Thursday, December 8, 2016

Such Early Accomplishment Must Be Prophetic!

Rotary club winners IMG_2384
Winning PYO students are Danny Bishop (third place), Daniel Cho (second place)
and Sabine Jung (first place)

Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization, is proud to announce that three of their students have been named scholarship recipients of the 7TH ANNUAL PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION Presented by the Rotary Club of Pottstown, PA. 

The students are: Sabine Jung, 16, who plays cello and lives in West Chester, PA, Daniel Cho, 15, who plays violin and lives in Wyncote, PA and Danny Bishop, 13, who also plays cello and lives in Reading, PA. Both Jung and Cho are members of the most advanced ensemble, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and Bishop is a member of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, a program division of PYO.

“We are very proud that Sabine, Daniel and Danny have been recognized for their talent and will receive scholarships through their participation in this competition,” Scaglione said. “The dedication of our students to music and their motivation to do their best through practice and participation in varied performances have extended beyond their love of music to their successes as good citizens. We congratulate our students and extend our gratitude to The Rotary Club of Pottstown for recognizing the importance of the musical arts in young lives.”

The Rotary Club of Pottstown had the support of The High Street Music Company (135 E. High St., Pottstown) in seeking students from grades 8 through 12 to participate in this special talent competition, that was held on November 19, 2016, at The Hill School Center for the Arts Building in Pottstown. There were three performance categories: Broadway/Pop/Jazz Vocal, Classical/Operatic Vocal and Instrumental. The PYO students were recognized for instrumental.

The Rotary Club of Pottstown believes that student involvement in the arts provides a valuable and positive outlet for them, helping to build their confidence and encouraging creative thinking and discipline.

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 PRYSM 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.

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