How to apply

Each contestant will submit an application signed by teacher and parent/guardian. Each applicant will be notified of the audition and will perform for a panel of judges. 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 30, 2019  at 7:30 pm at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater.

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. 

Application DeadlineSaturday, November 3, 2018 (postmark)

Download the 2018-2019 application form HERE. The application fee is $35.

Competition Audition - Sunday, November 18, 2018  at the Coleman Music Studios

1373 McLaughlin Run Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15241


The 2018-2019 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.

Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra ​​Young Artists Competition