Concerto Competition Winner Announced!

William Wang, a freshman at North Allegheny Intermediate High School, has won first place in the 2016 Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra. He will be a featured performer at the orchestra’s spring concert, Spring is in the Air, scheduled for performances March 11 at Butler County Community College’s Succop Theater and at Mt. Alvernia’s Scotus Hall on March 12.

Starting violin lessons at the age of 8, William, now 14, is currently studying with Ms. Monique Mead. He also is an accomplished pianist. In 2012, he won 2nd place at the Duquesne Young Artists National Competition for violin, as well as being selected into the final round of the WQED Musical Kids contest twice, once for violin, in 2012 and once for piano, in 2013. In 2015, he performed a violin duet with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra at their “Perfect Pitch” concert and won the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition. Aside from violin, William is a passionate basketball player, and was a member of his school basketball team in 8th grade. He also enjoys playing and watching all types of sports in his free time.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to high school musicians performing on harp, strings, brass, or woodwinds. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 19 and must be residents of Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Washington, or Westmoreland counties. All applicants are required to submit a CD recording of one movement of a standard concerto to the Philharmonic. Finalists selected then appear in person before an Audition Panel and that group selects the winner of the competition.

Now in its 40th season, The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra. Approximately 70 musicians from [...]

Pittsburgh Philharmonic Spring Concert Shines

The March 20 and 21 concerts of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic feature the orchestra performing some of Ludwig van Beethoven’s greatest works, the Overture to Fidelio and his iconic Fifth Symphony. Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera and when it premiered in 1805 it was an overwhelming flop. As with some of his other works, he struggled with it, and for this piece dropped one entire act and actually wrote four different overtures before audiences of his day gave it rousing approval. It is the fourth overture that the Philharmonic will perform and today it is one of the most recognized and popular overtures in all of opera.

Also on the March program, “A Time to Shine”, is Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which opens with what just might be the most memorable four notes in all of music. Most people who hear that opening, even if they don’t have a musical clue about anything classical, know that Beethoven put those notes together. And that happens in just the first few seconds of the Fifth. More than 200 years and tens of thousands of performances later, the Fifth Symphony still ranks among the best of Beethoven. And, one of the best in the world.

Finally, appearing with the Philharmonic and given their opportunity to shine, will be the winners of the orchestra’s annual Young Artist Concerto Competition and Young Composer Competition. Winners, who are 19 years of age or younger, are selected in February by a panel of judges consisting of music educators and professional musicians, following a series of tryouts. The winners receive a scholarship and the Concerto Competition winner will perform with the orchestra on the 20th and 21st.

The March 20 performance will be at Butler County Community College’s Succop Theater. [...]

ArtsDOG — Help the Phil!

Arts Day of Giving, affectionately called ArtsDOG, is an 18-hour opportunity for arts lovers to donate online to their favorite arts and culture nonprofits and have their contributions partially matched, making your dollars go further.

Arts Day of Giving is Thursday October 2, 2014 from 6:00am until midnight.
People give by going online to and selecting the organization(s) they want to contribute to.
Donations can be as little as $15 for Arts Day of Giving.
Arts Day of Giving is sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation.


Philharmonic to Premier Local Composer’s Work Featuring Local Park

FOR RELEASE: September 20, 2014
CONTACT: Mary Louise Fowkes (412-977-7079) or Curt Miller (412-931-0216)

He’s been commissioned to write and compose such diverse music as pieces highlighting Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the opening of the School of Music at CMU, and the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Mark Stanley Fromm’s most recent work, Frick Gates, highlights the four stone gatehouses of the city’s largest public park, all designed by the same famous architect who designed the Jefferson Memorial, John Russell Pope. Frick Gates will be premiered by the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra on October 10 and 11.

Fromm’s works have won numerous awards and been performed in New York City, Nashville, London, Bangkok, Ottawa, and elsewhere worldwide. As a musician he plays bassoon, baritone saxophone “and occasionally other instruments.” He is a graduate of CMU (BFA), McGill University (MMus) and the University of Pittsburgh (PhD).

Also featured on the Philharmonic’s October program is Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, a piece heard in the soundtracks of several popular movies, including a brief airing in the 1984 film Amadeus. The piece features a solo violin performance by Juan Jaramillo and a solo viola performance by Jason Hohn. Mr. Jaramillo is first violinist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera, and is also the Principal Second for the Wheeling Symphony. A man of multiple musical talents and tastes he has shared the stage with such international artists as Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Chris Botti, Bernadette Peters, Vince Gill, The Moody Blues, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ray Price, Mannheim Steamroller, The Manhattan Transfer, and Marvin Hamlisch.

Jason Hohn performs regularly with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summerfest, and the Wheeling Symphony and [...]

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