As 2019 comes to an end, it is important to look back and reflect on the hard work and accomplishments of the PYSO students thus far, as well as prepare for an exciting and busy year ahead in 2020. 

Starting on September 8th, PYSO students spent every Sunday evening rehearsing and preparing for the concert in December. In those three months, great progress was made, culminating in a fantastic performance at Heinz Hall. 


In October PYSO hosted a mini-college fair with representatives from Juilliard School, Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, and Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. Also in October, Alum Pooja Tripathi visited a rehearsal and gave the students an early screening of her new web series Amsterdam Ave, and discussed how the artistic skills learned in PYSO can give students the tools to involve art and performance in their adult lives and careers. To watch Amsterdam Ave, visit


On December 8th, PYSO students had their first concert of the season at Heinz Hall. The program started with Mendelsohn’s Hebrides Overture, followed by Britten’s Four Sea Interludes. The concert evening concluded with a seldom performed but most challenging (even for professional orchestras) and beautiful of Dvorak’s works, the Symphony No. 7. As the last chord resonated in the hall, the audience members leaped to their feet with “bravos!” and thunderous applause for such an impressive achievement!.  We also kicked off our Fundraiser for the 2020 Tour to the Baltics and Scandinavia. To learn more about the fundraiser, check out this page.


There is a lot to look forward to in 2020!

On January 6th information regarding auditions for NEW members will be posted to the website.On January 12th, the PYSO Concerto Competition will be held for CURRENT members, of which the first place winner will perform their piece with their fellow members on the Heinz Hall stage at the May 9th concert!

Concerts in 2020 Include:

  • Music in a Great Space at Shadyside Presbyterian, January 19th at 3:30pm. Program includes Mozart’s Regina Coeli with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh as well as Dvorak’s Symphony No.7. No tickets are necessary for admission; donations appreciated.
  • Tiffany Concert Series at Calvary United Methodis Church, Sunday March 22nd at 4pm. The concert will feature small Ensembles and Chamber Music Groups.   
  • Free Concert at Heinz Hall, May 9th at 2pm. The program will include Sibelius’s Finlandia, Copland’s Four Dances From Rodeo, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and the winner of the PYSO Concerto Competition also performs!

Look for updates and more information about upcoming shows by visiting our Concerts and Tickets page. 

On June 14th PYSO begins their international adventure to the Baltics and Scandinavia visiting four countries and performing in four cities: Helsinki/Finland, Tallinn/Estonia, Riga/Latvia and Stockholm/Sweden! Learn more about our exciting tour by visiting our tour page.


What an exciting and busy year ahead! Many thanks to the PYSO students, parents, Board of Directors and staff for making 2019 such a success. We look forward to continuing as well as celebrating our 75th anniversary in 2020!


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