The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) held a holiday concert featuring PYO’s Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, The Choral Society of Montgomery County and the Upper Darby High School Encore Singers on December 21, 2010 at Saint Mark’s Church in Philadelphia. Each year, PYO selects a charity to be the recipient of this special Philadelphia holiday benefit concert. In addition to being chosen, St. James School‘s founding 5th grade class and their families had the distinct honor of having front row concert seats.
The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra’s Geoff McDonald conducted Excerpts of Handel’s Messiah and other songs and carols of the season to hundreds of audience members. Maestro Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of PYO and Artistic Director of The Choral Society of Montgomery County (CSMC), welcomed guests and introduced The Rev. Sean Mullen, Rector of St. Mark’s Church and Board Chair, St. James School.
St. James School is grateful to PYO, The Choral Society of Montgomery County, the Upper Darby High School Encore Singers, St. Mark’s Church and all those in attendance for their support.
About the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra: Founded in 1939, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is one of the nation’s oldest classical music training and orchestra performance programs for gifted and talented students from the Tri-State region. Lead by Maestro Louis Scaglione, PYO’s companion ensembles include the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), formed in 1996; Bravo Brass, added to the program in 2003; Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) created in 2007; and the Musicopia String Orchestra partnership, which began in 2008. Young musicians from ages six through 21 are selected by competition audition and have represented the United States on five continents. The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) offers classical musical performances to the Greater Philadelphia region each year and supports musical education to children from Philadelphia’s more challenging neighborhoods through its newest after-school program launched in 2010, Tune Up Philly.