Our mission is what makes us different from other orchestras


The mission of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic is to present the highest quality orchestral performances throughout Pennsylvania. More than half of these performances will take place in schools directly benefiting students in underserved rural and urban areas outside the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Additional public Classical and Pops programs are performed in multiple communities around the state sharing unique accessible concert experiences with audiences of all ages.

Pennsylvanians now have at least three great orchestras of note, the great Philadelphia Orchestra under the unique Yannick, the excellent Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck...and now the Pennsylvania Philharmonic under Michael Butterman bringing music to the People rather than the other way around.
— Penn Square Post