School of Arts Popelka in Prague, Czech Republic has 845 pupils, which can choose from four different specializations – music, dance, drama and arts.

Its music department offers a variety of subjects to study: piano, violin, viola, violoncello, guitar, recorder, flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, trumpet, percussion, voice and song interpretation, etc. Pupils profile themselves like soloists together with participation in chamber music represented by string ensemble, brass band, chamber orchestra or symphony orchestra - Prague Youth Philharmonic. Voice department’s students join children’s choir or opera ensemble.

School of Arts Popelka regularly cooperates with educational and artistic institutions abroad. Its ensembles and study groups recently visited Great Britain, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, and Croatia. Pupils perform in frequent concerts and shows, bringing awards from both national and international competitions.

contact: Vojtěch Fröhlich, deputy director, +420 734 445 326, frohlich@zuspopelka.cz

Prague Youth Philharmonic (PYP) was founded in 1995 under patronage of School of Arts Popelka in Prague. The orchestra performed in many public concerts in the most attractive halls in the Czech Republic like the Municipal House in Prague, Spanish Hall of the Prague Castle or the Dvorak’s Hall of Rudolfinum.

The orchestra cooperates with prestigious ensembles both Czech and foreign (Neyer Chor Dresden, Wadachi Choir Japan, Prague Philharmonic Choir). In 2009 the orchestra cooperated with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the 2nd Rachmaninoff’s piano concerto.  Its repertoire consists of masterpieces of classical music including Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony as well as popular movie music.  

The Dance Department, Dance Studio Light is makes contemporary dance theatre and creates performances in the form of community theatre and connects professional artistic creation with pedagogical work. The department carries out projects of international cooperation and initiates the creation of performances in the form of social projects. Its groups perform at national competitions, bringing regularly awards. The department takes part in international projects, in 2012 the group was invited to perform at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, in 2013 cooperated with Collège privé sous contrat Saint Joseph Pantin in Paris, in 2014 performed in Provence and Slovakia.