The PMO is an organization that is open to all members of the community interested in playing any of the instruments of the mandolin family, as well as the acoustic guitar, bass, and rhythm instruments. The orchestra plays written arrangements of varying styles and difficulty requiring an ability to read music. The PMO is committed to a teaching mission and the development of new talent from within the organization thus anyone interested in seriously pursuing music as an avocation is encouraged to join and get involved from the ground up.
Currently the PMO has approximately 40 members with a wide range of musical experience and knowledge. The diverse interests of the group has led to the spawning of offshoot groups dedicated to specific repertoire such as classical, bluegrass, Irish and jazz. The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra rehearses every Monday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland in McCandless, PA.