The Society’s aim is to encourage the advancement of young musicians by providing scholarships for their music educations. We enable this mission by raising funds through membership dues, donations from foundations and donors, and by holding social events that serve as fundraisers.
About Pacific Musical Society
For more than a century Pacific
Musical Society has enjoyed the art
of great performers at its events and nurtured the growth of gifted
young artists through its scholarship competitions.
Founded in 1910, as a new San Francisco was rising from the ruins of earthquake and fire, the Society is the oldest active musical organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. It predates the Symphony, the Opera, and the San Francisco Ballet.
In 1919 the Society’s Junior Auxiliary was created to assist young students in their musical careers with scholarship awards presented each year on a competitive basis.
Beginning with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the first scholarship winner, and continuing to recognize young artists like cellists Matt Haimovitz and Joseph Lee, the Society has consistently supported outstanding musical talent.
Along the way, a Wagnerian tenor (Jess Thomas); a Tchaikovsky Competition Laureate (pianist Roy Bogas); a Queen Elizabeth Competition winner (pianist Leon Fleisher); a Leventritt International Violin Competition winner (David Abel); a Pulitzer Prize winning composer (David Del Tredici); famous child prodigies (violinist Ruggiero Ricci, pianist Ruth Slenczynska); and a journalist, presidential staff member and U.S. Senator (pianist Pierre Salinger) have won Pacific Musical Society scholarship awards.
The Society holds annual competitions for instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers in various age categories. The judges for these competitions are culled from the Bay Area’s noted musicians and teachers. The results are announced at a public concert held each June, in which the winners perform and prizes are awarded. This afternoon of music, and the Competition Finals that precede it, are two of the exciting events that make Pacific Musical Society membership especially rewarding.
The Society provides music lovers numerous opportunities to participate in beautifully choreographed activities and events. The annual Winter Gala dinner and concert in the Gold Room of the Fairmont Hotel, featuring celebrated musicians, is an elegant tradition, and the Society also presents several other special programs for its members each year.
A special benefit of membership is the opportunity to attend all phases of the competitions at no charge.
Membership represents a broad spectrum of people who enjoy classical music and are passionate about supporting young musical talent. The unique success of the Society in furthering musical talent is due, in no small measure, to its volunteers. Their dedication and interest have never waned from its inception and continue in the same spirit with its current membership.
a Member of Pacific Musical Society
The Society is enthusiastic about furthering the talent of young artists because it believes that a person born with a gift for making music should be encouraged to develop his or her talents to the highest possible degree, thereby enriching the lives of others, as well as their own.