Events and Activities

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NOTE: We are beginning to schedule events after the lifting of Pandemic Restrictions. Check back here often to see what we have added to our schedule.

—for new members and guests – an explanation of activities and events—

Fall Membership Luncheon – September 13, 2022

One of two annual business meetings for the entire membership, this is usually held in September. This year’s event is Sept. 13, 2022. Details to come.

Fine Instrument Fund – Year Round

The Fine Instrument Fund (FIF), which was established in 1984, is a fund designated solely for the purchase of instruments for use by PSO musicians while under contract with the orchestra. In addition to generous donations, the FIF generates funds through 50/50 raffles at PSA events and the sale of commemorative cards, a distinctive way to acknowledge special events or as a memorial. Since 1988, the FI has purchased 22 instruments for the PSO.

Holiday Luncheon – December 6, 2022

This December 6, 2022 luncheon at the Duquesne Club and features shopping with numerous vendors, the Club’s renowned fare, and a performance by a group of PSO musicians. Save-the-date information is published well ahead of time in the Newsletter and the invitation with reservation and payment information appear shortly thereafter. Members know to quickly make reservations for this sell-out event.

House Calls – TBA

Our initial House Calls event was a Feb. 15 visit to the home of PSO Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen, and her husband, retired PSO Co-Principal Oboe James Gorton. Joining them were their daughter Heidi Bearcroft, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Harp, and Jeremy Black, PSO Principal Second Violin.. Jim Gorton hosted the program, during which the musicians talked about the many solo parts of Ein Heldenleben on the Feb. 18, 20 PSO Concert. Jeremy played the violin solo for this event; Gretchen and Heidi performed several harp duets. Gretchen performs on a Lyon Healy harp that the PSA Fine Instrument Fund purchased for PSO.

Spring Hat Luncheon – May 17, 2022

Tuesday, 11:00am – 2:00pm. Fox Chapel Golf Club . Details TBA.

Sweepstakes 2022

Sweepstakes is another PSA signature fundraiser. Indeed, the Sweepstakes logo is so well recognized by thousands of cultural arts supporters throughout the Pittsburgh area that it remains one of our largest fundraising events. A $5,000 cash prize is among the fabulous prizes at stake. Patrons campaign will conclude March 15. Sales of tickets will begin in April.

Symphony Splendor Garden Tour – June 2022

This tour of private gardens in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill debuted as our first new fundraising event in 2021 immediately after the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

Symphony Splendor Holiday House Tour – November 2022

Symphony Splendor 2022 has returned to launch the holidays with a too-merry-to-miss tour of a Millionaire’s Row mansion in Shadyside the weekend before Thanksgiving. An 1896 three-story posh abode that will be transformed into a Dickens-era fantasy, down to the tiniest detail with nary a humbug in sight . . . but with such exuberance that visitors will gasp in astonishment. Because the owners believe that, when it comes to Christmas, “too much is never enough!” Details to come.

Further information is available at or call 412-392-3303


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