• Instrumental Music Department

  • The Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Instrumental Music Department has long been known for the highest standards of performance, scholarship, creativity, and teaching. Our illustrious roster of alumni is a testament to a legacy that began over 30 years ago. This legacy continues today through the fostering of young musicians within a supportive and rigorous learning community.

    Students, faculty, and community engage daily in a lively study of music across genres. With a legendary pre-college and pre-professional training program, CAPA 6-12 music students are challenged to make their superb musicianship and scholarship matter.

    We take seriously the role of music in cultural traditions, embracing diversity, not just ethnic, but intellectual and aesthetic, as well. We know how vital music is for our civilization, and take responsibility for sustaining that vitality. Be it delving into music entrepreneurship, emerging as an arts advocate, initiating collaborative projects, or taking a hard look at what music will sound like in the future, this is a place where music as a public art is part of the ethos.

  • Female student in classroom playing violin


    Instrumental Music Department Chair
    Email: bblack2@pghschools.org
    Office Phone: 412-529-6112

    For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Magnet Office at 412-529-3991 or magnetoffice@pghschools.org 


    ■ Schedule allows students to engage in as many as six periods of orchestra and four additional periods a week of various jazz, contemporary, and classic ensembles.
    ■ Partnerships with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.