PCMS strives to foster an appreciation for chamber music in the Pittsburgh community by offering several educational programs.
Poco a Poco
In collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School, PCMS administers Poco a Poco, an educational strings program that provides the Charter School students with stringed instruments, CDs, instruction in playing their instruments, and exposure to chamber music. Select students in the fourth and fifth grades receive coachings as chamber music ensembles.
New in 2012, City Music Center of Duquesne University has donated scholarships for three of the Poco a Poco students to receive private instrument instruction and music classes. We are very excited for these selected students and thank City Music Center for their generosity!
Thank you to our Poco a Poco supporters:
City Music Center of Duquesne University
Burl J. F. Moone III
Mr. & Mrs. J. Leroy Myers
The Grable Foundation
Susan & Timothy Vismor
Leon & Sena C. Zinn
Robert C. Smith Fund and the Betsy R. Clark Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation
Edison & Ruth M. Montgomery Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation
Virginia McKee for Poor Fund through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee
Montgomery Fellowship Quartet
Each season PCMS sponsors the Montgomery Fellowship Quartet, a string quartet of high school age students selected through an audition process administered and judged by the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. The quartet receives a year’s coaching in chamber music with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Jeremy Black, and complimentary tickets to all of our concerts, performance opportunities, and occasional master classes with visiting chamber music ensembles. The 2013-2014 Montgomery Fellowship Quartet is comprised of violinists Julie Choe (grade 11, Wexford) and Jessica Mattson (grade 12, Gibsonia), violist Olivia Hilal (grade 12, Pittsburgh), and cellist Amanda Vosburgh (grade 11, Pittsburgh).
The Montgomery Fellowship Quartet receives a chamber music coaching from the Pacifica Quartet in December 2012.
Prior to each concert, PCMS features youth, student, and local ensembles performing in the Grand Foyer of Carnegie Music Hall. These free recitals give the performers valuable performance experience and the opportunity to gain exposure to PCMS's audience.