Our Artistic Director

As Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony and Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony, Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated each orchestra with innovative programming and a dedication to create and sustain enthusiastic audiences for classical music. In his continuing commitment to Greensburg and Westmoreland County, Mr. Meyer develops youth concerts for hundreds of area schoolchildren, appears as a regular guest on WQED-FM radio, and presents to local schools and civic clubs.

For the 2016-17 season, the 90th Anniversary of The Palace Theatre, he welcomes some of the finest artists in classical music, including Brandon Ridenour, Cicely Parnas, and Orion Weiss. The WSO’s 48th Season begins with a commemorative performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, performed in The Palace Theatre’s first year. The season ends with a gala performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony featuring members of the WSO Chamber Singers, Westmoreland Choral Society, and soloists from the Pittsburgh Opera.

This season, Mr. Meyer assumes a new role as Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University. As Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, he conducted a new CD recording titled The Asheville Symphony Sessions. This season, he will lead the second Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring a week-long residency and gala finale performance with violinist Midori.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Meyer’s appearances this season include a return to the Württembergische Philharmonie and a live radio broadcast with the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Nüremberg Symphoniker, Fresno Philharmonic, and West Virginia Symphony.

Mr. Meyer recently returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, and made acclaimed debuts with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Southwest Florida Orchestra. He also led the Indianapolis Symphony, the Neue Philharmonie in Germany, the Columbus Symphony, and led the Pittsburgh Ballet in a special performance of Swan Lake. His major summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Grand Teton music festival orchestras.

Formerly Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Mr. Meyer was awarded the Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education for his groundbreaking work with the PSO and has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. He also led two acclaimed international tours with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, one to Europe and one to China.

David Zinman awarded Mr. Meyer the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize in 2002, and invited him to return as Assistant Conductor and to lead a subscription performance at the Aspen Music Festival. A native of Cleveland, he studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He is a graduate of Denison University, where he recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Citation, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, he received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award, and last May he received an honorary doctorate from Edinboro University.


2016-2017 Season in Full Swing


Recent blog posts

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

Beethoven’s exultant Ode to Joy closes out the WSO 2016-2017 Season. Considered to be Beethoven’s greatest works, Symphony No. 9 features a large chorus and vocal soloists – the ninth symphony’s “Ode to Joy” theme is one of the most recognizable melodies ever performed. The concert is conducted by Artistic Director Daniel Meyer, and features the 70 vocalists including the WSO Chamber Singers directed by Marc… Read More

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Rachmaninoff’s 3rd

Daniel Meyer conducts a program of Russian masterpieces featuring piano virtuoso Orion Weiss performing Rachmaninoff’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 3. Glinka’s heroic Russlan and Ludmilla Overture is an exuberant introduction to the concert alongside our talented young WYSO musicians. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s folk song-inspired Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian.” “When you’re named after one of the biggest constellations… Read More

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[Video] 1976 Pops Concert | Dance of the Comedians by Smetana

  This performance of Smetana’s Dance of the Comedians is from a live recording of a Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, circa 1976. The conductor was Thomas Michalak. David Singer was privileged to be the Principal Clarinetist of the orchestra for 4 years. The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s first conductor was Dr. Richard Karp, who was also General and Music Director… Read More

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