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Andre Raphel To Conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra Summer 2018

André Raphel returns to the Mann Center of the Performing Arts to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in “A Night of Gershwin” on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 8pm. The All-Gershwin program will include the Cuban Overture, the Piano Concerto in F with Curtis pianist Micah McLaurin, making his Mann Center debut, Porgy and Bess, A […]

Students Perform at Jazz Bar

Story By: Ayooluwa Ariyo On a school day in 2015 at Cheltenham High School, Bill Saurman, remembers hearing jazz music that captured his attention. It was coming from the Temple University Jazz Band led by Terell Stafford, director of the jazz studies program in the Boyer College of Music and Dance. The song was an arrangement […]

A Rare Instrument Strikes a Chord With Philadelphia Students

By KRISTEN A. GRAHAM Medgina Maitre had never touched an instrument before she arrived at Philadelphia High School for Girls. Then, during her freshman year, she heard an announcement that would change her life: The school was offering free harp lessons for interested students. And suddenly, she saw herself differently — as someone who could […]

All City Music Program

All City Philadelphia Music Program has been a distinguished school district tradition for more than seventy years. It is comprised of the best young musicians in the School District of Philadelphia. All City Philadelphia is comprised of a number of ensembles: Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Choir, all at both the middle school and […]

Some Philly schools have rich arts programs, and others have none. How do you fix it?

Story by: Kristen A. Graham Across the city, children have uneven opportunities to participate in arts and music programs — some schools are rich with them, and others have none. To afford more resources to children such as Saamir, the Philadelphia School District, the Neubauer Family Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education […]

Which Philly schools don’t have instrumental music?

Story by: Avi Wolfman-Arent As the School District of Philadelphia rebuilds its music program, data shows that more than 50 schools still don’t have instrumental music instruction through the district — and that those schools serve disproportionately high numbers of minority students. The new numbers come courtesy of City Councilwoman Helen Gym’s office, which requested […]