Neva has concertized throughout the United States, in Japan, Canada, and Europe; has soloed with such orchestras as the Chicago, Syracuse, Brooklyn, Clarion, and New York Philharmonic; and has performed over 25 operatic roles with companies in the United States and Europe.
Pilgrim has appeared at festivals such as Marlboro, Tanglewood, Chautauqua, Ravinia, and the Saratoga Baroque Festival. She has recorded for CRI, Desto, Orion, Spectrum, and Musical Heritage, Master Musicians, Opus One, Leonarda, and other labels. As a founding member of the Syracuse Society for New Music, she was awarded the 1994 Laurel Leaf Award. Pilgrim has received numerous awards and grants for her performances and services to the field.