The Primavera Fund
Envisioning a world in which every young musician is given the opportunity to succeed


Envisioning a world in which every young musician has the opportunity to succeed

Give a gift that provides for a child's musical future




2017 was a remarkable year for The Primavera Fund,

full of beautiful performances, impressive accomplishments, and new opportunities for our Artists. Samir Robinson traveled to Iceland to perform and to Los Angeles as part of the Onyx Violins duo. Akili Farrow auditioned for the Royal Conservatory and Royal College of Music in London for college, and little Spencer Chambers was the youngest ever participant, at only eight years old, at the International Bass Society conference in Ithaca New York, where he met and performed for his idol, Philadelphian Christian McBride.

Our new Sterling Masterclass Series brings our Artists closer to their goal of attending collegiate music programs. In November, Dennis Kim, Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic, led a masterclass that resulted in Maxwell Chambers and Samir Robinson being invited to his music festival in Vancouver on full scholarship.  

We were able to provide this deep and meaningful support and mentoring to more than twenty students this year because of your generosity and belief in us. Before The Primavera Fund, these young talents doubted whether their dreams could ever be a reality. We have changed that for them, and seeing the light that shines in them now reminds me every day that generosity is the real gift that keeps on giving.

Please consider a gift to The Primavera Fund in your year-end giving. $25 can provide a piece of music or new strings; $100 can provide a whole set of strings. $500 can provide transportation to summer music programs or a new mouthpiece. We make sure that every Primavera Artist has the tools for success. Will you help us ensure that this crucial support will continue?


When you are part of The Primavera Fund, you have everything.
— Lily Mell, violinist

As Philadelphia’s premier merit-based program for financially challenged young, aspiring musicians, we provide individualized, focused support, resources, and access to the best educational opportunities in Philadelphia and beyond. We prepare each Primavera Artist for acceptance into the world's top conservatories and university music programs.

Our Directors and staff work closely with every Primavera Artist’s parents, private instructors, and youth orchestra and chamber music directors to make sure that our students are afforded every opportunity for growth.  With a combined thirty years of educational and professional experience, we designed our program to offer the highest level of support to each young Artist. 

We give our Artists

personalized attention

We view each Primavera Artist as an individual and we tailor our program to suit their individual needs. In addition to their primary focus, some compose, conduct, or play jazz. We encourage each Artist to pursue their unique interests.

tools and resources    

With a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Norman Holland-Hull, we furnish every Artist with their own professional quality instrument from the Norman Holland-Hull Instrument Library. 


The Primavera Artists are a unique group of extremely talented students. We foster the feeling of inclusion with group classes, performances, and workshops designed to address their individual needs and concerns as young musicians.


Every Artist receives weekly private lessons with the best teachers in Philadelphia, and financial support for youth orchestras, chamber music programs, and intensive summer programs. Philadelphia has trained some of the world's finest musicians, and the tradition continues for our Artists.


Our graduating Artists are accepted into music programs at Universities and Conservatories. Some are the first in their family to attend college. They have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, and on tour in Italy and Iceland, among other triumphs. 


Almost 40% of Philadelphia's children live in poverty. While the dream of a life on stage can seem a world away in this environment, with the right guidance and tools for success, we take them out of a life of limited choices.

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Inspiring Excellence: The Primavera Dream
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