Malvern, Pa, resident, Asher Goldfinger a violin student with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, was among ten students who earned the 2014 prestigious Good Citizenship Award presented by the Youth Work Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (ULP). The awards, given to recognize accomplishments of outstanding young citizens who participate in the ULP’s Youth Work Day Program, were presented during the Foundation’s annual Good Citizenship Award Dinner on Thursday, May 15 at the Union League. The talented young PYO musicians who received the 2014 Good Citizenship Award come from across the Delaware Valley a Good Citizenship Award from the Union League's Youth Work Foundation.
Photo Caption: Back Row (L to R)—Asher Goldfinger, Louis Scaglione, Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, David Kim, Nova Friedman, Anne Catherine Lin, Maria-Terese Dell’Orefice. Front Row (L to R)—Tanavi Prabhu, Michael Brookshire (Youth Work Day Facilitator and PYO Alum), Tristan D. Maidment, Andrew David Michie, James McAloon, Jr.
One of the hallmarks of the renowned PYO organization, led by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, is that its challenging programming taught by an extraordinary staff builds and reinforces the character of its students. Mr. Scaglione explains, “In the process of their musical education at the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, our students develop characteristics of leadership and responsibility that affect every aspect of their lives. We are so proud of these remarkable young people as they represent our organization in all their endeavors.”
The Youth Work Foundation’s programs recognize, educate and motivate high school students who demonstrate the attributes of a good citizen. Over the past 68 years, the Good Citizenship Award has been presented to nearly 17,000 young people. This year, 270 young men and women were recognized at the Award Dinner, where Union League President Thomas Lynch noted, “These students are role models to us all for their accomplishments, leadership and good citizenship.”
About the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra: The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization is the Tri-State area’s premier musical training and performance programs for gifted, young musicians and one of the most highly regarded youth orchestral and college preparatory music education institutions in the country. For 74 years, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization has been providing professional-caliber musical experiences to young instrumentalists under the guidance of a prestigious faculty that includes members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Led by president and music director Louis Scaglione, the organization is comprised of five programs designed to develop a variety of specialized musical skills: the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an after-school outreach program. For more information about the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, visit www.pyos.org.
About The Union League of Philadelphia: The Union League of Philadelphia was founded in 1862 to support the Union cause during the Civil War and to actively campaign for the re-election of Abraham Lincoln. Since its founding, League members have been leaders in civic, cultural and charitable activities in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Today, the 3,500 members generously support the work of the League’s three foundations: Youth Work, Scholarship and Abraham Lincoln Foundation.