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Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras [TRYPO]

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Symphony Orchestras


Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras provide music education and performance opportunities to inspire and enrich the lives of young people.

Results: We have had over 2,000 alumni come through our program since our inception in 1974. We are pleased to be a part of the education of Pittsburgh's musically talented youth.

Programs: We have two ensembles: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO) a full symphonic orchestra for high school aged students; and Symphonette, a string orchestra for middle school and early high school students. Conductors are John Wilcox and Andrew Wickesberg. Students receive monthly coachings from Pittsburgh Symphony members and other local free-lancing and teaching professionals. New this year, TRYPO is in residence at City Music Center at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son's music teacher encouraged him to audition for Symphonette, and that audition led to three years of rewarding musical education. He participated in both Symphonette and the YPO. He was privileged to learn from professional musicians who were also dedicated and generous teachers. TRYPO gave him the opportunity to learn more advanced pieces than he was learning in school, helping him to grow as a musician. TRYPO made it possible for him to attend performances of musical legends. We would recommend TRYPO to any young musician in the greater Pittsburgh area.


Client Served

Rating: 4

Our son joined this youth orchestra this year...but he joined under duress. He had zero interest in giving up time almost every single Saturday to practice with the orchestra. His viola teacher made him a secret deal...try it for one semester then he can quit if he doesn't like it. Well we didn't need to wait that long to see his decision. The very first weekend they had an overnight retreat and he came home psyched, happy, tired, and proudly bragging how many hours he had played his instrument in 2 days! Thanksgiving weekend was the first weekend off from practice and that day, despite having fun with visiting cousins, he told me he really missed not having TRYPO practice. The semester ended and he headed straight into the next with no discussion - and he's decided to play with them next year too, and he has convinced several friends to audition too. He loves everything about being a part of TRYPO - the other musicians, the conductor and staff, and the high level of playing from the orchestra. Thank you TRYPO for a wonderful, enriching experience for our son!

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation