“You’ll walk by more talent every day than you’ll ever hear on the concert stage”
— David Segal, Co-Founder and President

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.


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.

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

What We offer our Artists

  • Weekly private instruction with a world class teacher

  • Instruments on loan from the Norman Holland-Hull Instrument Library

  • Mentoring by leading professionals in the classical music world

  • Masterclasses with renowned teachers

  • Professional assistance with resumes, applications, and personal statements

  • Audition preparation courses to ensure college and career readiness

We help close the achievement gap

Almost 40% of Philadelphia's children live in poverty, surviving on less than $12,000 per year for a family of four.  Many go long periods of time without running water or electricity.  Thriving in this environment can seem impossible.

Many organizations have addressed this reality by creating programs designed to help children participate in orchestra, band, and choral groups, exposing students to the world of classical music.  While an untold number of children have benefitted from these efforts, to those living in poverty the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Curtis Institute of Music, and other top quality music programs can feel a world away. 

For those with the talent, drive, and moral support to succeed, but whose socio-economic challenges are a roadblock to success, The Primavera Fund is there to support their efforts and help make their dreams come true.

We create opportunities

Directors Rachel Segal and Kenneth Bean work closely with every 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, our program is designed to give the highest level of support to each one of our Artists. 

Today's musicians must posses a varied skill set never before necessary in order to achieve success as a professional. Working musicians must be skilled at improvisation, arranging, and communication, in addition to achieving excellence as a performer.  Our Artists are given access to entrepreneurial training, music theory and composition, masterclasses and audition workshops, and side-by-side performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.