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Pittsburgh Music Organizations

Pittsburgh Directories

  • Allegheny Regional Asset District - RAD
    The mission of RAD is to support and finance regional assets in the areas of libraries, parks and recreation, cultural, sports and civic facilities and programs. The District receives one-half of the proceeds from the 1% Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax and the other half is paid directly to the County and municipal governments by the State Treasurer. Check the list of "Who we Fund" to find music organizations.
  • The Pittsburgh City Paper
    The Pittsburgh City Paper is a free weekly - both print and online - with up-to-date arts and entertainment events listings. The website features blogs, local angles on the news, feature articles on local and visiting artists and local theatrical productions as well as music event listings by genre. Local acts and artists can get a listing for their upcoming shows for free.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
    The Council whose members include over 100 local arts organizations aims to make the arts including music central to the lives of individuals by expanding the reach, influence and effectiveness of the region's diverse cultural community. An events calendar, ticket sales and arts advocacy activities are a few examples of their ongoing programs. The city's chapters of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Business Volunteers for the Arts are also located here. Check the list of members for music organizations.
  • Pittsburgh is Art
    Pittsburgh is ART is a collaboration of local arts organizations to showcase the superior cultural activity in Western Pennsylvania.
  • "The Roboto Board"
    Often called "The Roboto Board" because of its former association with the Mr. Roboto Project community show space, this message board is the place for Pittsburgh's underground music scene to announce shows and discuss anything else of interest.
 

Pittsburgh Organizations

  • Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh
    The Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh is a group dedicated to bringing wind chamber music to the greater Pittsburgh community. Primarily a wind quintet, the group also regularly performs trios, quartets, and larger works.
  • The Afro-American Music Institute
    An active educational and performance center for all age groups including seniors.
  • Alia Musica
    An organization of contemporary classical music composers. Created in 2006 by eleven young composers, it has a regular season of intimate chamber performances and large-scale concerts.
  • Allegheny Brass Band
    An ensemble of 30 of the best brass players in southwestern Pennsylvania that plays a variety of music styles during a regular concert series in the Greater Pittsburgh area between late fall and early spring of each year.
  • American Guild of Organists, Pittsburgh Chapter
    • Organ Artist Series
      The Organ Artist Series (OAS) Committee of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) is dedicated to promoting the performance, recognition and appreciation of organ music as an art form by bringing to Pittsburgh many of the world's foremost organists.
  • American Recorder Society, Pittsburgh Chapter
    A membership organization open to players of recorder and other early music instruments at all skill levels.
  • The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
    A large concert choir of approximately 100 singers that performs major choral works by many composers, from Renaissance to Contemporary.
  • Butler County Symphony Orchestra
    A community orchestra presenting six concerts per season.
  • Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
    Calliope is a nonprofit educational and presenting organization that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied arts.
  • Carnegie Mellon School of Music
    Includes calendar of their recitals and concerts.
  • The Children's Festival Chorus
    A Pittsburgh area chorus open to children 8 and older which rehearses at Duquesne University and includes 134 children from 70 schools and 5 counties.
  • Community Band South
    Community Band South provides an opportunity and place for former high school and college band members to continue to play. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings in the Upper St. Clair Band Room from 7:30PM to 9:30PM
  • Coro Latinoamericano de Pittsburgh
    Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Coro Latinoamericano (Latinamerican Choir) is a singing group of 25 men and women committed to "uniting the Americas" through a closer understanding of Latinamerican music and culture. Members represent various countries of North, Central and South America.
  • Creative Life Support
    A nonprofit child of Mr. Smalls Funhouse whose mission is to bring advanced technologies & opportunities in media arts to the hands of aspiring artists & creative professionals.
  • Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music
    Includes information on performance by their various music ensembles.
  • East Winds Symphonic Band
    Based in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, the East Winds Symphonic Band performs a variety of music arranged for concert band, including symphonies, marches and popular melodies. Read more about this band in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
    A high quality, non-professional orchestra, presenting standard "Top 40" classical music to the eastern communities.
  • Father Ryan Arts Center
    Offers classes in dance, music and theater in McKees Rocks.
  • Garfield Artworks
    Garfield Artworks is an art and performance space for indie rock, experimental, punk, noise and other underground music forms. The website also provides information on concerts at other venues booked by Manny Theiner, a local promoter for over 20 years.
  • Greater Harmony
    Greater Harmony Chorus is a dynamic A capella women’s chorus that teaches the art of vocal harmony, provides outstanding musical entertainment throughout the Pittsburgh area, and offers unlimited opportunities for personal growth.
  • Guitar Society of Fine Art
    Guitar Society of Fine Art is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to presenting guitar music of the finest quality, and to extending awareness and appreciation of the fine art of music through educational and community outreach programs and service.
  • The Heinz Chapel Choir
    The University of Pittsburgh's premiere a cappella group which performs a broad repertoire that ranges from the music of the Renaissance to jazz, and everything in between.
  • InAcchord
    A mixed vocal acappella ensemble of 9 singers
  • IonSound Project
    IonSound Project is an instrumental sextet (flutist Peggy Yoo, clarinetist Kathleen Costello, violinist Laura Motchalov, cellist Elisa Kohanski, pianist Rob Frankenberry and percussionist Eliseo Rael) which seeks to add to Pittsburgh's cultural life by programming innovative concerts, commissioning works of new music, collaborating with other artists in a variety of disciplines, and exploring the boundaries between concert and popular music.
  • Jazz Workshop, Inc
    A nonprofit organization established in 1973 by accomplished musician and social worker Harold Young, Sr. and provides free jazz music lessons to more than 200 inner city children and adults yearly.
  • Kente Arts Alliance
    Kente Arts Alliance is an African American arts organization whose mission is to present high-quality art of the African Diaspora.
  • The Lincoln Park Community Orchestra
    An orchestra composed of adult and advanced high school musicians who enjoy playing classical and lighter arrangements for standard symphonic orchestral instruments. The group practices at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pa., on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM. For more information contact lparkorchestra@aol.com
  • (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild) MCG Jazz
    MCG Jazz’s mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. Through their performances they strengthen the long time Pittsburgh jazz community and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the region
  • McKeesport Symphony Orchestra
    provides activities and programs including full-orchestra concerts at McKeesport High School, Kane Hospital, and Renziehausen Park, chamber music recitals, school programs, symphony chorus and youth chorus, student chair programs and young artists' competition
  • Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
    The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh has been delighting audiences with its musical artistry for over 100 years. Founded in 1908, The Mendelssohn is renowned for its versatility of repertoire, including oratorio, symphonic, opera, Broadway and folk music. The Choir, comprised of more than 100 volunteer singers and a 20-voice professional core, is under the direction of Betsy Burleigh. As choir of choice of the internationally-acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony, The Mendelssohn appears regularly on the Symphony's subscription and Pops series at Heinz Hall.
  • Microscopic Opera
    The Microscopic Opera seeks to create innovative, thoughtful and cutting edge performances of contemporary chamber opera, featuring emerging and professional young musicians in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Music on the Edge
    Contemporary music concerts from outstanding visiting artists.
  • North Suburban Symphonic Band
    An organization of professional and amateur musicians, encompassing brass, woodwinds, and percussion, based in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
  • Opera Theater Summerfest
    Formerly Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. The "other" opera. Opera Theater Summerfest was founded as a professional company featuring emerging singers and dedicated to education and audience development. It performs in outreach to children and high school audiences, concentrates on presenting much neglected, smaller early works and American operas, and provides an opportunity and serves as a base for aspiring professional singers.
  • Pittsburgh Area Theater Organ Society (PATOS)
    PATOS is devoted to the preservation of theatre pipe organs and the music they create.
  • Pittsburgh Banjo Club
    The Pittsburgh Banjo Club is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the encouragement and preservation of the banjo, America’s Native Instrument. It has over 100 members, including banjos, trumpets, tubas, and bass, and its repertoire consists of sing-alongs, vocals, banjo solos, music from the ’20s and ’30s, polkas and Dixieland.
  • Pittsburgh Camerata
    A chamber choir of selectively chosen singers who perform both sacred and secular choral music.
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
    sponsors world-class chamber music performances
  • Pittsburgh CLO (Civic Light Opera)
    producing the magic of live musical theater for Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region!
  • Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra
    The PCO, established in 1958, has over 60 volunteer musicians who are dedicated to providing quality music at a reasonable cost to the families of Southwest Pennsylvania. The orchestra performs five concerts each season in the Upper St. Clair High School Theater.
  • Pittsburgh Compline Choir
    Founded in 1988, the Pittsburgh Compline Choir sings the ancient “Prayer at the Close of the Day” service each Sunday during the academic year at 8:00 PM in the candlelit beauty of Heinz Chapel. The auditioned mixed voice ensemble is comprised of professional musicians, clergy, students and lay people from throughout the region.
  • Pittsburgh Concert Chorale
    The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale is an 85-member ensemble of volunteer singers from all over the greater Pittsburgh area that practices in the North Hills. The group provides a three-program season of varied music each year, including a Christmas program, major classical work with orchestra, and a pops program with prominent local jazz artists.
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
    The Pittsburgh Concert Society encourages music in Pittsburgh by discovering and assisting the development of musicians living, or receiving their musical education, in the Pittsburgh area. The Pittsburgh Concert Society presents musicians in formal concerts and offers them scholarships and honoraria.
  • Pittsburgh Flute Club
    The Pittsburgh Flute Club exists to sponsor and promote musical productions and recitals featuring the flute, and to encourage flute education and instruction.
  • The Pittsburgh Historical Music Society
    The Pittsburgh Historical Music Society was founded in 2010 as a way to promote and expand the performance of music on historical instruments.
  • Pittsburgh Horn Club
    A club for horn players founded in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra horn section as a community outreach endeavor. They get together in a casual atmosphere to play horn ensemble music, learn from each other, socialize, and put on the occasional performance.
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra
    The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, founded by Nathan Davis and directed by Sean Jones, is the resident orchestra of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
  • Pittsburgh Mandolin Society
    Pittsburgh has the largest mandolin orchestra in the United States and provides many performance opportunities for mandolinists. While the history of mandolin groups in Pittsburgh goes back to the 1890's, the current group was founded in 2002.
  • Pittsburgh Musical Theater
    Formerly Gargaro Productions, a company presenting quality musical theater with a mission to educate youth. Also includes information on the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory which provides training in dance, acting, voice and musical theater studies.
  • Pittsburgh Musicians' Union
    Local 60-471 of the American Federation of Musicians with over 1,000 members who perform in the Pittsburgh Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras, Civic Light Opera and many more groups throughout the Tri-State area. Offers free referral service available to the public for single musicians and groups of all sizes.
  • Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
    The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is one of the nation's oldest professional ensembles devoted to the music of our time. The group places a particular focus on setting musical works in a unique context utilizing film, drama, and other theatrical media.
  • Pittsburgh Opera
    Includes information on the current season
  • Pittsburgh Philharmonic
    The Pittsburgh Philharmonic, a 60-member symphony orchestra in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, offers new and original performances in community settings. The orchestra performs 10 to 15 concerts per year, comprised of a classical season and a summer pops series.
  • Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association
    The Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association includes both private teachers and those who serve as instructors in schools and colleges in the Pittsburgh area. PPTA is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers' Association (PTMA).
  • Pittsburgh Savoyards
    a non-profit community theater organization dedicated to performing the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
  • Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle
    The Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle is an independent program of Calliope: the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, dedicated to exploring, promoting and practicing the art and craft of songwriting.
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
    See what Pittsburgh's major symphony is playing this season
  • Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra
    The Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra is a group of young talented musicians ages 13 to 21, playing string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano and harp in a chamber orchestra setting.
  • Pittsburgh Youth Pops Orchestra
    Pittsburgh Youth Pops Orchestra is Western Pennsylvanias only independent youth pops orchestra. PYPO provides an opportunity for dedicated young musicians, from the greater Pittsburgh area, regardless of economic status, to perform a varied repertoire of classics, movie themes, Broadway show tunes, marches and contemporary favorites.
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra
    The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is nationally recognized as one of the top youth orchestras in the United States. It is comprised of 90 young musicians up to and including college age, selected by way of competitive auditions. The PYSO presents free concerts at Heinz Hall, Carnegie Music Hall and outreach locations.
  • Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh
    R&B brings the best early music performers from all over the world to Pittsburgh to perform the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early Classical periods.
  • Renaissance City Choirs
    The Renaissance City Choir (RCC) is a non-profit organization working to culturally enrich audiences through choral music while educating them about the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) community. The members of the Renaissance City Men’s Choir (formed 1985), and the Renaissance City Women’s Choir (founded 1995), have raised their voices to create change through the power of music.
  • Renaissance City Winds
    One of Pennsylvania's foremost chamber ensembles
  • River City Brass Band
    The leading concert band in the United States today, the River City Brass Band is comprised of 28 professional musicians and has been entertaining audiences since 1982.
  • Royal Tribe Music
    Royal Tribe Music is a non-profit organization established to promote the musical performing arts targeting At-Risk, socially and economically disadvantaged youth that are talented.
  • Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Sweet Adelines Int'l
    a superior, dynamic women's chorus which strives for musical excellence within a friendly atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
  • South Hills Children's Choir
    The South Hills Children's Choir is a non-profit community choir for children from all walks of life and ages 7-15.
  • South Hills Chorale
    The South Hills Chorale provides an opportunity for adults to develop and share their choral talents by performing professional-quality concerts throughout Western Pennsylvania for conventions, meetings, community events, and facilities serving seniors and infirm persons.
  • South Hills Junior Orchestra
    The South Hills Junior Orchestra is a non-profit metropolitan Pittsburgh youth symphony orchestra formed in 1983 to provide an orchestral playing experience for students age eight through high school.
  • Steel City Harmonizers
    The Steel City Harmonizers are a male, a cappella, four-part harmony singing group and the Pittsburgh Metro Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA).
  • Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania
    The Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the music of the piano, providing performance opportunities for young pianists, a scholarship competition for collegiate pianists, and a performance series dedicated to regional and national artists.
  • Sweet Adelines International - Lake Erie Region #17
    Sweet Adelines International is a non-profit organization promoting the artform of acappella singing, barbershop style. In existence over 50 years, the organization is divided into regions. The award-winning Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus (and their 7 quartets!) are part of Lake Erie Region #17.
  • Three Rivers Chorus of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
    A member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
  • Three Rivers Young People's Orchestras
    Youth members play in a professional atmosphere with challenging repertoire. Coaching sessions with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians.
  • Tri-County Choir Institute
    A group of four choirs (The Children's Choir, The Choraleers, The Teen Chorale and the Village Singers) under the direction of Linda Wallace.
  • Tuesday Musical Club
    Performance opportunities at all levels -- solo and ensemble; Education -- coaching sessions and workshops for instrumental, vocal and composition; Opportunities to have your composed music performed; Community outreach -- performances at local senior residences; Scholarships for college music students from the Pittsburgh area
  • UMOJA African Arts Company
    UMOJA is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of African culture through the public performance of authentic traditional and neo-traditional music, dancing, and storytelling, and through demonstrations and educational lectures and workshops in African heritage, culture, and arts.
  • Undercroft Opera
    The vision of Undercroft Opera is to provide Pittsburgh Area singers and exceptional vocal students with an artistic outlet and a greater sense of community, while giving Pittsburgh audience members the opportunity to discover and experience the operatic talent that is literally in their own backyard!
  • The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music
    In their events section you can find out about performances by their various ensembles.
  • Washington Symphony Orchestra
    New orchestra provides Greater Washington area (Southwestern Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia) musicians the opportunity to play pops, light classical, and classical music in a full symphony orchestra.
  • West Hills Symphonic Band
    An organization of professional and amateur musicians based in the West Hills of Pittsburgh.
  • Westmoreland Choral Society
    The Westmoreland Choral Society is an 80 member community chorus located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
    The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents classical music concerts throughout the Westmoreland region.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
    The PCA, founded in 1966, is a state agency in the Office of the Governor, whose mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)
    Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is an affiliate of the 65,000 member Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and a service organization to music education in the Commonwealth. PMEA provides opportunities each year for more than 12,000 secondary students to participate in District, Region/State and All-State Festivals in Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz.
  • Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA)
    Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) is a state affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), serving independent music teachers.
  • Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT)
    The purpose of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) is to increase opportunities for professional Pennsylvania-based performing artists to obtain successful touring engagements. Created as a unique public/private partnership administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, PennPAT continues to garner funding and guidance from its four founding partners: Vira I. Heinz Endowment, William Penn Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Pew Charitable Trusts.