Pacific Musical Society
For over 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 TchaikovskyCompetition 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 Annual Competition
The Society holds annual competitions for instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers in various age categories. The judges for thesecompetitions 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 Finals Competition which precedes it, are twoof the exciting events that make Pacific Musical Society membership especially rewarding. Membership Activities
The Society provides music lovers numerous opportunities to participate in beautifully choreographed activities and events. The annualWinter Gala dinner and concert in the Gold Room of the Fairmont Hotel, featuring celebrated musicians, is an elegant tradition, and theSociety 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 broadspectrum of people who enjoy classical music and are passionate about supporting young musical talent. The unique success of theSociety in furthering musical talent is due, in no small measure, to its volunteers. Their dedication and interest have never waned fromits inception and continue in the same spirit with its current membership.