The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to be the lead artistic partner for the School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Orchestra. In addition to Orchestra musicians conducting the All-City Orchestra rehearsals and participating in side-by-side rehearsals with All-City Orchestra musicians, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the annual All-City Concert in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
The Orchestra also mentors 8 talented young musicians selected through a rigorous audition and interview process—the All-City Orchestra Fellows. These exceptionally talented musicians receive additional program support to break down the obstacles that challenge students of under-represented communities. They receive individual lessons and mentoring from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, and opportunities to interact with internationally acclaimed artists appearing as soloists and conductors.
Students selected to this prestigious program receive:
- Year-round mentorship and up to 40 private lessons, free of charge, from the world-class musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra and beyond
- A monetary allotment to be used towards their continued musical education and advancement
- Community projects and performance opportunities throughout the Philadelphia region
- Access to select master classes and speaker series through The Philadelphia Orchestra and partnering organizations
- Free tickets to select Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts and access to select rehearsals during the current performance season
- Ongoing access to free and discounted ticket offers for organization-wide programming (e.g., Broadway Series, Family Discovery Series, Jazz Series, and more!)
- Exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities with guest artists of The Philadelphia Orchestra
- Educational workshops, public speaking, and leadership opportunities through Project 440
All-City Orchestra is funded through the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, with additional funding by the Nancy and William A. Loeb Student Education Fund, the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, PECO, and Wells Fargo.