Nunzio Sisto will gladly tell you about how his nonprofit, Palm Springs Youth Training Orchestra (PSYTO), is inspired by his alma mater, the Juilliard School Pre-College. Or how his program is the first new approach to music education in more than 30 years. But the real story is about how his organization is striving to play a valuable role in the Palm Springs economy.

“We all agree that music education is necessary,” Sisto says. “However, my goal was to take a holistic view of music education, to overcome the obstacles leading to the decline — and extinction, in some cases — of music education in public school, to address the resources required and analyze the value created.”

This helps explain why PSYTO does not play seated concerts

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