Play On Philly Symphony Orchestra


The Play On Philly Symphony Orchestra (POPSO) is a tuition-free program designed to provide middle and high school students, in the Philadelphia area, with intensive musical training. As a member of the flagship ensemble at Play On Philly, you will have opportunities to play across the region in various venues, experience personal growth through music, and create lasting friendships with other musicians. Our program also gives you the chance to learn from professional musicians in the instrument fields of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Along with joining the ensemble, high school students can choose to attend POP’s Identity, Power, and Music (IPM) workshop. IPM students discuss issues of race, gender, and identity in the context of media, art, and music. Through the exploration of these topics, students can learn discussion facilitation skills with their peers on issues of social justice, create music to express their experiences, and see themselves as agents of change in our world.

To register for the 2019/20 season, please complete the online registration form.

Returning Students               New Students

Questions? Please reach out to our POPSO and Community Engagement Coordinator, Ms. Moriah Sultes, at or our Music Director, Mr. Andrés González at



The Howard Center for the Arts, Roman Catholic High School

Monday: 4:30-6:30 pm Full Orchestra rehearsal
Tuesday: 4:30-6:30 pm Identity, Power, and Music Class
Wednesday: 4:00-6:00 pm Strings, Winds, and Percussion Ensemble
Thursday: 4:30-6:30 pm Sectionals

Session 1: September 30th to December 21st
Session 2: January 6th to March 14th
Session 3: March 15th to May 28th
Session 4: All-Day Summer Camp

Tentative Calendar of Events


Pop-Up at the Universities
11/15 Swarthmore College
03/14 Rowan University
05/08 University of Pennsylvania

Chamber Music
11/22 POP Cello Ensemble
12/11 Winds and Percussion Ensemble
02/08 Strings Festival
05/27 Strings, Winds and Percussion Ensembles

Main Concerts

01/18 and 1/20 Dr. Martin Luther King Day Concerts
05/29 Final Concert


POP Concert
05/23 Jubilee Concert

Community Concert
12/21 Side-by-Side with Astral Artists



Play On, Philly! (POP) provides intensive music education to K-12 students, who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement

For 2½ hours every day, students enjoy instrument instruction and ensemble practice completely tuition-free