Ms. Delia Raab-Snyder is the director of Tune Up Philly, The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s El Sistema inspired program centered in North Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor’s in Clarinet Performance from the Mannes College of Music and her Master’s in Music from The University of Southern California. She studied with Mark Nuccio and Yehuda Gilad respectively. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Ms. Raab-Snyder has served on the staff of The Colburn School and the Aspen Music Festival. She completed her Orff Method Certification at Villanova University in 2010 and joined the early childhood music faculty at Settlement Music School. Ms. Raab-Snyder spent two weeks teaching at the El Sistema program in Campos, Brazil and spent over a month volunteering with El Centro de Esparanza Infantil in Oaxaca, Mexico working directly with street children enrolling in school for the first time. She has toured and observed community based social change programs in Cuba and Vietnam.
Through Tune Up Philly, she has worked to develop a program that serves over 120 students in North Philadelphia. Under her leadership, Tune Up Philly students have performed 50 neighborhood centered concerts throughout Philadelphia over the past two years and performed musical outreach into their own communities. Ms. Raab-Snyder has been a featured guest lecturer at The San Francisco Conservatory, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the faculty of the Settlement Music School, St. Francis de Sales School, The Music in Charter Schools Festival, Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians and Tune Up Philly. She currently maintains her commitment to public education in Philadelphia by mentoring four area high school students and volunteering in the literacy program at her local public school. This summer, she will begin teaching classes for parents and children at the Early Head Start in West Philadelphia and will present workshops on connecting music with literacy through the Philadelphia Reads program.