About the Program

Young musicians who are selected to be Anderson Artists are exceptionally dedicated to their musical studies in classical or jazz and are focused on achieving the highest levels of musical excellence. These emerging musicians and their families are provided the comprehensive support needed to reach their full potential.

Anderson Artists follow a pathway of learning, starting as Apprentices and advancing to Scholars. Students focus on making strides in their musicianship, individual practice regimens, and increasing their understanding of how to be a leader in ensembles. Simultaneously, families of Anderson Artists create support systems for their young musician, working closely with Play On Philly (POP) staff to provide the best opportunities and maintain a healthy balance between school and musical pursuits. Anderson Artists live in or go to school in Philadelphia, PA.

Program Components

Each Anderson Artist receives the following sustained support:

  • Weekly private instruction
  • Individual advisement for the young musician and family
  • Access to instruments, supplies, and music
  • Large and small ensemble and solo performance opportunity
  • Concert tickets and opportunities to meet and work with performing artists
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Masterclass participation
  • Supplemental lessons on piano, theory, improvisation, or score reading, when needed

Scholars Students also receive:

  • Audition and application guidance for summer music festivals; tuition assistance, when needed
  • Assistance in preparing for conservatory or music school
  • Courses on citizen artistry
  • Public speaking opportunities

Below is a sample of the program components for each track. Please note that this changes slightly based on the student’s area of study.

Apprentice

Weekly lessons
Daily practice
Studio Class (after-school programming)
Large Ensemble (after-school programming)
Honor’s Recitals twice a year
Summer Camp/festival attendance

Sample Week in the life of an Apprentice

Sunday
Individual practice: 1 hour

Monday
Music Center programming: 2 hours

Tuesday
Warm up for lesson: 15 min; Lesson: 45 min

Wednesday
Music Center programming: 2 hours

Thursday
Individual Practice: 1 hour

Friday
Music Center programming: 2 hours

Saturday
Individual Practice: 1 hour


Most of our Apprentices participate in after-school programming through Play On Philly (POP). Students who attend school outside of a POP Music Center are encouraged to join another after-school music program to fulfill their large-ensemble requirements. Some of our older Apprentices will be invited to join the Chamber Music program offered through POP. All Apprentices will be required to join the POP Children’s Orchestra for the Jubilee Concert in May each year.

Scholars

Weekly lessons
Daily practice
Theory Class (September-May)
Large Ensemble
Honors Recitals twice a year
Summer Festival attendance

Sample Week in the life of a Scholar

Sunday
Practice: 2 hours

Monday
Warm-up for lesson: 30 min
Lesson – 1 hour

Tuesday
Chamber Ensemble: 2 hours
Practice: 1-2 hours

Wednesday
Theory Class: 1.5 hours
Practice: 1-2 hours

Thursday
Practice: 2 hours

Friday
Practice: 2 hours

Saturday
Large Ensemble Rehearsal: 2 hours

Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Our next cycle for auditions will be in Fall 2022.

Questions?

Contact the Anderson Artist Manager, Dr. Anna Meyer at AndersonArtists@playonphilly.org