Pittsburgh Music Organizations
Regional Asset District - RAD
The mission of RAD is to support and finance regional assets in the
areas of libraries, parks and recreation, cultural, sports and civic
facilities and programs. The District receives one-half of the proceeds
from the 1% Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax and the other half is
paid directly to the County and municipal governments by the State Treasurer.
Check the list of "Who we Fund" to find music organizations.
- The Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh City Paper is a free weekly - both print and online -
with up-to-date arts and entertainment events listings. The website
features blogs, local angles on the news, feature articles on local
and visiting artists and local theatrical productions as well as music
event listings by genre. Local acts and artists can get a listing for
their upcoming shows for free.
Pittsburgh Arts Council
The Council whose members include over 100 local arts organizations
aims to make the arts including music central to the lives of individuals
by expanding the reach, influence and effectiveness of the region's
diverse cultural community. An events calendar, ticket sales and arts
advocacy activities are a few examples of their ongoing programs. The
city's chapters of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Business Volunteers
for the Arts are also located here. Check the list of members for music
Pittsburgh is ART is a collaboration of local arts organizations to
showcase the superior cultural activity in Western Pennsylvania.
Often called "The Roboto Board" because of its former association with
the Mr. Roboto Project community show space, this message board is the
place for Pittsburgh's underground music scene to announce shows and
discuss anything else of interest.
- Aeolian Winds
The Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh is a group dedicated to bringing wind
chamber music to the greater Pittsburgh community. Primarily a wind
quintet, the group also regularly performs trios, quartets, and larger
- The Afro-American
An active educational and performance center for all age groups including
- Alia Musica
An organization of contemporary classical music composers. Created in
2006 by eleven young composers, it has a regular season of intimate
chamber performances and large-scale concerts.
An ensemble of 30 of the best brass players in southwestern Pennsylvania
that plays a variety of music styles during a regular concert series
in the Greater Pittsburgh area between late fall and early spring of
- American Guild of
Organists, Pittsburgh Chapter
Organ Artist Series
The Organ Artist Series (OAS) Committee of the Pittsburgh Chapter of
the American Guild of Organists (AGO) is dedicated to promoting the
performance, recognition and appreciation of organ music as an art form
by bringing to Pittsburgh many of the world's foremost organists.
American Recorder Society, Pittsburgh Chapter
A membership organization open to players of recorder and other early
music instruments at all skill levels.
Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
A large concert choir of approximately 100 singers that performs major
choral works by many composers, from Renaissance to Contemporary.
- Butler County
A community orchestra presenting six concerts per season.
The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
Calliope is a nonprofit educational and presenting organization that
promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its
- Carnegie Mellon
School of Music
Includes calendar of their recitals and concerts.
- The Children's
A Pittsburgh area chorus open to children 8 and older which rehearses
at Duquesne University and includes 134 children from 70 schools and
- Community Band
Community Band South provides an opportunity and place for former high
school and college band members to continue to play. Rehearsals are
held on Monday evenings in the Upper St. Clair Band Room from 7:30PM
- Coro Latinoamericano
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Coro Latinoamericano (Latinamerican Choir)
is a singing group of 25 men and women committed to "uniting the Americas"
through a closer understanding of Latinamerican music and culture. Members
represent various countries of North, Central and South America.
A nonprofit child of Mr. Smalls Funhouse whose mission is to bring advanced
technologies & opportunities in media arts to the hands of aspiring
artists & creative professionals.
- Duquesne University
Mary Pappert School of Music
Includes information on performance by their various music ensembles.
- East Winds Symphonic Band
Based in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, the East Winds Symphonic
Band performs a variety of music arranged for concert band, including
symphonies, marches and popular melodies. Read more about this band
in the Pittsburgh
A high quality, non-professional orchestra, presenting standard "Top
40" classical music to the eastern communities.
Ryan Arts Center
Offers classes in dance, music and theater in McKees Rocks.
Greater Harmony Chorus is a dynamic A capella women’s chorus that teaches
the art of vocal harmony, provides outstanding musical entertainment
throughout the Pittsburgh area, and offers unlimited opportunities for
- The Heinz
The University of Pittsburgh's premiere a cappella group which performs
a broad repertoire that ranges from the music of the Renaissance to
jazz, and everything in between.
A mixed vocal acappella ensemble of 9 singers
- IonSound Project
IonSound Project is an instrumental sextet (flutist Peggy Yoo, clarinetist
Kathleen Costello, violinist Laura Motchalov, cellist Elisa Kohanski,
pianist Rob Frankenberry and percussionist Eliseo Rael) which seeks
to add to Pittsburgh's cultural life by programming innovative concerts,
commissioning works of new music, collaborating with other artists in
a variety of disciplines, and exploring the boundaries between concert
and popular music.
A nonprofit organization established in 1973 by accomplished musician
and social worker Harold Young, Sr. and provides free jazz music lessons
to more than 200 inner city children and adults yearly.
- Kente Arts Alliance
Kente Arts Alliance is an African American arts organization whose mission
is to present high-quality art of the African Diaspora.
- The Lincoln Park Community
An orchestra composed of adult and advanced high school musicians who
enjoy playing classical and lighter arrangements for standard symphonic
orchestral instruments. The group practices at the Lincoln Park Performing
Arts Center in Midland, Pa., on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM. For more
information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- (Manchester Craftsmen’s
Guild) MCG Jazz
MCG Jazz’s mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. Through
their performances they strengthen the long time Pittsburgh jazz community
and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the
provides activities and programs including full-orchestra concerts at
McKeesport High School, Kane Hospital, and Renziehausen Park, chamber
music recitals, school programs, symphony chorus and youth chorus, student
chair programs and young artists' competition
Choir of Pittsburgh
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh has been delighting audiences with
its musical artistry for over 100 years. Founded in 1908, The Mendelssohn
is renowned for its versatility of repertoire, including oratorio, symphonic,
opera, Broadway and folk music. The Choir, comprised of more than 100
volunteer singers and a 20-voice professional core, is under the direction
of Betsy Burleigh. As choir of choice of the internationally-acclaimed
Pittsburgh Symphony, The Mendelssohn appears regularly on the Symphony's
subscription and Pops series at Heinz Hall.
The Microscopic Opera seeks to create innovative, thoughtful and cutting
edge performances of contemporary chamber opera, featuring emerging
and professional young musicians in the Pittsburgh area.
- Music on
Contemporary music concerts from outstanding visiting artists.
- North Suburban
An organization of professional and amateur musicians, encompassing
brass, woodwinds, and percussion, based in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
- Opera Theater
Formerly Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. The "other" opera. Opera Theater
Summerfest was founded as a professional company featuring emerging
singers and dedicated to education and audience development. It performs
in outreach to children and high school audiences, concentrates on presenting
much neglected, smaller early works and American operas, and provides
an opportunity and serves as a base for aspiring professional singers.
Pittsburgh Area Theater Organ Society (PATOS)
PATOS is devoted to the preservation of theatre pipe organs and the
music they create.
Pittsburgh Banjo Club
The Pittsburgh Banjo Club is a non-profit organization whose goal is
to promote the encouragement and preservation of the banjo, America’s
Native Instrument. It has over 100 members, including banjos, trumpets,
tubas, and bass, and its repertoire consists of sing-alongs, vocals,
banjo solos, music from the ’20s and ’30s, polkas and Dixieland.
A chamber choir of selectively chosen singers who perform both sacred
and secular choral music.
Chamber Music Society
sponsors world-class chamber music performances
CLO (Civic Light Opera)
producing the magic of live musical theater for Pittsburgh and the entire
Southwestern Pennsylvania region!
Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra
The PCO, established in 1958, has over 60 volunteer musicians who are
dedicated to providing quality music at a reasonable cost to the families
of Southwest Pennsylvania. The orchestra performs five concerts each
season in the Upper St. Clair High School Theater.
Founded in 1988, the Pittsburgh Compline Choir sings the ancient “Prayer
at the Close of the Day” service each Sunday during the academic year
at 8:00 PM in the candlelit beauty of Heinz Chapel. The auditioned mixed
voice ensemble is comprised of professional musicians, clergy, students
and lay people from throughout the region.
- Pittsburgh Concert
The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale is an 85-member ensemble of volunteer
singers from all over the greater Pittsburgh area that practices in
the North Hills. The group provides a three-program season of varied
music each year, including a Christmas program, major classical work
with orchestra, and a pops program with prominent local jazz artists.
Pittsburgh Concert Society
The Pittsburgh Concert Society encourages music in Pittsburgh by discovering
and assisting the development of musicians living, or receiving their
musical education, in the Pittsburgh area. The Pittsburgh Concert Society
presents musicians in formal concerts and offers them scholarships and
The Pittsburgh Flute Club exists to sponsor and promote musical productions
and recitals featuring the flute, and to encourage flute education and
Pittsburgh Historical Music Society
The Pittsburgh Historical Music Society was founded in 2010 as a way
to promote and expand the performance of music on historical instruments.
A club for horn players founded in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
horn section as a community outreach endeavor. They get together in
a casual atmosphere to play horn ensemble music, learn from each other,
socialize, and put on the occasional performance.
The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, founded by Nathan Davis and directed
by Sean Jones, is the resident orchestra of the August Wilson Center
for African American Culture.
Pittsburgh Mandolin Society
Pittsburgh has the largest mandolin orchestra in the United States and
provides many performance opportunities for mandolinists. While the
history of mandolin groups in Pittsburgh goes back to the 1890's, the
current group was founded in 2002.
Formerly Gargaro Productions, a company presenting quality musical theater
with a mission to educate youth. Also includes information on the Richard
E. Rauh Conservatory which provides training in dance, acting, voice
and musical theater studies.
Local 60-471 of the American Federation of Musicians with over 1,000
members who perform in the Pittsburgh Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras,
Civic Light Opera and many more groups throughout the Tri-State area.
Offers free referral service available to the public for single musicians
and groups of all sizes.
- Pittsburgh New Music
The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is one of the nation's oldest professional
ensembles devoted to the music of our time. The group places a particular
focus on setting musical works in a unique context utilizing film, drama,
and other theatrical media.
Includes information on the current season
- Pittsburgh Philharmonic
The Pittsburgh Philharmonic, a 60-member symphony orchestra in the northern
suburbs of Pittsburgh, offers new and original performances in community
settings. The orchestra performs 10 to 15 concerts per year, comprised
of a classical season and a summer pops series.
Piano Teachers Association
The Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association includes both private teachers
and those who serve as instructors in schools and colleges in the Pittsburgh
area. PPTA is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs
(NFMC), and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers' Association (PTMA).
a non-profit community theater organization dedicated to performing
the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle
The Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle is an independent program of Calliope:
the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, dedicated to exploring, promoting
and practicing the art and craft of songwriting.
See what Pittsburgh's major symphony is playing this season
- Pittsburgh Youth Chamber
The Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra is a group of young talented
musicians ages 13 to 21, playing string, woodwind, brass, percussion,
piano and harp in a chamber orchestra setting.
- Pittsburgh Youth Pops
Pittsburgh Youth Pops Orchestra is Western Pennsylvanias only independent
youth pops orchestra. PYPO provides an opportunity for dedicated young
musicians, from the greater Pittsburgh area, regardless of economic
status, to perform a varied repertoire of classics, movie themes, Broadway
show tunes, marches and contemporary favorites.
Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is nationally recognized as
one of the top youth orchestras in the United States. It is comprised
of 90 young musicians up to and including college age, selected by way
of competitive auditions. The PYSO presents free concerts at Heinz Hall,
Carnegie Music Hall and outreach locations.
- Renaissance and Baroque
Society of Pittsburgh
R&B brings the best early music performers from all over the world to
Pittsburgh to perform the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque,
and Early Classical periods.
The Renaissance City Choir (RCC) is a non-profit organization working
to culturally enrich audiences through choral music while educating
them about the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) community. The
members of the Renaissance City Men’s Choir (formed 1985), and the Renaissance
City Women’s Choir (founded 1995), have raised their voices to create
change through the power of music.
One of Pennsylvania's foremost chamber ensembles
- Ringold Band
Serving the Pittsburgh area since 1909, the Ringold Band is a volunteer
community concert band that delivers musical programs to church congregations,
civic organizations, retirement and senior care facilities, bringing
hour-long concerts to their audiences.
- River City
The leading concert band in the United States today, the River City
Brass Band is comprised of 28 professional musicians and has been entertaining
audiences since 1982.
- Royal Tribe
Royal Tribe Music is a non-profit organization established to promote
the musical performing arts targeting At-Risk, socially and economically
disadvantaged youth that are talented.
- Sounds of Pittsburgh
Chorus, Sweet Adelines Int'l
a superior, dynamic women's chorus which strives for musical excellence
within a friendly atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
- South Hills Children's Choir
The South Hills Children's Choir is a non-profit community choir for
children from all walks of life and ages 7-15.
The South Hills Chorale provides an opportunity for adults to develop
and share their choral talents by performing professional-quality concerts
throughout Western Pennsylvania for conventions, meetings, community
events, and facilities serving seniors and infirm persons.
- South Hills Junior
The South Hills Junior Orchestra is a non-profit metropolitan Pittsburgh
youth symphony orchestra formed in 1983 to provide an orchestral playing
experience for students age eight through high school.
The Steel City Harmonizers are a male, a cappella, four-part harmony
singing group and the Pittsburgh Metro Chapter of the Society for the
Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America,
- Steinway Society
of Western Pennsylvania
The Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania is a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to the music of the piano, providing performance opportunities
for young pianists, a scholarship competition for collegiate pianists,
and a performance series dedicated to regional and national artists.
- Sweet Adelines
International - Lake Erie Region #17
Sweet Adelines International is a non-profit organization promoting
the artform of acappella singing, barbershop style. In existence over
50 years, the organization is divided into regions. The award-winning
Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus (and their 7 quartets!) are part of Lake
Erie Region #17.
- Three Rivers Young
Youth members play in a professional atmosphere with challenging repertoire.
Coaching sessions with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians.
A group of four choirs (The Children's Choir, The Choraleers, The Teen
Chorale and the Village Singers) under the direction of Linda Wallace.
Performance opportunities at all levels -- solo and ensemble; Education
-- coaching sessions and workshops for instrumental, vocal and composition;
Opportunities to have your composed music performed; Community outreach
-- performances at local senior residences; Scholarships for college
music students from the Pittsburgh area
The vision of Undercroft Opera is to provide Pittsburgh Area singers
and exceptional vocal students with an artistic outlet and a greater
sense of community, while giving Pittsburgh audience members the opportunity
to discover and experience the operatic talent that is literally in
their own backyard!
- The University
of Pittsburgh Department of Music
In their events section you can find out about performances by their
- Washington Symphony
New orchestra provides Greater Washington area (Southwestern Pennsylvania
and Northern West Virginia) musicians the opportunity to play pops,
light classical, and classical music in a full symphony orchestra.
- West Hills Symphonic
An organization of professional and amateur musicians based in the West
Hills of Pittsburgh.
Westmoreland Choral Society
The Westmoreland Choral Society is an 80 member community chorus located
in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents classical music concerts
throughout the Westmoreland region.
Council on the Arts
The PCA, founded in 1966, is a state agency in the Office of the Governor,
whose mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of
the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation
of those arts throughout the state.
- Pennsylvania Music
Educators Association (PMEA)
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is an affiliate of the
65,000 member Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and a service
organization to music education in the Commonwealth. PMEA provides opportunities
each year for more than 12,000 secondary students to participate in
District, Region/State and All-State Festivals in Band, Choir, Orchestra
Music Teachers Association (PMTA)
Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) is a state affiliate
of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), serving independent