In 2005, Kathryn Barnard established the Oakland Girls Choir to provide an opportunity for girls of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to experience the joy of singing in community through a comprehensive choral training program.  Since then, the choir has expanded, and additional choirs were added to meet the demand of girls who wanted to learn to sing in a choral setting.  In 2009, with funding from The McCreery Fund of the Buhl Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Barnard started an outreach program to Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg and Angel’s Place on the North Side to teach co-ed after-school and preschool programs.   Barnard saw a need in the Pittsburgh community for more choral music education, particularly for young people.

Because of these outreach programs, and the accompanying vision, Oakland Girls Choir became The Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts (PSCA) in September of 2011.  Since then, PSCA has added a Women’s Choir, Level 1 Training Choir for boys, and looks forward to increasing programs and musical opportunities.