We envision a world with great music in every life, and we share great music as often as we can with programs that spark, inspire and celebrate!
We shared great music with many people of all ages during the 2015-2016 season.
In 2015-2016, the orchestra performed
20 Education & Community Engagement concerts at Heinz Hall.
Individual musicians and ensembles also presented
82 Education & Community Engagement events at locations throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Through all of these programs, we worked to achieve the Education & Community Engagement Department mission of engaging individuals in experiences of the highest artistic and educational quality to create informed, enduring and evolving connections to music and to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
SPARK! Concerts and programs designed to spark a love of music.
INSPIRE! Concerts and programs designed to inspire further learning and deeper engagement with music.
CELEBRATE! Concerts and programs designed to celebrate the power, joy, healing and emotional support of music and community.
more than 65,000 participants.
These programs collectively reached
FIDDLESTICKS FAMILY CONCERTS PRESENTED BY MACY'S
More than 4,200 patrons attended three concerts introducing children ages 3-8 to the world of symphonic music.
More than 530 people, including many first-time patrons, celebrated their "Heroes and Inspirations" with the orchestra.
"I like to hear the PSO because you can hear all the instruments and it gives different emotions. Music can be happy or sad, and it's fun to hear that with a very talented symphony orchestra." - Young Patron
"I have 12 grandkids. The oldest one is 25. We came when she was four years old. We've been coming here for 21 years because of the opportunity to hear one of the best orchestras in the world and gain appreciation for music. They all enjoy it." - Patron
Watch "Five Reasons to See Fiddlesticks" to hear why more of our patrons enjoy Fiddlesticks Family Concerts at the Pittsburgh Symphony.
"The pre-concert activities were wonderful, the volunteers were caring and the performance was spectacular. The conductor was fantastic, along with all the special guests. Thank you to the PSO for providing such a wonderful experience for children and adults with disabilities/sensitivities and their families/caretakers." - Patron
See how much fun patrons had engaging in the activities and performance with our event video.
"Thank you for organizing the Heroes and Inspirations Concert. It was absolutely wonderful. . . It was lovely, and the featured songwriters and singers were so, so moving. We also really enjoyed the pre-concert activities. I wish we would have come even earlier to spend more time there! Thank you for providing a day that was a blessing to so many." - Patron
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN FUNDED, IN PART, BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE JACK BUNCHER FOUNDATION AND PIRATES CHARITIES.
More than 20,000 2nd, 4th and 6th graders learned about symphonic music and the instruments of the orchestra at Heinz Hall.
More than 5,800 people attended fun, interactive experiences designed for children ages 3-6.
"I liked how it captured interest in some of my students who are otherwise uninterested in learning. I liked how it inspired my students to continue to learn about instruments and the orchestra after we returned to school." - Teacher
More than 80% of teachers responding to post-concert surveys observed their students sharing new knowledge in classroom discussions or assignments in the week after attending a Schooltime Concert.
Hear what students learned at our recent Fourth Grade Schooltime Concert, "Mozart: Child Genius."
"I am so thankful that our students have the opportunity to experience the PSO Tiny Tots Concerts every year! It is wonderful to expose children to cultural experiences, and I am grateful that Tiny Tots offers this to our students, many of whom would not get the opportunity otherwise. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!" - Teacher
"My students love music, perhaps because it's an appropriate mode of expression for them. They love getting ready for a trip to Heinz Hall, love being there and love talking about how special the music and musicians were. The best part of the trip is being greeted at the door!" - Teacher
100% of teachers and parents surveyed after performances believed PNC Tiny Tots Concerts were valuable and enriching experiences for the children in their party.
Kraft Heinz Audience of the Future
EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians
Did you know that every year the Pittsburgh Symphony partners with the OSHER Institute to offer Unlocking the Classics, a lecture series that provides an insider's view of upcoming concerts to approximately 200 lifelong learners at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh?
KRAFT HEINZ AUDIENCE OF THE FUTURE
54 students from 10 schools and youth orchestras planned and implemented a Pittsburgh Symphony concert.
55 students in grades 9-12 performed alongside the orchestra on the stage of Heinz Hall.
"I have gained skills in networking, learning to work with others and the knowledge of how it feels to complete a real world job." - Student
100% of students responding to post-concert surveys gained knowledge or skills through the program, and more than 65% used their new knowledge or skills in classes or extracurricular activities during the course of the school year.
Discover how participating students go behind-the-scenes at the orchestra to craft a unique concert experience for audiences.
"It was an amazing experience to be able to play with the talented musicians of the PSO. As students, we look up to professionals as role models and heroes. To play with them and learn from them has motivated me to work harder and always improve." - Student
Hear how students and musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony enjoy having the opportunity to connect with one another through music.
More than 93% of students taking post-concert surveys believed they grew as musicians through their participation in EQT Student Side-By-Side.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
More than 3,700 PreK-12 students attended programs featuring Pittsburgh Symphony musicians at their schools.
One young musician received extensive pre-professional training in preparation for an orchestral career.
"My 4th grade classes have spent a large portion of the school year learning about the instruments and their families. It was wonderful for them to see the cellos in action. That’s much more fun than looking at a picture and listening to a CD." - Teacher
100% of teachers responding to post-visit surveys said visits enhanced students' musical knowledge, gave students a greater appreciation of classical music and inspired students by giving them the opportunity to hear and interact with a professional musician.
Learn some of the reasons why teachers and students have appreciated seeing Pittsburgh Symphony musicians in their classrooms over the years.
EQT ORCHESTRA TRAINING PROGRAM FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICIANS (OTPAAM)
"The best part of being in OTPAAM was just being able to play with the Pittsburgh Symphony and getting a chance to do week in and week out what I would need to do on a professional basis." - Torrell Moss,
2015-2017 OTPAAM Fellow
Discover how OTPAAM has helped Torrell and Adedeji grow as musicians.
Previous fellows Adedeji Ogunfolu (2013-2015) and Ryan Murphy (2011-2013) won full-time orchestra jobs with the San Antonio Symphony while participating in OTPAAM.
Approximately 1,100 patrons attended "An American Celebration: In Honor of Our Service Men & Women."
Approximately 250 people attended a concert supporting the Wilkinsburg School District's music programs.
"We have so many veterans in Allegheny County, and I think this is a great way to support them and perhaps to provide healing/solace for some." - Patron
95% of patrons taking post-concert surveys would attend another veterans-themed Pittsburgh Symphony performance, and more than 92% became more interested in seeing a concert at Heinz Hall after watching the orchestra perform at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.
"I love the music that was programmed - especially 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,' the Ellington medley, and the Copland pieces. And I was happy that the vets, their families and immigrants who have become citizens were all recognized." - Patron
WILKINSBURG COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CONCERT
"Having the PSO here is wonderful cultural enrichment/outreach to this community as well as to the music programs established at the elementary and high school levels . . . This community is very blessed to have such a performance performed here . . . I've attended several or almost every one and wouldn't miss them." - Patron
Discover how the Wilkinsburg School District has used the proceeds from this annual concert to provide equipment and educational opportunities for public school students over the years.
Over the past 13 years, Wilkinsburg Community Engagement Concerts have raised over $75,000 for the Wilkinsburg School District.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE, IN PART, BY:
Approximately 590 individuals explored the intersection of music and wellness in healthcare facilities and yoga classes.
More than 2,000 people saw musicians of the symphony perform six concerts in five neighborhoods in five days.
"The PSO is a world-class organization, and it gives our patients the chance to experience music that they may never ever have had the chance or get the chance to experience again. They get to hear world-class music right in the hospital. . . I think it’s incredible to be able to offer this to our patients and families and even our staff, because every staff person that walks past the musicians is stopping and listening and clapping."
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Music Therapist
Veterans surveyed after a Music & Wellness session said the music made them feel relaxed, peaceful, comfortable, better, contemplative, delighted, great, privileged and super.
Visit wellness.pittsburghsymphony.org to find blogs, handbooks, videos and other resources supporting the use of music to enhance health and wellness.
"I love the symphony. We are so fortunate to have this symphony in Pittsburgh!" - Patron
See how members of the community responded to seeing musicians perform at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Schenley Plaza, Rex Theater, Market Square, the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at Hill House's Kaufmann Center and Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.
97% of audience members surveyed were more interested in seeing a concert at Heinz Hall after attending a Neighborhood Week event.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to thank the many generous individuals whose gifts in support of Education & Community Engagement programming cannot be recognized here due to space limitations.
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We hope you will join us for more programs that spark, inspire and celebrate! Visit our website or Facebook page to learn how you can get involved in 2016-2017.
American Eagle Outfitters
Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
C.S. McKee, L.P.
Dollar Bank Foundation
Eat’n Park Restaurants
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
First National Bank of Pennsylvania
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
The Kraft Heinz Company
Lincoln Learning Solutions
Michael Baker Corporation
MSA Safety Incorporated/MSA Company Charitable
Nordson Corporation Foundation
P.J. Dick, Trumball & Lindy Paving
Triangle Tech Group
Trib Total Media
TriState Capital Bank
United States Steel Corporation
UPMC & UPMC Health Plan
Allen H. Berkman and Selma W. Berkman
The Almira Foundation
Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of The Buhl
The Jack Buncher Foundation
Anne L. and George H. Clapp Charitable and
Peter C. Dozzi Family Foundation
The Fine Foundation
The Grable Foundation
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for
May Emma Hoyt Foundation
Milton G. Hulme Charitable Foundation
Roy F. Johns Family Foundation
Robert & Louise Kahn Fund for Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra Schooltime Concerts
Thomas Marshall Foundation
McKinney Charitable Foundation
Martha Mack Lewis Foundation
Massey Charitable Trust
Howard and Nell E. Miller Foundation
A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust
W. I. Patterson Charitable Foundation
William Christopher and Mary Laughlin
Robinson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Ryan Memorial Foundation
Salvitti Family Foundation
Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust
Allegheny Regional Asset District
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Pennsylvania Department of Community and
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