Youth Orchestra Program

The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) was founded in 1981 to provide area music students with a high quality experience in playing and appreciating orchestral music. Since that time, the program has expanded to include the Philharmonic for high school students, the Philharmonia for middle school students and the String Ensemble for elementary students.

Check out our summer offerings:

Flute Choir

Summer Wind Ensemble

Summer Strings

String Ensemble

WYSO Philharmonic consists of auditioned high school and advanced middle school musicians, who rehearse on Wednesday evenings and perform concerts each fall and spring. The Philharmonic also provides a Concerto Competition for members to compete to perform a concerto with the orchestra. The competition is held every January, with a spring semester performance. A WYSO Solo and Ensemble Night is offered each May, featuring individuals and small ensembles from the Philharmonic.

WYSO Philharmonia is for string students who are comfortable in first and third positions, have a solid knowledge of note values, dynamics, key signatures, and be able to play major scales up to 3 sharps and flats. Members should be taking privates lessons. Winds and brass are encouraged audition. For strings, an audition is optional, but doing so allows for better chair placement. At a minimum, we need recommendation from private teacher or band director. Equivalent of Suzuki books III-IV.

WYSO String Ensemble is a training group for elementary school string players, including violins, violas and cellos. While no audition is necessary for participation, most members are taking private lessons. String Ensemble meets each fall and spring, with a public performance at the end of each semester. A shorter summer session is offered every June-July.

2017 Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

2016-2017 Season in Full Swing

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Recent blog posts

Announcing the 2017-2018 Season

October 21, 2017 BRUCH & BRAHMS Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor Simone Porter, violin Brahms: Symphony No. 1 December 16, 2017 Home for the Holidays Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the WSO, the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County and special guests. FEBRUARY 17, 2018 Keys… Read More

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Braille Score Gifted to WSO

The WSO warmly thanks the Greensburg-East Hempfield, Mount Pleasant Township, and Youngwood Lions Clubs for providing funding for braille transcription of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy for soprano Beth Smaligo. We recently talked to Beth about her process for preparing for her first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth. When did you start singing? I’ve been singing since I was about five. I was… Read More

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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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