Community Stories

Community Stories: Joe Bailey

Community Stories: Joe Bailey

Psalm 100 instructs readers to “Make a joyful noise unto the lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra board member Joe Bailey takes that instruction to heart. “I sing whenever I am asked,” Bailey […]

Community Stories: Terri Baltimore

Community Stories: Terri Baltimore

One of Terri Baltimore’s favorite memories of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra doesn’t involve music. In fact, it was the absence of music that made the moment so special. Baltimore, who is director of neighborhood engagement at the Hill House Association, recalls a community concert with […]

Community Stories Blog: Kory Antonacci

Community Stories Blog: Kory Antonacci

Words can fail us. It can sometimes feel impossible to articulate the depths of the emotions we are feeling. Children facing life-threatening illnesses, trying to process what is happening to them, can face an even greater challenge. And that’s where Kory Antonacci comes in. A […]

Community Stories Blog: Ann Donahue

Community Stories Blog: Ann Donahue

With eight children and 35 (and one more on the way!) grandchildren – plus a sprawling extended family with whom she is very close, Ann Donahue (pronounced Done-a-WHO) may not seem like someone who has much “spare time.” Indeed, Donahue cites faith and family as […]

Community Stories Blog: Millie Ryan

Community Stories Blog: Millie Ryan

Moments as magnificent as experiencing a symphony are not possible without people as magnificent as Millie Ryan. Ryan, current vice president of fund development and orchestra appreciation co-chair for the Pittsburgh Symphony Association (PSA), a volunteer organization committed to the support of the Pittsburgh Symphony […]

Community Stories: Marcel Walker

Community Stories: Marcel Walker

In June 2011, Marcel Walker attended a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert conducted by John Williams. He was enveloped by a sound that represented his own childhood and artistic journey, conducted by a personal hero. It was the accessibility of the orchestral sound of John Williams […]

Community Stories: David Katz

Community Stories: David Katz

For the past 22 years, David Katz has taken his 12 grandchildren to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series. The tradition began in 1994, two years after Fiddlesticks’ debut, when Katz’s eldest granddaughter was four. A lover of classical music and a lifelong fan […]

Community Stories: Jimmy Cunningham IV

Community Stories: Jimmy Cunningham IV

Not many 17-year-olds can say they have toured Europe with the National Youth Symphony Orchestra; not many 17-year-olds frequently play in the lobby or on the stage of Heinz Hall; and not many 17-year-olds look to musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for career mentorship. […]

Community Stories: Lois Clark

Community Stories: Lois Clark

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series of blog posts from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra highlighting members of the Pittsburgh community and why they value their relationship with the orchestra. We will post these stories once a month at blogs.pittsburghsymphony.org/community-stories.  A month after the […]


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