seen here in 1947 on the stage of Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
at Heinz Hall
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 an infinite number of ways, all continuing to support classical music through their dedication and talent.
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Mary Ann Ivan
Alumni Blog Posts
TOO MANY ZOOS, featuring PYSO Alumnus, comes to Pittsburgh!
Baritone saxophonist Leo Pellegrino (PYSO Clarinet 2006-09) and his group TOO MANY ZOOZ come to Pittsburgh on May 5th to headline at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale. For the full story about Leo and Too Many Zooz’ national and international musical prowess visit:...
PYSO almnus Devin Moore and the Isidore String Quartet perform at Chamber Music Pittsburgh Main Stage Series
Congratulations to PSYO alumnus Devin Moore and his Isidore String Quartet for a fabulous performance last night with Chamber Music Pittsburgh Main Stage Series Live at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. The program featured: Haydn’s String Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20,...
PYSO Alumnus honored by Hildegard Commission
PYSO Alumnus Hannah Ishizaki (violin 2013-18) was very recently one of five winners named to the Hildegard Commission’s National Sawdust Mentorship Initiative (generously made possible by the Onassis Foundation and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation). The...
PYSO Memories from Alumnus Richard Heffler (Clarinet, 1969-1972)
We recently heard from Alumnus Richard Heffler (Clarinet, 1969 to 1972)! Richard is a former private teacher of clarinet, flute, recorder, and piano who played, composed, and arranged for the United States Marine Band "The President's Own" in Washington, D.C. from...
PYSO Alum selected as newest member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra!
Daniel Orsen (Viola 2008-10) has been selected as one of the newest members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra! His first concert with the orchestra will feature him as a soloist on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Read more here:...