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PYPO's mission is to educate, train, and foster a lifelong love of music for young Pittsburgh musicians.

The foundation of our curriculum is to develop the musicianship of all our students.  We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work—the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making, and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity—are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise. 

Music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any human experience.  Our orchestra is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, covering our time's principal musical movements.  Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and student leadership, our curriculum covers a variety of influential styles in orchestral music and various levels accessible to all students.

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.

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