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

PYSO now with Music Director Earl Lee

Thank you for visiting the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (new) website! We hope you enjoy perusing the pages and seeing our newest feature: In the News, which includes short articles submitted by current PYSO musicians and past members (like you!) It only takes a few minutes to write up a short paragraph of what you’ve been doing these past few years and sending 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!

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

We’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the Alumni who joined us for our Season Finale concert at Heinz Hall on May 5, 2019. They are pictured below playing side-by-side our current members with Maestro Earl Lee conducting Arturo Marquez’ rhythmically exciting Danzon No. 2.

The alumni who joined us spanned five decades and one came all the way from California! Some of the memories shared are:

Ahmer’e Blackman (Cello 2011-2014) Summer 2014 Tour.

Jeffrey Borrebach (Cello 2003-2007) European concert tour.

Margaret Caballero (Violin 2014 to 2017)

Christopher Corbett (Clarinet 2015-2018) Having the opportunity to conduct Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony in rehearsal and play bass clarinet in An American in Paris and West Side Story.

Tom Earley (Percussion 1982-1985) PYSO Performance at 1982 Worlds Fair in Knoxville TN

Emerson Hepburn (Violin 2013-2014)European tour 2014.

Evan Hertrick (Bassoon, Saxophone 2003-2005) Our trip to eastern Europe, playing the alto saxophone solo in Pictures of an Exhibition….Loved Prague.

Marissa Kolarosky (Viola 2011 to 2012)

Kathryn Younger Lee (Viola but played Violin while in PYSO 1969-1970) Playing beautiful music with accomplished young musicians inspired me to continue my career as a musician.

Nicole Lennartz (Violin 2011-2014) Tour to Prague, Salzburg and Vienna.

Paul Matz (Bass 2014)

Bridget Meacham Kowalski (Cello 1998-2002) Pines of Rome at National Youth Orchestra Festival. Jeffrey Howell as Beethoven.

Ian Michel (Bass 1998-2000) Performing at Carnegie Music Hall

Jacinta Roberts (Viola 2013-2016)Touring Europe in the summer of 2014!

Naomi Sarchet (Double Bass 2005 to 2008) China Tour 2008.

Mariam Shalaby (Violin 2014 to 2016) Forgetting a pencil and having a wonderful friend save the day with an extra – or being that wonderful friend!

Rachel Silverstein (French Horn 2010-2013)The 2011 trip to Italy.

Alexis Trbovich (Viola 2011-2013) The European tour was amazing! I also loved the Music for the Spirit Festival; it was amazing to play under the baton of Maestro Honeck.

Jonah Trout (Bass Trombone 2013-2014) Mahler’s “Totenfeier” in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria.

Reed Ulery (French Horn 2015-2017) Our 2017 summer tour to Spain!

Jon Zellhart (Trumpet 1999-2007) All of them!

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