and youth orchestra performance programs, providing talented young musicians from across the tri-state area with exceptional musical training. Students go on to excel in many diverse fields, and it is with pride that Philadelphia Youth Orchestra notes that many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are alumni.
The organization is comprised of six program ensembles designed to meet specific needs and experience levels of students selected through a competitive audition process.
The anchor group is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), conducted by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, featuring 120 gifted instrumentalists who range in age from 14-21.
Young musicians 12-18 years old are featured in PYO’s companion ensemble, the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, which is led by Director and Conductor Maestra Rosalind Erwin, who is Music Director and Conductor of Drexel University Orchestra. Philadelphia
Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), directed by Maestro Kenneth Bean, is a beginning to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra that provides most students with their first introduction to large orchestral playing featuring students age 10-17 years old.
Bravo Brass, directed by Curtis Institute Dean of Faculty and Students, Paul Bryan, is an all brass ensemble for promising middle and high-school instrumentalists.
PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM Young Artists ensembles provide string large ensemble and sectional master class instruction for beginning and intermediate musicians ages 6-14. The director and conductor of PRYSM is Gloria DePasquale, cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and conductor of PRSYM Young Artists is Andrea Weber.
Tune Up Philly (TUP) is PYO’s engagement program, directed by Paul Smith, that focuses on creating and inspiring true community by providing children in under-resourced communities with invaluable opportunities to learn and perform a differentiated orchestral music curriculum.