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 www.pghphil.org.