In light of the statewide stay-at-home directive by Governor Tom Wolf and the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, our office and programs will be closed until April 30th. Please check back for updates. For our POP families, please visit the resource section in our POP family portal for instructional videos made by our POP TA’s for your students to continue learning and practicing at home during this time.


​How does a student join POP?

Joining POP works differently at each site. At Freire Charter Middle School and Independence Charter School West, all students are eligible to enroll in the program. At St. Francis de Sales, students must be selected through a randomized lottery in order to join the program.

At POPSO, students from across the city, regardless of which school they attend, can enroll in programming.

What instruments do you offer at POP?

At POP, we offer a large range of instruments that reflect the traditional orchestral family. These include:

  • Bassoon
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Saxophone
  • Euphonium
  • French Horn
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Harp
  • Percussion

How can I bring POP to my child’s school?

If you are interested in having POP programming at your child’s school, get in touch with your principal! We have a selection process to help us find potential new sites, and having a principal reach out to us is an excellent way to start the process.

Will POP be offering other types of music in the future, besides classical?

While the orchestras and ensembles at Play On Philly perform repertoire from a variety of genres, the orchestra and the community it fosters is at the center of what we do.

Can my student attend POP Summer Camp?

Yes! Our POP Summer Camp is open to both students enrolled in our Music Centers and POPSO, as well as the rest of Philadelphia community. If you would like to enroll your student in our POP Summer Camp, please visit our Summer Music Camp page.