2020-2021 • 78th Season

Major Artist Auditions, with Video Submission

  • Online Application and instructions for the Video Audition Submission are provided below.

  • Applications will be accepted from March 2 until March 30, 2021. 

  • Auditions via Video Submission will be accepted from March 2 until March 30, 2021.

The Pittsburgh Concert Society (PCS) encourages applications and video-submitted auditions for highly-qualified classical musicians in the Major Artist categorie who live or study in the Pittsburgh area. Winners are provided live or virtual concert performance oppotrunities and financial support.

The auditions are by video submission made by the applicant, and are judged by an indepndent adjudicator from outside the area.

The adjudicator for the 2021 Major auditions is :

Thomas Novak, Vice President and Provost, New England Conservatory.

  • The online application is at the bottom of the page, and should be submitted before, and seperate from, your video submission.
  • Instructions for uploading the video for your audition are provided below.

Audition Requirements

  • Musicians must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • All applicants must live within a 75 mile radius of Pittsburgh. This requirement extends to every member of an ensemble that wishes to apply. Previous Major Artist winners are ineligible to audition again in the same solo instrument or ensemble category.
  • A candidate may not submit more than two applications in one given season, one as a soloist and one as a member of an ensemble.
  • Up to 40 qualified applicants will be accepted in the order their applications are received. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 must be included with the application. Applicants must submit and perform a program of approximately 30 minutes.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit programs that include works from at least two periods, and of varied and contrasting repertoire.
  • The program for all applicants must include a work by an American (USA) composer.
  • Singers must include selections in English and at least two other languages.
  • The program for any application by an ensemble must consist entirely of works written for the full ensemble. Such program may not include any works written for fewer performers than the full ensemble.
  • For an instrumentalist or singer with pianist to qualify as a duo, piano parts may not be orchestral reductions, piano arrangements or adaptations.
  • Solo applicants with collaborative pianists (accompanists) may include works with arranged piano parts or orchestral reductions (opera arias, movements from instrumental concertos, etc.) Applicants in this category may also program solo, unaccompanied works.
  • The PCS reserves the right to reject an application for inadequate program quality, for failure to meet the program requirements, or for any reason it determines that an applicant has not met the standards of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artist Auditions.
  • Applicants will be notified of any issues that may cause a submitted program to be rejected, and, time allowing, will be given the opportunity to submit a revised program.
  • If selected, winners must perform the exact same program that was submitted for their audition.
  • Applicants must provide their own pianist and page turner if needed. If a candidate is in need of a pianist, PCS may suggest, but not recommend, a list of pianists.
  • Audition instructions will be e-mailed to all candidates at the appropriate time. They will be emailed to the address given on the application form.

Instructions for uploading a video audition for the Pittsburgh Concert Society 2021 Major Auditions:

  • Please fill out the application form below, pay the application fee and upload your program. Once your application is accepted, you will be assigned a number that will be emailed to you and will be your identifier.
  • Create your video and name it with your audition number, not your name.
  • Only your audition number should appear on the list of pieces you are submitting.
  • Your video must contain all your audition submissions in one file.

          If you have your own Box Account, Google Drive or similar cloud-based service:

  • Upload your video to your personal storage site (Box Account, Google Drive, icloud etc).
  • Change the permissions to allow anyone with the link to access the file or files
  • Send the link to info@pittsburghconcertsociety.org

           If you do NOT have access to a Box Account,Google Drive, Icloud, etc.

  • Send an email to riccardo@cmu.edu to arrange a specific time to transfer your files directly (instructions will be provided)

            If you have additional questions, please contact the PCS by email: info@pittsburghconcertsociety.org


  • Winners receive a concert performance opportunity and an honorarium as outlined below.
  • Pandemic circumstances allowing, winning soloists and ensembles will perform their programs—two winners per recital—on one of three Major Artists Recitals scheduled for the following autumn.
  • Major Artist Audition winners receive an honorarium after their recital: $1,000 for a solo performer, $750 each for duo performers, $750 each for a trio, $750 each for a quartet, and a maximum of $3,000 for an entire group or ensemble larger than a quartet.
  • Winners of the Major Auditions will be contacted individually. The judges decision is final. Additionally the results will be posted on the News page of the PCS website.

Application Deadline

  • Video applications are accepted March 2nd until March 30th, 2021.

Major Artist Recital Dates:

Accompanist (if applicable)
Attach typed program (without applicant’s name). Each selection on the program is to be listed with full program details including title, key, opus number, movement(s), full name and dates of composer, and duration. PDF, DOC, DOCX or RTF file extensions are accepted. 4MB file size limit.

This application must be completed and submitted on or before the application deadline, along with a properly formatted program and a non-refundable fee* of $50.00 payable by credit card on this website. Applications will not be accepted until payment has been received.

* If you are wait-listed and do not get to audition, your fee will be refunded.

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