Academy of Music

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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.

For more information please contact Morrie Brand at [email protected]


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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. More info

WYSO Philharmonia is an intermediate-level orchestra and is likely to be the first experience for young musicians to play in an ensemble of woodwinds, brass, and strings. Applicants should have a solid knowledge of note values, dynamics, key signatures, and be able to play major scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats. Members should be taking privates lessons. Winds and brass are encouraged to audition. For strings, an audition is optional, but doing so allows for better chair placement. At a minimum, we need a recommendation from a private teacher or band director. String players need to be in the 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. More Info

2022-2023 Season

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Steven Banks Performs Mozart for the 54th Season Opener

Opening Night featuring Steven Banks, saxophone Greensburg, PA – The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents the first concert of their 54th Season Opening Night on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. The concert opens with Mozart’s Oboe Concerto performed by Steven Banks on the soprano saxophone.  “I’m particularly excited to work with Steven Banks… Read More

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Chatham Baroque – Summer Chamber Music Series

The Summer Chamber Music Series presents the final concert of the summer featuring Chatham Baroque on Thursday, August 11, 2022 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Unity Chapel in Latrobe. Chatham Baroque includes Andrew Fouts, baroque violin; Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba and Scott Pauley, theorbo and baroque guitar. They will perform works by Bach’s Sonata in G Major as well… Read More

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WYSO Seeking New Philharmonic Conductor

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announces an opening for the Conductor of a Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) Program’s Philharmonic. “The Philharmonic is the ‘flagship’ orchestra of the WYSO Program, and is comprised of high school students and advanced middle school students,” said Morrie Brand, the current WYSO Philharmonic conductor. “The youth orchestra program is the largest component of the WSO’s… Read More

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