Summer Academy of Music

Announcing New Summer Courses!

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Academy of Music is excited to announce a series of new summer courses to help students (both young and old) grow in their music.  Lead by symphony instructors Morrie Brand, Ramona Coppage, and a few friends, these one-hour courses will help to expand student’s abilities and understanding of music.

Courses will be delivered virtually, via Zoom.  Those registering for a particular course will have until 10 a.m. on the day of the course to do so.  Links to the classes will be e-mailed out around 10 a.m. the day of the course.  Best of all, these courses will be offered FREE of charge to all current WYSO students/families.  Non-WYSO students/families are also welcome to join for a nominal fee of $10.00 per class.



Upcoming Course Offerings:

WYSO Classical Chatters

Taught by Morrie Brand, Classical Chatters classes explore four basic periods of music – Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century.

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020: Romantic Period (3:30 p.m.) Find out how musical form takes a back seat to “story” and the rise of a much larger orchestra and nationalism in this era of Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Brahms, Dvorak, and Mahler.
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020: 20th Century (Noon) Discover the Century of “isms” – Impressionism, Neo-classicism, Nationalism from newer countries, Minimalism, Eclecticism and the music of Strauss, Ravel, Stravinsky, Elgar, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and John Adams.

Technique Classes

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020: Improving my Sight-reading (12 p.m. Noon)
    Ever feel lost when looking at a new piece of music? This class will provide useful tools to guide you.
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020: Improving Bow Technique for String Players (12 p.m. Noon)
    An important deep dive into the dos and don’ts of bow technique.

Life in Music Classes

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020: How to be a Professional Musician & What their Life is Like (12 p.m. Noon)
    Learn from current professional musicians about their interesting lives!
  • Thursday, July 23, 2020: The Who, How, and Why of Conducting (3:30 p.m.)
    When a conductor selects a piece of music, what are they looking at? When a conductor tries to evoke a certain sound out of an ensemble how do they do that?  Join Morrie for an in-depth look at conducting.

Summer Academy of Music


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