About the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra


The mission of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is to teach and inspire excellence through orchestral training, to perform in premier venues, and to cultivate audiences for classical music.

PYSO members bring a sense of amazement and excitement about classical music to diverse audiences-young and old, novice and seasoned. Through their impressive performances, dedication, and commitment they also serve as role-models for aspiring younger musicians and students. Through their demanding tours in the U.S. and internationally, they have become outstanding cultural ambassadors of the Pittsburgh Region, Pennsylvania, and the United States.


The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) is one of the city’s cultural treasures.  It is one of the oldest youth orchestras in the country, and one of the most advanced. PYSO cultivates in its members discipline, fine musicianship and an overall appreciation for excellence.

  • PYSO was founded in 1945 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities and the finest orchestral training for young musicians in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
  • Is an independent youth orchestra in all governing, administrative and financial matters.
  • Has made Heinz Hall (home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra ) its home since the hall in opened in 1971.

Many PYSO alumni have won positions in major symphony orchestras at home and abroad, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and our own Pittsburgh Symphony, to name a few.  Others have gone on to very successful solo and chamber music careers, as well as important teaching positions at colleges, universities, public and private schools, and private studios. Those who have not chosen careers in music will undoubtedly cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the arts and become the audience members of the future.


In addition to our orchestra program, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras (TRYPO) and City Music Center of Duquesne University (CMC) in Youth Chamber Connection (YC2) that provides chamber music training to talented, young musicians in the tri-state area while engaging in outreach performances in the community that benefit many thousands of people.

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