Applications Available for Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Composer Contest

FOR RELEASE: August 24, 2014
CONTACT: Mary Louise Fowkes (412-977-7079) or Curt Miller (412-931-0216)

Applications are available online for the annual Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Composer Competition. The winner will have an opportunity to perform with the Philharmonic at the orchestra’s March 20 and 21 concerts and will also be awarded a cash prize. Competition is open to anyone living in Greater Pittsburgh Area who is 21 or younger at the time of the March performances.

Applicants are required to submit a score, a first violin part, an audio rendering of their work and a completed application following the specifications outlined in the Rules and Regulations. A $25 application fee is also required.

A panel of judges consisting of highly qualified music educators and professional musicians will select several finalists from all of the applications submitted. The panel will make its decision known in mid-January and all finalists will be notified. The finalists will audition in person for a reading of their work on February 16th and a winner will be selected.

Now in its 39th season, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra. Approximately 70 musicians from throughout the tri-state area, ranging in age from 15 to 80, perform great works of classical music at various venues in the region. Members of the orchestra include business executives, retirees, students, teachers, and other professionals, some who have been performing with the Philharmonic for over 20 years, several who teach or play music professionally, and some who have advanced music degrees.

Music director for the Philharmonic is Edward Leonard.

For more information about Pittsburgh Philharmonic, visit the website at

Welcome from the President

Welcome to the new online home of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic! We hope you find our redesigned website to be informative and easy to navigate.

The Philharmonic is celebrating our 38th year of providing quality classical music programs to the greater Pittsburgh area. We are comprised of community members from across the area who are united in our love of making music. We are always looking to grow our ranks, so please check out our Auditions section if you are interested in becoming a member.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions. I can be reached at If you want to stay informed about the latest Philharmonic news, please join our email list.

Thank you for your continued support of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. I hope to see you at our next concert.

Yours in great music,

Bridget Meacham
President, Pittsburgh Philharmonic

Pittsburgh Philharmonic announces 2013-2014 season

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic announced its 2013-2014 season, “Famous Finales”. As has become the standard for the Phil, the repertoire is varied in styles from Baroque to modern film scores. The programs (subject to change) are as follows.
Edward Leonard, conductor

Richard Wagner: Overture to Parsifal

Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Op.46 No.8 “Furiant”

Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (IV. Marche au supplice)

Arthur Sullivan: Overture to The Gondoliers

Alexandre Desplat and John Williams, arr. Brubaker: Suite from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Richard Rodgers, arr. Bennett: The Sound of Music (selection for Orchestra)

Igor Stravinsky: Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird (1919 Suite)
Pops program TBD
Edward Leonard, conductor

Johann Strauss II: Overture to Die Fledermaus

Amilcare Ponchielli: “Dance of the Hours” from La Gioconda

Leroy Anderson: Blue Tango

Emmanuel Chabrier: Habanera

Concerto Competition Winner (TBD)

Johann Strauss II: Emperor Waltz

Gabriel Fauré: Pavane

Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady Medley

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Edward Leonard, conductor
Thomas Octave, Anna Singer

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan

New Website Launches

After much planning and deliberation, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic is pleased to present our brand new website! Designed by Minor Keys Media owner Nina Sainato, herself a classically-trained musician, we hope the new site’s professional look and ease of navigation will bring people back again and again.

From the designer:
Welcome to the brand new online home of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic!  When approached to submit a proposal for this project, I was excited at the opportunity to get back to my roots as a classical musician and fuse that knowledge with my current skills as a web / graphic designer.  My goal was to give fans of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic a reason to visit the website other than finding a concert date.   In order to achieve this, I wanted to make the experience as user friendly as possible, with clean lines, large images, social media integration, commenting, and lots of designated space for updates and recaps that encourages user interaction.   I am proud and excited for the Philharmonic to launch the site this week, and welcome any feedback or suggestions as you all experience it for the first time!

A Welcome from the Conductor

On behalf of the orchestra, it is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to the 2013-2014 season of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic! It is truly an honor to be given the chance to lead the Phil for a third season with such an enthusiastic ensemble and terrific audience. To those of you that have supported us throughout the years I extend hearty thanks and to those of you that are joining us perhaps for the first time you’re in for a real treat! I am pleased to present to you a season of Famous Finales. The selections for this year are truly inspirational, action-packed and sure to please with concerts on Famous Last Words, your favorite Holiday Pops to round out the year, a conducting duel between Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra’s own Pablo Ardiles and myself in a Concert of Encores, and ending the year with the most famous finale of them all—Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Westmoreland Choral Society!

I hope you enjoy all of our season and look forward to seeing you at the symphony!

Edward Leonard
Principal Conductor