About Us

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.

Christian Capocaccia

Dear Students and Parents,

My vision for the Young Artists Philharmonic is to challenge students to greater musical heights, and to help them fulfill their potential. As a conductor, I know that behind every great performance is the passion and dedication of the musicians who take part. This orchestra is more than an ensemble of talented artists: it’s a community of engaged, ambitious, and friendly young musicians who over the years have gone on to become leaders in their fields.

For prospective students, I hope that you will consider auditioning for our orchestra, as you will find it a challenging, fun, and musically rewarding experience. I encourage you to browse the various sections on this website in order to learn the rich history of this organization, as well as the important impact that we have in Fairfield County and other communities.

The Early Days

The Early Days

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.

Growing Up (1960-1980)

Growing Up (1960-1980)

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.

Bigger Stages (1980-90)

Bigger Stages (1980-90)

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.

Passing the Baton (2012)

Passing the Baton (2012)

In 2012, Maestro Princiotti stepped down after 52 years as music director, and YAP started a new chapter with the appointment of Christian Capocaccia as his chosen successor.

A Big Debut (2015)

A Big Debut (2015)

In 2015, the orchestra gave its first performance at Carnegie Hall, bringing 116 musicians for the season ending performance.

Starfish Connection


YAP is delighted to partner with the Starfish Connection, a comprehensive program that identifies high potential children from high risk socio-economic groups in the 3rd grade, and provides mentoring, advocacy, educational support, enrichment, and extracurricular activities throughout their elementary, middle and high school years. Offering an Instrument Petting Zoo to students who are ready to select a musical instrument for study, YAP hopes to ignite a spark in each student for the particular instrument of their choosing, and asks advanced YAP students to demonstrate the instruments in a ‘hands-on’ demonstration.

Stamford Public Schools


YAP and the Stamford Public Schools enjoy a reciprocal relationship, wherein conductors and guest artists from YAP engage music teachers one on one in order to provide targeted support and collaborations in the classrooms. By reaching out to young students on their own turf, we are able to show them just how easy and fun it is to make music in the context of a youth orchestra. Issues such as audition anxiety and lack of self confidence can be better overcome in these settings, when children see that we are all about friendship and nurturing.

Childcare Learning Centers


Since 1902, Childcare Learning Centers (CLC) has been a leader in developing and implementing high-quality and affordable early childhood education and care programs such as Stamford School Readiness, Child Development, Early Head Start and Head Start. It is recognized as the third largest pre-kindergarten program in the state and the largest in Fairfield County. The organization operates at seven locations including CLC Palmer’s Hill, CLC William Pitt on Hillandale Avenue and CLC Maple Avenue. With accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, CLC provides over 1,000 children a year with a comprehensive curriculum, well-trained teachers, on-site healthcare providers and family service workers, and nutritious meals. The organization also has a unique collaboration with Yale University and the preschool RULER approach for building social and emotional skills in young children. For more information, visit CLC’s website at www.CLCStamford.org.

Claudia Silver, President
Rainer Busch, Treasurer
Eric Kung, President Emeritus
Tom Arbron, Director
Monica Becker, Director
Angela Bollettieri, Director
Harriette Ketover, Director
Jessica Kung, Director
Rupa Sethu, Director

5 Benefits of Music Education

By Eric Kung M.D., Young Artists Philharmonic President Emeritus

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Enhances the development of academic achievement

 

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Provides a vital means of self-expression

 

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Fosters a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem

 

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Teaches the importance of focus, discipline and teamwork

 

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Builds character, social skills and creativity

 

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