2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition!

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic invites applications from high school musicians performing on harp, strings, brass, or woodwinds. Applicants must be residents of Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Washington, or Westmoreland Counties.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition winner will be invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic in their  March concerts and will receive a $250 scholarship.


Applications Due January 15, 2018

2018 Concerto Competition Announcement and Application


  1. Applicants will be harp, string, brass, or woodwind high school instrumentalists 14 – 19 years old.
  2. Applicants will be full time residents of Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Washington or Westmoreland Counties.
  3. The Pittsburgh Philharmonic reserves the right to determine eligibility.

Competition Information

  1. The applicant will record on good quality clearly marked audio CD one movement of a standard concerto, not to exceed 10 minutes. The recording may be accompanied or unaccompanied. Please be sure your recording can be reviewed on Windows Media Player or iTunes.
  2. In lieu of a CD contestants may also upload their performance to YouTube. Be sure your recording can be reviewed on the Internet before sending in your application.
  3. Applicants will send the recording, a completed, signed application, and a non-refundable $25.00 application check to: The Pittsburgh Philharmonic c/o John Ott 91 N. Jackson Ave. Apt. 3 Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Please make checks payable to “The Pittsburgh Philharmonic.” Applications due January 15, 2018
  4. The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Audition Panel will consist of highly qualified music educators and professional musicians.
  5. Finalists will be notified by January 20, 2018.
  6. Finalists will audition in person for the Audition Panel on Saturday afternoon, February 3, 2018.
  7. All decisions of the Audition Panel will be final. The winner will be notified by February 5, 2018.

Finalist Audition Information

  1. Finalists will perform from memory the concerto movement and an additional work of contrasting style not to exceed five minutes.
  2. Finalists must provide an accompanist for the audition. A piano will be provided.
  3. Finalists must use original manuscripts and provide three (3) copies of the concerto movement for use by the Audition Panel during auditions.
  4. The concerto movement must have an orchestral accompaniment available from a major publishing company.
  5. All decisions of the Audition Panel will be final.
  6. The Audition Panel may declare no winner if expected criteria needed to perform with an orchestra are not met.
  7. Finalists will be notified of the decision of the Audition Panel by February 5, 2018.

Competition Winner Information

  1. The Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner will receive a $250.00 scholarship.
  2. The competition winner will provide a short biography and publicity photo for use in the program and media outlets.
  3. The competition winner will be available for rehearsals with the orchestra on Monday evenings in March.
  4. Performances will be held at Butler County Community College and Mt. Alvernia’s Scotus Hall.
  5. The Young Artist Competition Winner will receive two complimentary tickets to each of the performances.


The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra. The Philharmonic is committed to the creative expression of great music played passionately, with core traditions of education, affordability and accessibility. The Philharmonic has approximately 70 members, ranging in age from 15 to 80, and hailing from throughout the tri-state area. Numerous musicians have been members for over 20 years, including several from the orchestras earliest days (formally The North Pittsburgh Civic Symphony and The North Pittsburgh Philharmonic). The musicians of The Pittsburgh Philharmonic, though volunteers, have notable credentials. Many teach music or play professionally, have advanced degrees in music, and are active members of the Pittsburgh music scene. All have talents that inspire others, like the hundreds of young people who have experienced our educational programs.


We hope you will take advantage of this educational performance opportunity with the Philharmonic.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Philharmonic by email or phone at 412-223-7501.