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Maestro Louis Scaglione, president and music director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization (PYO) and Delia Raab-Snyder, director of PYO’s Tune Up Philly have announced that The D’Addario Foundation has presented PYO’s Tune Up Philly with a $2,000-grant Maestro Louis Scaglione, president and music director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization (PYO) and Delia Raab-Snyder, director of PYO’s Tune Up Philly have announced that The D’Addario Foundation has presented PYO’s Tune Up Philly with a $2,000-grant in support of the El Sistema-inspired afterschool program. In addition to the grant, The D’Addario Foundation also presented PYO’s Tune Up Philly with an in-kind donation of instrument accessories valued at $750.

The grant will help fund Tune Up Philly’s upcoming concert at Benjamin Franklin High School on Saturday, March 9th. The community concert is free and open to the public; a goodwill offering will be accepted at the door. All of the students in the program will perform under the direction of Ms. Raab-Snyder, Assistant Director Paul Smith and with ten Tune Up Philly professional teaching artists.

PYO’s Tune Up Philly is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema and is designed to nurture economically disadvantaged children through weekday, out-of-school hours, classical musical instruction. The program commenced in September 2010 at St. Francis de Sales School in southwest Philadelphia and began operating at the People for People Charter School in North Philadelphia in September 2011. Instructed by ten, professional, teachers and musicians, the students in PYO’s Tune Up Philly train five days a week during the school year, with concentrations in woodwind, brass, strings and general music education.

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