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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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The WSO Welcomes New Musicians and Announces Several Promotions

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Daniel Meyer are pleased to announce the appointment of several new musicians and several promotions. They include three new members of the first violin section: Emilia Poirer-Molina, Mariya Krastanova and Danielle Barbosa and a second violin Anderson Lacerda was offered a one-year contract. The group also includes two new viola section players Charlie… Read More

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Scottish Fantasy with Blake Pouliot

February 11, 2023 The Palace Theatre, Greensburg >TICKETS The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Scottish Fantasy on February 11, 2023 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert opens with Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte followed by violinist Blake Pouliot performing Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and concludes with Brahms Symphony No.3, conducted by Artistic Director Daniel… Read More

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Two Performances of the Nutcracker Coming Soon

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents “The Nutcracker” featuring Texture Contemporary Ballet The Nutcracker Ballet Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. The Palace Theatre, Greensburg Tickets: $16-up 724-836-8000 or www.thepalacetheatre.org Title Sponsor: Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA) The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents two performances of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, featuring Texture Ballet School and guest dancers from Texture Contemporary Ballet on Saturday,… Read More

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