Academy of Music

The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) was founded in 1981 to provide area music students with a high-quality, educational experience in playing and appreciating orchestral music. 

Our Ensembles:

  • WYSO PhilharmonicUnder the direction of Adam Gillespie, the Philharmonic is an auditioned ensemble comprised of high school and advanced middle school musicians that performs music from the standard orchestral repertoire. Applicants should possess a strong knowledge of musical fundamentals including major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. 
  • WYSO Philharmonia: The perfect stepping stone for young musicians, this intermediate-level ensemble is likely to be the first experience for young musicians to play in an ensemble of woodwinds, brass, and strings. Applicants should possess a basic knowledge of musical fundamentals including major scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats.
  • WYSO String EnsembleDesigned for elementary school string players, this training ensemble nurtures the talent of even the youngest or most inexperienced musicians. WYSO String Ensemble is offered pending sufficient ensemble registration.

2023-24 DETAILS

>WYSO Ensemble Application Form (required for ALL new or returning students)

November 19, 2023 – 7:30 p.m. (Performers arrive at 6:00 p.m.)
Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center
100 Harrison Ave, Greensburg, PA 15601


Spring Concert Date TBA

Sunday evenings at Seton Hill University
Philharmonic: 6:00 – 8:30 pm (2.5 hrs)
Philharmonia: 6:00 – 7:30 pm (1.5 hrs)

The first Philharmonic/Philharmonia rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, September 3, 2023, at 6:00pm.

Regular Tuition
Philharmonic: $250/semester ($490/year)
Philharmonia: $170/semester ($330/year)
String Ensemble: $105/semester (pending enrollment)

Second/Third Child Reduced Rate

Philharmonic: $170/semester ($325/year)
Philharmonia: $115/semester ($220/year)
String Ensemble: $70/semester (pending enrollment)

Payment can be made via check, cash, or card (3% service fee applies).


Note: Need-based scholarships are available to a number of students. To be considered, please complete the scholarship application (link below) and Natalie Kasievich will be in contact with you after a determination has been made. 


2023-2024 Season

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Home for the Holidays 2023

December 16, 2023 • 7:30 p.m. The Palace Theatre, Greensburg – Tickets The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Home for the Holidays concert of choral and instrumental holiday pops on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. The concert is guest conducted by Andrés Franco and features Sleigh Ride, Selections from the Nutcracker, a Holiday Sing-Along,… Read More

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Two Performances of the Nutcracker December 9!

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents “The Nutcracker” featuring Texture Ballet School and Texture Contemporary Ballet Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. The Palace Theatre, Greensburg Tickets: $18-up 724-836-8000 or purchase tickets online The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (WSO) presents two performances of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, featuring Texture Ballet School and guest dancers from Texture Contemporary Ballet on Saturday, December… Read More

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Academy Fall Concert November 19

(GREENSBURG) The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s youth orchestra program (WYSO), will present its fall concert on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center in Greensburg. The concert is free and open to the public, donations are accepted. “This has been a truly exciting semester at the Academy! We welcomed the entire program under one roof… Read More

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