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Lifelong learning


Celebrating 30 seasons of sharing the joy of music with young people in Pittsburgh. 

The Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is many things – the largest youth orchestra in the Pittsburgh region, an organization with five year round ensembles and various performance opportunities – but at it's core, PYPO is a place where young musicians come to thrive. Each season, PYPO presents three major performances, community outreach concerts, summer camps, chamber ensembles, an annual Concerto Competition, and Student Conductor Competition.

Our musicians significantly improve their individual performance as well as ensemble skills, while developing discipline and leadership that carry into their life experiences, school and community. The students who comprise PYPO are from over thirty-six school districts, numerous private schools and home schooled musicians throughout the Tri-State area. PYPO is proud to serve over 500 students annually.

Why PYPO? 

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow, learn, and meet other musicians – while having the time of your life? Keep reading to see why Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is the place for you. 

1 / PYPO is fun!

The quality of the musical education we provide is high, and the level of fun is even higher. That's what makes PYPO special - we know that the environment in which learning takes place makes all the difference. 

2 / PYPO builds leadership skills

Our students learn about the value of leadership week after week in rehearsals with our amazing educators. They return to their schools after PYPO rehearsals being leaders, mentors and guides for other budding musicians.

3 / PYPO cultivates creativity

A PYPO education is not necessarily training just for a musical career–it is training for a creative life. Music inspires curiosity and creativity in all of us, and our students experience firsthand the heart and joy behind that process, guided by our amazing conductors.


Rehearsal Location

PYPO Ensembles rehearse weekly on Saturday at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School. 

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