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Stanford Thompson Chosen as 2017 TED Fellow

PHILADELPHIA, PA, JANUARY 10, 2017—Music entrepreneur Stanford Thompson has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 15 change-...Read More >>>


Knight Foundation Features POP Performances

Ask any musician or music lover what music has done for them, and you’re bound to get a bountiful answer about the myriad ways it has enha...Read More >>>


POP Receives Two Knight Foundation Grants

Knight Foundation invests $1.48 million in the Philadelphia arts PHILADELPHIA – June 24, 2015 – The John S. and James L. ...Read More >>>


Stanford Thompson Interviewed on WRTI

Founder and Artistic Director Stanford T...Read More >>>


Graduates Making POP Proud

We are so proud of recent Play On, Philly! graduate, violinist Akili Farrow (pictured with Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin of The Philadelphia Orch...Read More >>>


Research Suggests Music Ed May Positively Effect Academic Achievement and Executive Functions

Early results of an independent study indicate that students enrolled in Play On, Philly! (POP) exhibit better performance on tasks of executive...Read More >>>


A World of Possibilities

Founder and Artistic Director Stanford Thompson and Play On, Philly! were featured in an article in the Fall issue of the Curtis Institute of Mu...Read More >>>


Cradles to Crayons

To end up a fabulous week of professional development in advance of our school season starting on September 22, all of our Teaching Artists and ...Read More >>>


"Mapping Freire"

"Mapping Freire" a new mural created by the students at the h...Read More >>>


Conducting Masterclass with Paul Bryan

As part of POP Professional Development Week, our Teaching Artists participated in a ...Read More >>>


8th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival

The POP Summer Session Jazz Ensemble got to show off its chops recently at the 8th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival.  It wa...Read More >>>


POP Goes To Ocean City

A lucky group of Play On, Philly! summer session students had a blast when we travelled to Ocean City, NJ on a beautiful afternoon to perform a ...Read More >>>


Honors Abound for POP Students

Excuse us for bragging, but we've got some great news about our POP students this year. Trumpeter Maerone Alfa was validictorian ...Read More >>>


Play On, America! at Please Touch Museum

Play On, Philly! was honored to be invited back to Please Touch Museum for our Season Finale again this year.  The performance took place o...Read More >>>


Remix Interactive

On Sunday, July 27, 2104, POP had the incredible experience of collaborating with the Drexel ExCITe Center, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and...Read More >>>


Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts POP String Orchestra in Verizon Hall

Our POP Firebird String Orchestra had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when Yannick Nézet-Séguin, acclaimed Music Director of The P...Read More >>>


Time for Three at Play On, Philly!

The amazing string trio Time for Three visited POP at St. Francis de Sales on April ...Read More >>>


Weston Sprott Master Class at St. Francis de Sales

Yesterday Weston Sprott, 2nd Trombone in the Metropoli...Read More >>>


Christine Lamprea visits POP

Christine Lamprea, a very talented young cellist, visited POP at St. Francis de Sales School to play for our students and also mentor them. &nbs...Read More >>>


Carnavale Comes to Freire

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 was a special day at POP at Freire Charter Middle School when POP percussion teaching artist Brad Broomfield, and former ...Read More >>>


POP is Charitable Partner at Dar Williams Concert

We are pleased to announce that Dar Williams, the internationally recognized singer-songwriter specializing in pop folk, has chosen Play On, Phi...Read More >>>


Violist Nokothula Ngwenyama visits POP for Violafest!

Thanks to the Philadelphia Chamber Music So...Read More >>>


Artistic Director Kathleen Krull on Pre-Concert Panel

Our very talented Artistic Director Kathleen Krull was honored to sit on the pre-...Read More >>>


POP students perform their own symphony with Anthony McGill & Orchestra 2001

The POP Symphony Orchestra had the great honor of performing a piece written by the new composition class at St. Francis de Sales School with Me...Read More >>>


POP Ambassadors Perform at Joe Coffee

In addition to serving as mentors and teaching assistants at POP, many of our Ambassadors, or POP graduates, have been working hard preparing ch...Read More >>>


Jupiter String Quartet Visits POP!

The Jupiter String Quartet visited Play On, Philly! at the Freire Charter Middle School last week and gave a terrific hour long recital to our s...Read More >>>


A visit from Composer Richard Danielpour and Clarinetist Anthony McGill

Students at St. Francis de Sales School recently were encouraged to work hard and to follow their hearts when they had the honor of meeting and ...Read More >>>


Business Volunteers of the Arts and Play On, Philly!

BVA Puts the Human in Human Resources for Play On, Philly! - Business Volunteer for the Arts profiles its work with Play On, Philly. &n...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly! Inspires Local Youth to be Great

Play On, Philly! was recently profiled by Temple University Journalism students on their website:  ...Read More >>>


POP Harp Studio in the News

Click here to read the article, "The Harpists of Play On, Phil...Read More >>>


Violinist Joseph Lin teaches a Master Class

The 8th grade musicians of the St. Francis de Sales School Firebird String Quartet, directed by Teaching Artist Rebecca Schlappich, w...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly! at Sparking Solutions Conference

Play On, Philly! CEO Stanford Thompson recently was the Keynote Speaker at the First Annual Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia Conference...Read More >>>


Trio Cavatina Visits Play On, Philly!

Orchestral ensembles, large and small, need to listen to each other, pick up on cues and work together to sound good, which is why our young mus...Read More >>>


Stanford Thompson interviewed on Performance Today Radio Show

Fred Child interviewed Play On, Philly! CEO Stanford Thompson today on his nationally broadcast American Public Radio show, Performance Toda...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly! Featured on KYW NewsRadio

Marciene Mattleman, Ed.D., featured Play On, Philly! yesterday during her ...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly!’s Continued Growth Underscores Benefits of Music Education

Innovative After-School Music Program Enhances Academic and Social Skills in a Safe and Nurturing Environment ...Read More >>>


The Community An Orchestra Makes

El Sistema-inspired programs are blossoming across North America as orchestras and others bring music into children's lives. No two programs...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly! Summer 2013 Newsletter

POP concluded it's second season on a high note by rounding out the year with a successful and music-filled Summer Session at West Catholic ...Read More >>>


Violinist Adrian Anantawan Inspires POP students

Play On, Philly! Summer Session students recently learned an invaluable lesson in overcoming adversity when the uniquely talented violinist,&nbs...Read More >>>


Bassist Joseph Conyers Teaches Master Class

Joseph Conyers, the Assistant Principal Bassist of The Philadelphia Orchestra treated the bass studio at Play On, Philly! (POP) to an inspiring ...Read More >>>


WHYY's Friday Arts Features Play On, Philly!

Recently WHYY-TV featured POP on it's "FridayArts" program as part of the Art of Life, produced by Karen Smyles. &nbs...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly! Presents Beethoven Alive! at Please Touch Museum

(Philadelphia, June 6, 2013)  To ring in the summer season of Target®...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly's St. Francis de Sales musicians receive standing ovation for Verizon Hall Peformance

From the University City Review, written by Haywood Brewster: In continuation of a relationship begun last year, The Philade...Read More >>>


LiveConnections, Play On, Philly! and the Philadelphia Dance Academy Present a Collaborative Program of Music and Dance

Students from Play On, Philly! at St. Francis de Sales will join with ballet dancers from the Philadelphia Dance Academy in a student-driven mus...Read More >>>


POP Founder, Stan Thompson, Receives Prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence

Washington, D.C.    Stanford Thompson, founder and CEO of Play On, Philly! (POP), was honored with the S...Read More >>>


POP Teachers Perform for Wissahickon Charter School Students!

On February 4th, three POP Teaching Artists performed for the elementary school students of Wissahickon Ch...Read More >>>


POP Interactive Performance at Hope Partnership for Education

The following account is provided by POP Viola TA Jennifer Boorum: On Dec...Read More >>>


DRUMLine Live Visits POP!

On Thursday, October 18, 2012, six members of the cast of the Broadway show DRUMLine Live visited Play On, Philly! at Freire Middle School. ...Read More >>>


Joe Lin of the Juilliard Quartet Visits POP!

Joseph Lin, first violinist of the world-renowned Juilliard Quartet, visited St. Francis de Sales School on October 4th to coach POP senior stri...Read More >>>


POP Performs at PA Conference for Women

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Our students are no strangers to the stage and have performed for crowds of 50,000 at Citizens Bank Park and...Read More >>>


Play On, Philly! Receives Major Support to Expand Its Impact

Carole Haas Gravagno and H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest commit $1 Million to POP's Growth Play On, Philly! (POP), the E...Read More >>>


POP Leads El Sistema Course at Villanova University

During the week of July 23-27, 2012, Play On, Philly! collaborated with Villanova University through its El Sistema in Action!...Read More >>>


POP Performs With the Philadelphia Wind Symphony

For its final performance of the season, the Philadelphia Wind Symphony presents a program of Visions.  Featuring the music of heralded ban...Read More >>>


POP Featured in the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal

By Heather Calvert Play On, Philly! is an after-school orchestral music education program started by Stanford Thompson, with funding ...Read More >>>


Sir Simon Rattle Conducts the POP Symphony

The Philadelphia Orchestra partners with Play On, Philly! (POP), an El Sistema-inspired education and social initiative, to provide young West P...Read More >>>


WHYY Features POP

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane Changing Lives: El Sistema’s Transformative Power of Music ...Read More >>>


NewsWorks Features POP

NewsWorks Features Play On, Philly! By Peter Crimmins Audio Slideshow by Lindsay LazarskiAn after-school music program in ...Read More >>>


Philadelphia Inquirer Features POP

AFTER STINTS ABROAD, A HIGHER MUSICAL PURPOSE. A Curtis graduate has chosen a different musical path, cultivating young talent from poorer areas...Read More >>>


POP Launches New Strategy


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