The Pittsburgh Concert Society (PCS) promotes the finest Pittsburgh based classical musicians, all selected by adjudicators of national stature, providing each winner with a formal recital opportunity as well as a financial award.

Founded in 1943, the PCS is a non-profit, equal opportunity organization. All artists appearing on the PCS programs must live or study within a 75-mile radius of Pittsburgh. To insure fairness and impartiality of the selection process, PCS auditions are adjudicated by invited musicians from outside the Pittsburgh area.

The PCS is proud of its history and its contribution to the arts in the Pittsburgh area. It is an organization of dedicated officers and board members, all volunteers, consistently working to maintain the highest possible level of talent in their concert presentations.

Major Auditions

The Major Auditions, held each spring, are judged by nationally known adjudicators, including deans and faculty of leading schools of music. Candidates audition anonymously and are judged solely on the level of their performance and the quality of their program. Six Major winners are presented in three concerts, generally during September, October, and November.

Major Auditions are open to all candidates who are eighteen (18) years or older who meet the PCS program and living area requirements. Each winner receives an award of $1500 from the William and Eleanor Benswanger Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Homer Wickline and Conrad Seamen Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Young Artists Auditions

The Young Artists Auditions are held in March and are also judged by nationally known adjudicators. Instrumentalists must be under the age of 19, vocalists under 22 by June 30 of the audition year, and must live or study within a 75-mile radius of Pittsburgh.

Young Artists Winners are presented in concerts, in March and April. Each winner of the Young Artists Auditions receives a $600 award from the Benjamin and Anna Perlow Scholarships Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, designated for the furtherance of his/her music studies.

Alumni Concert

The annual June Alumni Concert features “return performances” by former Pittsburgh Concert Society winners who have achieved distinguished careers in the field of music.

Outreach Performances

In addition to its formal concert activity, the Pittsburgh Concert Society reaches out into the community. Outstanding artists are invited to perform in venues throughout the city, with a special emphasis on reaching young people. These performances are arranged by the officers of the Society, working in close collaboration with other local arts organizations.


Viola Byrgerson Lundin
Kathryn Brose Reubens


Joan Zelkowicz, President
Antoinette H. Tuma, First Vice President
Margaret Ross Mehl, Second Vice President
Robert Kanters, Treasurer
Dennis Bossick, Recording Secretary
Heidi Russman, Corresponding Secretary

Board of Directors

James Cunningham
Marina Di Pretoro Lupinacci
Elizabeth Etter
Fern Faigen
Barbara Hepner
Rochelle Klein
Hanna Wu Li
Luz Manriquez
Tim Marquette
Dimitri Papadimitriou
Natalie Phillips
Riccardo Schulz
Paula Tuttle

Associate Board Member

Shirley Barasch
L. Mark Carver
Thomas Critchfield
Patricia Prattis Jennings
Robert Schultz
Henry Spinelli

Past Presidents

William E. Benswanger *
Clayton Brennman *
James W. Crowford *
Oscar Demmler *
William Eakin
Dr. Robert F. Egan *
Irving Faigen *
Dr. Casper Koch *
Earl A. McCabe, Jr.*
J. Knox Milligan *
Mrs. David Murdoch *
Joseph E. O’Brien *
Paul G. Sullivan *
Earl Truxell *

* Deceased

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