How to apply

Each contestant will submit an application signed by their teacher and parent/guardian.  Each applicant will be notified of the audition time after Wednesday November 13, 2019 and will perform for a panel of judges at the Harry Coleman Music Studios on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Up to three finalists will be chosen to perform. Finalists may receive a modest monetary honorarium. The decision of the judges is final. The performance date with the orchestra is SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper St. Clair High School Theater, with a dress rehearsal Friday March 27, 2020.

Instrumentalists should perform from memory either the first movement of any standard concerto OR both the second and third movements OR a standard piece from solo literature that can be performed with orchestral accompaniment. Vocalists are required to perform from memory two contrasting songs or arias from different stylist periods. 

Pianists or instrumentalists up through their senior year in high school and vocalists through age 21 are eligible. Applicants must live within a 50 mile radius of Pittsburgh.  Prior winners are not eligible to compete. For more information, please contact the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra at 412-977-7817 or

Auditions will be held at Coleman Music Studios
1373 McLaughlin Run Rd. Pittsburgh, PA (Upper St. Clair) 15241
Sunday November 24, 2019

Click the button to open and download the 2019-2020 application form. The application fee is $35.

Application Deadline------------------------ Wednesday November 13, 2019 (postmarked)
Competition Audition----------------------- Sunday, November 24, 2019
PCO Young Artist Concert----------------- Saturday, March 28, 2020


The 2019-2020 Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Solo Competition 

Co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra

and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association- Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
The competition is designed to offer an opportunity to outstanding young musicians to perform live in concert with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra.