POP in the News

Read up on the latest news from Play On Philly!

PBS News Hour: A Brief But Spectacular on how Music Empowers Communities

Featuring Andrés González

December 28, 2023

Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s message to musicians in Play On Philly and beyond: don’t forget to listen


November 10, 2023

Play On Philly: a Model of Excellence


August 15, 2023

WRTI Young Artist Spotlight: Tubist Keith

July 31, 2023

Announcing Play On Philly’s new Executive Director: Jessica Zweig

June 13, 2023

POP Children’s Orchestra Featured on Albie’s Elevator

The Children’s Orchestra made their TV premiere in an episode entitled “French Toast Frank,” where Albie learns patience from POP percussionist Tristian.

July 5, 2023

WHYY “You Oughta Know” Feature on Play On Philly

Segment begins at 4:35

March 24, 2023

Fox 29 “The 215”: Play On Philly: Organization provides Philadelphia children with music education

March 15, 2023

Andrés González selected as one of Yamaha Music’s 2023 “40 under 40” music educators

February 3, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: Play On Philly Launches the Composing for Young Orchestras Project in Collaboration with the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music

November 1, 2022

Play On Philly founder Stanford Thompson is stepping down


October 13, 2022

Education Power Players – Stanford Thompson, Founder and Executive Director, Play On Philly

Metro Philadelphia

September 23, 2022

How A Classical Musician Became A Nonprofit Founder

Podcast: The Careers They Didn’t Tell You About

September 13, 2022

Philadelphia Community Podcast – Insight Pt. 2: Philadelphia Works Career Fair, Play On Philly, FactCheck.org


April 8, 2022

Philly Program Helps Young Musicians ‘Play on’


April 5, 2022

Marian Anderson Young Artist Program offers kids a pathway to music

Philadelphia Tribune

April 5, 2022

The Pastor’s Office: Rev. Jonathan A. Mason’s Interview with Stanford Thompson

Interview begins at 3:22

April 2, 2022

Play On Philly New Initiative Launches


March 29, 2022

Music education organization launches new program for Philly students

KYW Radio

March 19, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Play On Philly Launches the Marian Anderson Young Artist Program with Call for Applications

March 14, 2022

Silver Linings from the COVID-19 Shutdowns at Music Schools

by Amy Nathan for the Oxford University Press’s OUPblog

January 29, 2022

Musician and Educator Stanford Thompson Named 2021 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Honoree

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

October 13, 2021

Play On Philly’s Positive Impact

The Mosaic (NADIA)

September 8, 2021

“Someone is playing on us,” Play On Philly reacts to Mackenzie Scott donation

Al Dia News

June 25, 2021

Play On Philly receives donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, fmr. Lower Merion teacher


June 16, 2021

Some Philly-Area Organizations to Receive Part of Massive Donation from MacKenzie Scott


June 16, 2021

Music to Economic Opportunity: MacKenzie Scott Funds to Help Philly Groups


June 16, 2021

The Citizen Recommends: Young At Art

Philadelphia Citizen

April 21, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: You’re Invited to Young At Art!

April 19, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Announcing Young at Art – A Collaboration Between Astral Artists, Play On Philly, and Mural Arts Philadelphia

February 2, 2021

POP Featured in “Kids Q the Music” Podcast 

January 2, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Philadelphia Youth Come Together as a Community through Music at the POP Virtual Winter Showcase

December 14, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: ExCITe Center and Play On Philly Discuss Creation and Innovation during the Pandemic with Philly Arts and Education Leaders

September 8, 2020

PHL 17 Morning News: POP (Play on Philly) to host Summer Showcase

August 6, 2020

Press release: Philadelphia Youth Share Their Voices Through Artistic Works at the POP Summer Showcase: Lifting Our Voice

July 31, 2020

How Music Responds on WRTI: A Conversation with Stanford Thompson

June 18, 2020

Press release: Kerwin Young Speaks with Philly Youth Musicians at POP Virtual Summer Program

July 10, 2020

Press release: Ritz Chamber Players Perform with Philly Youth Musicians at POP Strings Festival

January 29, 2020

Press release: Philadelphia Orchestral and Chester Choral Students Join Forces to Honor MLK Day with Free Performances

January 13, 2020

PLAYING AND PRESERVING (Astral Artists, Play on Philly, Partners for Sacred Spaces): Beautiful music at St. Mary’s, Hamilton Village

November 25, 2019

Play On Philly featured on PHL17’s In Focus

October 12, 2019

Play On Philly was featured on PHL17’s In Focus program hosted by Jennifer-Lewis Hall last weekend. Co-Founder and Executive Director Stanford Thompson, was interviewed, followed by flutist Tewabch, clarinetist Zakkya, and bassoonist Kyla performing a Mozart Divertimento to close the segment.

Stanford Thompson: Creating Social Harmony

October 4, 2019

Cracking Nature’s Moulds in Clark Park

July 27, 2019

POPSO summer students performed live music in Shakespeare in Clark Park’s production of King Lear. Check out the mention in the review to learn more about their performance!

Philly Students Master Sonatas and Concertos for Uplifting Experience

Penn Law Journal

Read about what drew Board Member Mitchell Bach to our mission and the impact our programs have had on our students!