What’s updated & convenient for SHJO players?

Do you know all sections of this website?

To make it easy to find everything, the entire SHJO Handbook and registration form are on the website under "Resources" and submenu "Registration."

You will need to download, complete (please complete electronically for legibility!), sign where appropriate (both parent & musician must sign), and print a copy of the registration form and bring to the Managing Director on Saturday.

Also, you can pay your music donation fee ONLINE at the Registration link or just bring a check or credit card to a Saturday rehearsal.

Be sure to download and print lots of other "goodies," like:

Archives of educational enrichment and "Fox Firesides" are available under "Resources."

SHJO Spring 2019 Concert: May 19 at 3 p.m.

Selections from the following spring literature...

Rosamunde Overture, Opus 26, by Franz Schubert arranged by Vernon Leidig

A Handel Celebration, arranged by Merle J. Isaac

Warrior Legacy by Soon Hee Newbold

Pavane by Maurice Ravel, arranged by James D. Ployhar


Andrew Lloyd Webber: Symphonic Reflections arranged by Bruce Chase

Bacchanale from "Samson and Delilah" by C. Saint-Saens, arranged by Merle J. Issac

Battle Hymn of the Republic arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky

SHJO Makes Plans for 35th Season

Happy Birthday to
South Hills
Junior Orchestra!

The South Hills Junior Orchestra (SHJO) will open its 35th year of music-making Saturday, September 9, 2017 with weekly no-obligation, free-trial rehearsals from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Upper St. Clair High School (USCHS) Band Room.

SHJO is directed by an all-volunteer music staff led by retired public school teachers Paul Fox, Donna Fox and
David Levin. The Orchestra is nonprofit and non-competitive, and supports school string and band programs
throughout the Western Pennsylvania area. It is made possible in part by the Upper St. Clair School District,
professional music educators and community volunteers donating their services, and the SHJO Booster Organization.

In addition to supporting the educational ensembles, organizing the banquet, and funding of the gifts and
scholarships for the student instrumentalists, the SHJO Boosters Association, along with the players and music
directors, are proud of their long history of philanthropy and community service raising more than $30,000 for school district and local charities. In appreciation of 35-years of support in providing a home for SHJO, a“thank-you gift” will be presented to the Upper St. Clair School District on the June 24th concert.

For more information, please contact Managing Director Janet Vukotich at mdirector@shjo.org, call Paul or Donna Fox at 412-854-3459, or send an e-mail to paulkfox.usc@gmail.com.

Welcome David Levin!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Assistant Director, David Levin! We are excited to have David on our team. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will greatly benefit our members. 

David recently transferred from Maryland (retired in June 2014) with more than 35 years teaching instrumental music classes and ensembles for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). His assignments have included teaching numerous band ensembles, orchestras, jazz ensembles, and AP Music Theory classes. 

Most recently, David was the Director of Music Education for the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestras, as the liaison with education institutions, promoting PR efforts, coordinating audition adjudicators and sectional coaches, and assisting with setting audition standards and protocols. David served as Conductor with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) for 21 years; including six seasons as Director of Music Education and the MCYO Philharmonic Orchestra conductor.

For over two decades David played trumpet in the M Street Brass Quintet, an ensemble consisting of five local instrumental music teachers performing summer recitals and at various events throughout the year.

Thank you David for taking on this new adventure!

SHJO Music Director, Janet Vukotich Celebrated with Interview on NPR 90.5 WESA

We are proud of our Music Director Janet Vukotich who was featured in NPR 90.5 WSEA's "90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference." This segment highlights what a gift that Janet has been to SHJO for the last 14 years. As you listen to the interview, you will notice a common refrain, "I rasied my hand." Janet has over and over again volunteered to serve SHJO in new ways and her service has been priceless. Please check out the link below to listen to the audio interview (with full article) on NPR 90.5 WESA's website.


Upcoming Events & Our New Booster President

Hello everyone!

My name is John Yunghans. As you may have heard, I am the newly elected President of the SHJO Booster Organization. I wish to take a moment to introduce myself to you by email and say hello! I genuinely hope to meet you in person in the upcoming months, and I am excited to begin the 34th season of SHJO with you.

I hail from New England and made my way to Pittsburgh when I married my wife, Christina. She is an alumnus of SHJO and is a violinist. We are supporters of music and the arts in the schools as well as Pittsburgh’s cultural scene.

I would also like to make you aware of some details on a few upcoming events for orchestra members and families:

October 29, 12pm - 1pm: SHJO Halloween pizza party/spirits of the symphony haunted house,

Nov 5, 7pm: Performance at Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Lobby

Nov 13, 3pm: SHJO fall concert.

Dec 11, 2pm: SHJO holiday concert.

Ice cream social/family game night in Jan. Date TBA.

Thank you for your participation, and I am looking forward to a wonderful 34th season.

Warmest regards,
John Yunghans