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Pittsburgh Music Academy Chamber Orchestra PMACO




The Pittsburgh Music Academy Chamber Orchestra is a string orchestra designed to

  • provide a high quality ensemble experience to students unable to commit to the Pittsburgh area full season youth orchestras
  • provide additional experience to those currently playing in orchestras
  • expose newcomers to the excitement of string orchestra music
  • enrich all!  PMACO is open to violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists, PMA students or otherwise!  

PMACO is conducted by Craig Madge.  James, a past student at Boyce Middle School, says, "Mr. Madge is all about the kids.  He always wanted us to have fun playing music.  We were happy to learn new things.  He just understood what we needed."  Parents find his patience admirable and appreciate his positive attitude.  

PMACO members are generally in middle school, but we welcome older and younger students to participate as long as the student successfully passes the audition.  On occasion, accommodations are made to further challenge or support the needs of the individual student.  

Our musical selections for 2018 will include movements from the Baroque period, Classical period, and a piece to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Leonard Bernstein.  It will surely excite players and audience members!


An audition is required for admittance into PMACO.  Auditions will be scheduled for January 6 and 7, 2018.  SIGN UP FOR YOUR AUDITION BY CLICKING HERE.  Potential members should prepare:

  1. A scale of your choice.  To have success in our program, you should be familiar with many key signatures and positions.
  2. A solo of your choice.  The minimum ability required equivalent to Suzuki Book 3. 
  3. Students will be asked to sight read to demonstrate reading ability.


Rehearsals will be held at Unity Presbyterian Church, PMA's Greentree Home, 1146 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15220 on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm on the following dates:

  • January 21, 28
  • February 4 (earlier time tba for superbowl), 11, 18, 25

The concert will be a part of a larger program including many ensembles on Sunday, March 4, beginning at 2:00 pm at Unity Presbyterian Church.  


PMA students $75

NON PMA students $100

Attendance is expected at all rehearsals and the performance.  Please discuss any potential absences in advance with the Academy Director.  Missing services could jeopardize your opportunity to be included.


Send us an email! OR CALL 412-344-1114

Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, February 9 - Collaborative Piano and Concerto Workshops
Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7 - Chamber Music Intensive Camp
Why choose PMA?

The cornerstone of our school is the conviction that every child can,with careful teaching and parental support, become a successful musician able to make music a part of his or her life. We believe music study will enrich their lives through appreciation of beauty, development of disciplined work habits, and increased self-esteem.