WE PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN CLASSICAL MUSIC THROUGH MENTORING AND FINANCIALLY SUSTAINING THE MUSICAL AMBITIONS OF YOUNG, PROMISING PHILADELPHIANS
In 2014, Rachel Segal, David Segal, and Kenny Bean came together to solve a problem. All three had spent their lives in and around music, and all three had come to the same conclusion: that talent should never be lost because of financial circumstances. Rachel's career as a violinist had focused on performance and stretching boundaries while Kenny's had focused on teaching and youth development. We found that our individual focuses complemented each other’s in surprising, and what turned out to be inseparable, ways. Our commitment is to narrowing the access gap in Philadelphia for financially challenged young musicians.
We believe that what makes a great musician is the right combination of ability, guidance, and resources. Choosing to specialize in a field means that you are completely devoted to it; that you will protect it as if it were your own. That is the energy that sets us apart.
Since our beginning, we have facilitated the success of eighteen young musicians. With a generous endowment from the estate of Dr. Norman Holland-Hull and the inspiration of Maestro Joseph Primavera, whose knowledge and commitment over more than five decades as the Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra produced members of every major symphony orchestra in the United States, we started The Primavera Fund and the Norman Holland Hull Instrument Library. Maestro Primavera used to say that "instrument cases don't make court cases" and he was right, as studies consistently show a link between music education and personal achievement, which in turn lowers risk factors for at-risk youth. The missing ingredient for these young people from financially challenged backgrounds was having the right tools and individualized guidance to reach their goals. We provide the tools and mentoring needed for each Primavera Artist to excel and realize their dreams.
Our core values
We take a creative approach to each Artist's path, and find creative solutions to the roadblocks they encounter. We encourage them to be creative and to stretch their boundaries both in music and in life.
Our Directors, staff, and supporters all believe deeply in the value of diversity, making sure that our leadership reflects the diversity of our students.
Our commitment is complete. Once you are a Primavera Artist, you are provided with everything you need to grow and excel in music.
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Founder and Executive director
A native Philadelphian, Rachel has enjoyed an exciting and varied career both at home and abroad. As a performer, her career highlights include more than a decade as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is Concertmaster of the Central City Opera Orchestra and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony.
Rachel began her violin studies at age three in the Suzuki Method. As a teen she participated in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Settlement Music School, and The New York String Orchestra Seminar. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan in the studio of Paul Kantor and her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music in the studio of Sidney Harth. Other teachers include Jerome Wigler and Barbara Govatos.
Rachel’s commitment to education and outreach have taken her into dozens of public schools for performances and residencies, and she has held faculty positions at Regis University and the Community College of Aurora, as well as at the Luzerne Music Center. She has worked extensively as a chamber music and sectionals coach for the Denver youth orchestras and as a private teacher.
In addition to traditional classical music, Rachel is a champion of new music, and has premiered many new works of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. She was also Concertmaster for the Central City Opera’s premiere of Poet Li Bai, an opera by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing. Rachel has performed with some of the world’s most famous popular artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., DeVotchKa, Amanda Palmer, Otis Taylor, and Ben Folds. Rachel was a lead violinist for the Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango and performed frequently with the Extasis Tango Quartet in Denver.
Rachel currently performs frequently with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly Pops, and The Orchestra of The Pennsylvania Ballet, is a core member of The Fairmount String Quartet, and a founding member of The Media Lunas, an Argentine Tango quintet based in Media, PA. Rachel is the Associate Director and String Faculty Coordinator for The Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra, and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and The Greene Street Artists Cooperative. Learn more at www.rachelsegal.info.
Associate and Program Director
Kenny Bean began seriously studying music as a high school student when he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. He matriculated to Oberlin Conservatory where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, following which he completed a Master of Music Education from Jackson State University.
As a trumpeter, Kenny has enjoyed a thriving freelance career, playing with such ensembles as Mannheim Steamroller, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings with Symphony in C, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.
Following a desire to pass on the gift of music, Kenny has worked with a number of music education organizations, including Play on, Philly! and Settlement Music School, both of which serve Philadelphia youth. He has also taught at summer festivals, such as Kinhaven Music School and Luzerne Music Center.
In recent years, Kenny has been most fortunate to engage his passion for conducting. He has held the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley since 2011. He also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Conductor for the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra. Kenny currently lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Molly Bidlack.
Bassist Daniel Turkos is a freelance musician and teaching artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He maintains a busy performing career in various orchestral settings including historically informed early music ensembles as well as playing bluegrass, tango, jazz and rock. He performs regularly with The American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly Pops, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Oscuro Quintet, the Joe Hillman Band and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, most recently on a national tour with saxophonist Branford Marsalis.
Dan's summer activities include historical performance at The American Bach Soloist Academy, Amherst Early Music Festival and The Vivaldi Project Institute for Early Music, performing at the Colorado Music Festival, Music at Penn’s Woods and Catania International Music Festivals and studying at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and The American School of Double Bass.
Devoted to the education of young musicians, Dan is currently a teaching artist for the El Sistema program Play On, Philly!, faculty member at The Westtown School and also maintains a private teaching studio. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Jazz Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Graduate Professional Diploma from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. His primary teachers include Robert Black, Rob Nairn, Peter Paulsen, and Paul Rostock and he has participated in numerous master classes with classical, jazz and early music artists.