"Music is the best thing yet found to encourage everyone in work and play.  An orchestra that is promoted by unselfish motives to promote music of finest educational value is an asset to the community, and the Erie Philharmonic orchestra, organized for the purpose, will have the endorsement of all."

Dr. Otto Behrend - May 3, 1921; Erie Dispatch

2017-18 Youth Concerts

What Makes our Music Sound American?

Over the course of 2 days, the Philharmonic performed for almost 6,000 students from across the region!  Composers featured on the concert included John Williams, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives and Meredith Willson along with a world-premiere written by students from the Downtown YMCA Teen Center and Erie Philharmonic violinist Christina Dolanc.  A 51-page curriculum was distributed to all teachers ahead of time as well.

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2017-18 Sponsors

Doug and Deb Murphy

Dave and Pam Davis

Mark and Amy Denlinger

Scott and Lisa Gordon (Adams)

Mark Holcomb

Barb Hutzelman

Bob and Christie Ferrier