The mission of the Young Artists Philharmonic is to educate, enrich and inspire young people through the transformative power and beauty of music. Through the teaching, study, practice and performance of music under the guidance of professional musicians, our goal is to help our members develop the skills of self-discipline, teamwork and character. We strive to enable and inspire students to reach their highest musical potential and take pride in their accomplishment.
For over fifty years, the Young Artists Philharmonic has educated young musicians from all over Connecticut and Northern Westchester. The orchestra was founded in the late 1950s when Salvatore Princiotti was asked by the Junior Schubert Club of Stamford to direct their string ensemble.
Over the years, the Young Artists Philharmonic has influenced generations of musicians. Alumni of the orchestra have gone onto further their music education at competitive music schools and conservatories. Others have gone on to become Grammy award-winning musicians. Many alumni are active in orchestras across the country, while others have chosen to teach music across all levels, from elementary to college. Outside of music, many of our alumni have gone on to become leaders in business and industry.
In addition to local performances, the orchestra has performed at national and international venues such as the World’s Fair in 1964 and the Statue of Liberty re-dedication. YAP also performed for George H.W. Bush and at the inauguration of the Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.
In 2015, the orchestra gave its first performance at Carnegie Hall, bringing 116 musicians for the season ending performance.