The mission of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra is to provide a place where volunteer musicians may gather for the joy of playing classical music and perform for the benefit of the community.
It all started in 1958 when some amateur musicians formed an ensemble known as the Bethel Park Orchestra. The orchestra grew to almost 30 member when they decided to have a trained musician direct them. Harry Singer, a violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was chosen and his assistant was Oscar Demmler. Several orchestra members helped guide the orchestra to Carnegie and it was renamed the Carnegie Civic Symphony.
The first concert, in October of 1962, was a gala event at the Carnegie High School with KDKA announcer, Bob Tracey, as master of ceremonies.
In 1983 the group's name was changed to the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra in order to better reflect its membership and community
The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra has a history of outstanding music directors.
The musicians have enjoyed playing under the direction of young conductors who have gone on to distinguished careers: Richard Strange, conductor at Arizona State University and the Tempe Symphony, David Stock, Conductor Laureate of The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and one of America's premier composers, and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Symphony.
The PCO, now in its 56th season, is under the exciting leadership of direction of Warren Davidson.