Tune Up Philly Receives Donation from The D'Addario Foundation


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 announced today that The D'AdDario Foundation presented PYO's Tune Up Philly with a $2,000 grant in support of the El Sistema-inspired, after-school 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.

"We are delighted to receive financial and in-kind support from The D'AdDario Foundation, which is an organization the Tune Up Philly faculty and I admire for its dedication to music education," said Delia Raab-Snyder. "This money will go towards providing classical music education every day, after-school to elementary school students in North Philadelphia."

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.