Opportunity and Support
The Pittsburgh Concert Society provides a concert performance opportunity and financial support to talented classical musicians — an opportunity found in few American cities. The winning artists are chosen through auditions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, arranged by Pittsburgh Concert Society, and judged by an independent adjudicator from another area of the country.
Since in-person auditions are not possible under the present pandemic circumstances, all PCS auditions in 2021 will be via video submission.
Winning artists are chosen by audition in one of two categories:
Individuals or small ensembles, such as string quartet, piano trio, or percussion ensemble may audition.
Application Dates for Young Artist Auditions
Applications are accepted online February 1 to March 1, 2021
Application Dates for Major Auditions
Applications are accepted online March 2 to March 30, 2021
The Pittsburgh Concert Society reserves the right to limit the number of Young Artists applicants to the first 35 applications received and the Major Auditions applicants to the first 40 received. Additional applicants may be placed on a waitlist.
Audition dates, which vary from year to year, can be found on the actual auditions pages of the Young Artists and the Majors.
All applicants must live within a 75-mile radius of Pittsburgh.
Age Restrictions for Major Auditions:
Eighteen years and older.
Age Restrcitions for Young Artists (Instrumentalists):
19 years or younger as of June 30 of the year of audition.
Age Restrictions for Young Artists (Singers):
22 years or younger as of June 30 of the year of audition.
The program prepared for the audition is expected to be the same program for the concert.
A non-refundable application fee must be included with your audition application. The fee is $50 for Major Auditions, and $35 for Young Artist Auditions.