About Us

The WSO was founded in 1969 by several area musicians and community leaders who wished to have a good local orchestra perform under the direction of an outstanding conductor. Dr. Karp, a noted conductor and later General and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Opera, fit the bill. Amateur musicians were initially used for the four-concert season at Greensburg Salem High School, but under Dr. Karp’s tutelage, the orchestra grew each year both in size and quality of sound. In 1974, the orchestra presented the first of its annual outdoor summer concerts, and the Visiting Artists Program, a school ensemble program, was introduced. When Dr. Karp became ill in 1975, Michalak, then Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, took over, remaining through the 1977-78 season.

The 1978-79 season was marked by a conductor search, with the job going to Markou, then Associate Conductor of the Canton (Ohio) Symphony. In his first season (1979-80), the orchestra moved to a new hall (the then newly renovated Palace Theatre) and presented five subscription concerts. During his 31-year tenure the quality of performance steadily improved, reaching critical acclaim in recent years.

During the 2011-2012 when the national search for a new conductor was whittled down to two finalists, Maestro Meyer was the WSO’s Artistic Advisor. The job title was changed to Artistic Director when he signed his contract at mid-year.

Each December, the orchestra in conjunction with Laurel Ballet presents three performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet at the Palace and, each fall since 1975, has offered a Young People’s Concert, a one-hour daytime concert for area elementary school students, also at the Palace.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!

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Recent blog posts

Straight to the Heart: Opening Night Music

Artistic Director Daniel Meyer previews Russian Masters coming up Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Palace Theatre One of the most striking aspects of Russian music is its capacity to drive straight to the heart.  Through soaring melodies, rich harmonies, and vivid orchestration, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky were all masters in their own way of making such a direct impact on our… Read More

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Welcome to the 51st Season from Maestro Daniel Meyer

Dear Friends in Music, Welcome to the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s 51st Anniversary Season! We are so glad that you are here and we hope that you will experience a musical performance that will transport you, lift you and inspire you. We are excited to embark on our next 50 years of bringing classical music to Greensburg and Westmoreland County, and… Read More

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Cheap ‘N Chic: High End Fashion Resale Event!

Guests are invited to a stylish kick-off to Fall at the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Cheap ‘N Chic event on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Co-chairpersons Jo Ellen Numerick and Jill Briercheck will welcome guests beginning at 6 p.m. at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. The shopping event is only held every two years to offer the finest in pre-owned couture… Read More

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