The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra Program offers three orchestra playing opportunities for young musicians in elementary school through high school.
The >WYSO Philharmonic is open to high school as well as advanced middle school students by audition. It meets on Wednesday evenings beginning February 5 at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. Repertoire includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Powell’s How to Train Your Dragon Suite, plus the concerto competition winner(s).
The >WYSO Philharmonia, comprised of mostly middle school musicians, meets on Saturday mornings at the Otterbein Methodist Church in Greensburg. Some of the repertoire includes Bach’s Brandenburg Sinfonia and the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. No audition is required, but students must have their private teachers or band director’s recommendation. The first rehearsal is February 15.
The >WYSO String Ensemble is open to young string students who have completed a first-year method book. The Monday evening classes at the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center focus on the basics of ensemble playing and how to follow a conductor. The first rehearsal is February 15, with a performance on May 11.
The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra Program, an educational offering of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Academy of Music, has been providing opportunities for area youth to perform orchestra music since 1981. The program includes the String Ensemble (elementary), Philharmonia (middle school) and the Philharmonic (mostly high school). Members of the orchestras range in age from 7 to 18. They travel from all over the region to attend weekly rehearsals.