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.

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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

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Recent blog posts

Announcing the WSO’s New Executive Director

The WSO Board is pleased to announce their selection of Natalie Ann Kasievich as the new executive director. Ms. Kasievich’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Wheeling Jesuit University and a master’s degree in Public Management from the H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University. Her most recent position was as an Engagement Leader for Thrivent… Read More

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UPDATE: Beethoven’s Brilliance Change in Guest Artists

UPDATE: Out of an abundance of caution the WSO Chamber Singers and soloists will not be performing Beethoven’s Mass in C. The concert will go on as scheduled, with the WSO performing Beethoven’s Symphony No 2 (orchestra only) in its place along with Bach’s Suite in G Minor and Hilary Tann’s With the Heather and Small Birds. We look forward to welcoming… Read More

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Beethoven Season Finale

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents their 53rd season finale Beethoven’s Brilliance on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The concert opens with Bach’s Suite in G minor and Welsh composer Hilary Tann’s nature-inspired With the Heather and Small Birds and concludes with Beethoven’s Mass in C. “Beethoven’s Mass in C is a… Read More

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