Education is at the core of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic's mission:

The Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s Education program is unique among orchestras in the United States, accounting for more than half of the performances the ensemble presents each year.

The Pennsylvania Philharmonic supplies each school district with comprehensive study guides to prepare students for the music they will experience live in a one-of-a-kind 50-minute concert with our full orchestra, complete with lesson plans designed to conform to music curriculum standards in the state of Pennsylvania. Providing a peerless interactive experience for grades 4-8, students help to build the concert as it takes place, participating in both the music making and the storytelling. 

What inspires our musicians and music director, Michael Butterman? Watch the video and see!

Our mission is what makes us different from other orchestras

The mission of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic is to present the highest quality orchestral performances throughout Pennsylvania. More than half of these performances will take place in schools directly benefiting students in underserved rural and urban areas outside the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Additional public Classical and Pops programs are performed in multiple communities around the state sharing unique accessible concert experiences with audiences of all ages.

Pennsylvanians now have at least three great orchestras of note, the great Philadelphia Orchestra under the unique Yannick, the excellent Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck...and now the Pennsylvania Philharmonic under Michael Butterman bringing music to the People rather than the other way around.
— Penn Square Post