• POP Wind Ensemble @ The Phillies!

    The POP Wind Ensemble performed The National Anthem at The Phillies game! Click the video to view.

  • Professional Development Week!

    From new techniques, CPR, conducting and volunteering, POP Teaching Artists prepare for school!

  • A World of Possibilities

    Click the photo to read about Stan Thompson & POP in Curtis Institute's "Overtones" magazine.

  • POP Visits Ocean City

    POP Summer Session spent a day at Ocean City, NJ, and played with the Ocean City POPs.



Building a Sustainable and Prosperous Philadelphia

Play On, Philly! (POP) is an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. Inspired by the social development and music education program of Venezuela called El Sistema, POP seeks to enrich the lives of Philadelphia youth by providing daily musical instruction in communities that have little access to music education. Established in 2011 at St. Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia, POP started with 110 youth, ages six to thirteen, with the goal of making a significant and sustaining impact on their lives. In 2012, POP established its second site at Freire Charter Middle School expanding its reach to 250 students.

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Dec 13
Holiday Concert

2:00PM @ St. Francis de Sales School


Mar 21
St. Francis de Sales Winter Concert

2:00PM @ St. Francis de Sales School


May 16
Honors Recital

2:00PM @ Curtis Institute of Music

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