The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is pleased to partner with our community, offering a number of programs and concerts, which benefit our region and particularly our children. Each year, our orchestra has the opportunity to expose our young people to new music and enriching cultural experiences via family focused concerts and programs, age-appropriate performances, and experiential learning opportunities which allow young people in their formative years to have fun and learn about the value of music in our lives.
Student musical competitions, interactive website pages and teaching lesson plans, are all included in our Educational Community Engagement (ECE) programs. The ECE Programs include all Philharmonic initiatives that directly educate and musically influence the young people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our organization is proud to introduce music that enriches the lives of the children and young people by offering unique programs that bring great value to our lives. We hope that our community will take advantage of the many ways the Philharmonic brings fun learning opportunities to the children to our area. Please view each link to learn more about the opportunities you have to engage yourselves, your children, your students and your families in wonderful musical and learning experiences, which enrich our lives through enjoyment and encourage a lifelong passion and appreciation for the arts.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts provide a unique opportunity for children in grades 3 through 6 to explore classical music as part of their educational curriculum. Each year, the Philharmonic presents four youth oriented live concerts with coordinating classroom materials to over 6,000 students in private, public, parochial schools in addition to home schooled children. Participating schools receive study booklets and CDs that present background information on the music and composers in a fun and age appropriate format, while the CD presents excerpts of the upcoming concert’s music with a “ play-by-play” commentary by our Music Director and conductor, Larry Loh.
For additional information and to schedule your class to experience the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic YPC Concert, please contact: or e-mail Pat Arvonio, CFO and YPC Coordinator : firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Maestro
Meet the Maestro is a new program designed to help parents nurture their child's musical growth. It provides developmentally appropriate music and movement instruction to preschool children that includes a visit to the libraries in the Lackawanna County Children’s Library System by the Philharmonic’s Maestro, Lawrence Loh. Meet the Maestro develops children’s basic music competence by providing an interactive music experience rather than learning concepts through watching a performance. For 45 minutes, area preschool children learn how music relates to movement. With friendly ‘down on the floor’ informality, the Maestro shows the children how to listen for particular sounds in a musical piece, and how music can be used throughout life to reduce stress.
Music in Our Schools
Our new Music in Our Schools program takes the Philharmonic right to the children. Music Director Maestro Lawrence Loh escorts a small group of NEPA Philharmonic musicians to the schools in our region, to present an entertaining interactive lecture, and often doing a performance, or rehearsing with the school orchestra or chorus. Quartets of strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass instruments will rotate their participation in the Music in Our Schools program. Partnering with NEIU#19, we focus our attention on Grades 3, 4, & 5, because that is the age children choose their instruments if their school has a band or orchestra program. The numbers of schools visited by this will directly correlate with our ability to secure sponsorship funding.
Crescendo Family Concert
In response to our regional need for music education and appreciation for our youngest residents, the NEPA Philharmonic, in partnership with many other regional organizations, offers the annual Crescendo Family Concert Series. Designed for children ages 3 and up, along with their families, our Family Concert will include a theme-based updated website, that contains an interactive/animated page for children to prepare for the concert. The theme of this year's concert will be "Many Moods of Music."
Masterworks Pre-Lecture Series
Prior to each masterworks concert throughout the season, Music Director Lawrence Loh will give a brief talk regarding the music you are about to hear. Knowing the background of outstanding compositions before listening to them helps to create a better understanding and appreciation of the music when it is heard. Sponsoring a pre-concert lecture is another way for businesses to support outreach and education.
Questions? Contact us at 570-270-4444.