A New Model for the Performing Arts

Artistic Excellence at Affordable Prices

The mission of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society is to engage our community in a life more beautiful through the shared experience and transformative impact of chamber music. We present an annual season of 50 concerts by world-renowned artists—all for just $30 per ticket or less—and 50 education programs to train and inspire young people. We also serve audiences by providing high-quality service, community partnerships, and a welcoming concert environment.


Opening Doors to Great Music

"The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has taken the lead as the city's constant reminder that it's all about artists and repertoire. In fact, without a single concession, the scale and quality of the series is unlike anything else in the country."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Our Society was created so that leading international artists could share their talents each season in Philadelphia and be enjoyed by all audiences. Our roster features eminent string quartets, master pianists, great string recitalists, art song, woodwind artists, early music, new music, guitarists, and special programming.

Founded by Anthony Checchia in 1986, PCMS has presented more than 1,500 concerts, including 65 commissions and world premieres. A Resident Company of the Kimmel Center, we hold concerts at the Perelman Theater, in collaboration with the American Philosophical Society, and other cultural institutions.

A Commitment to Sound Management


PCMS is committed to sound, cost-effective management. We present our season of more than 100 concerts and educational programs on a total budget of $1.5 million and with a staff of just nine. Our success results from the exceptional musicians who perform for us, our caring and involved audience, a devoted staff and board, and the generous annual support of friends who share our artistic and community goals.

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