PYSO then…
seen here in 1947 on the stage
of Carnegie Music Hall
in Oakland.

PYSO now with Music Director Earl Lee

Over the last 75 years of its existence, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra has affected and shaped hundreds of alumni, who have gone on to bring their unique creative qualities to communities all over the world. Many of our alum have gone on to professional music careers in major symphony orchestras while others have been successful in myriad ways, all continuing to support classical music through their dedication and talent.

If you’re looking for some of your fellow PYSO friends here are a few lists that may help you find them:

This season we had the pleasure of hosting a college discussion panel, made up of 13 recent PYSO alum who each represented different undergraduate institutions, individually sharing a multitude of helpful insights. A Beyond the Notes session was also hosted by PYSO alum Dr. Michael Tsang, who gave a presentation about injury management and prevention specifically for musicians. 

 

Check out our recent alumni stories below. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the form below with a short paragraph of what you’ve been doing these past few years and send it along with a picture. We want to hear from you!

Have you visited our PYSO Alumni Facebook page?  If not, now is a good time!

A Hopeful Message from a PYSO Alum

    We recently heard from Rob Harris, a PYSO alum and professional violinist who currently resides in Australia. Rob sent PYSO the following message before Sunday’s virtual concert, and...

PYSO’s 2020 Concerto Winners on WQED’s Performance in Pittsburgh Series

This Friday, March 5, Amanda Kengor (harp) and Katie Liu (piano), PYSO’s 2020 Concerto Competition winners’ will be featured on WQED Radio at 7 PM in their Performance in Pittsburgh Series! Last...

Update from a PYSO Alum

  Diani Shi, PSYO alum (2006-2009 and concertmaster in 2008-09!) has been busy! After PYSO she graduated from Princeton, then graduated from Harvard Medical School, and now is a resident physician...

Front Row: the PSO Virtual experience to feature PYSO Alum Hannah Ishizaki and Devin Moore

  This fall the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be releasing a 5-episode series, Front Row: The PSO Virtual Experience. Each episode will include music, history, and interviews aimed to connect...

PYSO Alum Andrew Griffin Appointed Viola Chair for Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway

  We recently heard from Andrew Griffin, who played viola with PYSO from 2003 to 2004. Andrew is currently playing viola for the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the...

College Discussion with PYSO Alum

  On Monday evening PYSO hosted a discussion with PYSO alumni about their unique academic and career plans after high school. Together, the alumni represented 13 different undergraduate...

PYSO Alumni and Amplified Currents, Festival of the Arts

  PYSO Alum Hannah Ishizaki (Violin 2013-2018) recently reached out to PYSO, to let students know about an upcoming arts festival she and her colleagues have organized, Amplified Currents.  The...

PYSO Alum Special Beyond the Notes Guest!

For this week’s Beyond the Notes session, PYSO was joined by Michael Tsang, who not only holds a PhD. in Physical Therapy but is also a PYSO alum! Dr. Tsang played piano in PYSO...

Alumni Daniel Orsen Debut Recording – Arpeggione Sonata

PYSO Alum and Violist Daniel Orsen is releasing his debut recording of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, in collaboration with pianist Pierre-Nicolas Colombat on Wednesday, September 2nd.  It will...

Alum Spotlight: Mary Ann Ivan

  A day at the office for Mary Ann Ivan.   We recently heard from alum, Mary Ann Ivan, who was a percussionist with PYSO from 1982 to1983. Since then she has had a career as a Broadway pit...

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