Under the leadership of Maestro Louis Scaglione, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO)—founded in 1939 as an all-volunteer organization—has grown and transformed into a nationally recog¬nized, professionally managed institution. Scaglione’s tenure began in 1997, when Joseph Primavera, who served as PYO’s Music Director for 51 years, appointed him Conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. In 1999, Maestro Scaglione was named Associate Conductor of the PYO organization, becoming the organization’s first Executive Director two years later. In 2003, Scaglione accepted the position of President, and upon Maestro Primavera’s retirement two years later in 2005, he became the organization’s fifth Music Director in addition to his office as President and CEO.
Maestro Scaglione is also Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Encore Series, Inc., the presenter of The Philly POPS; a position he has held since July 2012. He also served as Artistic Director of the Choral Society of Montgomery County in residence at Montgomery County Community College from 2002 to 2012. From 2006 through 2010, he was Resident Music Director and Conductor for the Luzerne Music Center (NY). For two summers, he worked with the Philadelphia International Music Festival (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), leading the Gold Orchestra (2011); and working with the Music House Orchestra (2012). He is a former member of the faculty and administrative staff of Temple University Music Preparatory Division. Because of his work with the PYO program, Maestro Scaglione was elected by his peers in 2006 to serve as Chairman of the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the League of American Orchestras, and served on the League’s Board of Directors.
Additionally, Maestro Scaglione’s involve¬ment with the greater Philadelphia cultural and social community includes service as a member of the Board of Directors of The Philly POPS; and Treasurer of Studio Incamminati. More recent appointments include Director of The Union League of Philadelphia; and Vice Chairman of The Youth Work Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.
Maestro Scaglione graduated with honors from The University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education; and holds a Master of Music degree from Temple University