Tune Up Philly tunes up for another year

Tune Up Philly, the innovative music program at St. Francis de Sales in West Philadelphia, has found funding to ensure its second year of operation, the 2011-12 school year.

The Knight Foundation awarded the program $150,000, which has been matched with another $150,000 from local philanthropist Carole Haas Gravagno, leaving $165,000 still needed to reach full funding.

Matthew Tarekegn, 7, practices his violin backstage before performing in Dec. with Tune Up Philly.

About 80 students attend intensive after-school classes in ear-training and choral music, and receive instruction on a chosen instrument, through Tune Up Philly. The institute is modeled on the successful El Sistema program in Venezuela.

More on Tune Up Philly here.