Master Class with Andrew Tyson

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“I make it harder when I just focus on the notes – when I’m not thinking musically,” said Andrew Tyson. Ideas for adding subtle nuances, elegance and color to each composition beyond the notes was advice repeated throughout the master class led by award-winning pianist Andrew Tyson on Thursday, February 15. Seton Hill University students each performed a piece and Mr. Tyson… Read More

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Meet Maria Sensi Sellner

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Our December 16th Home for the Holidays guest conductor Maria Sensi Sellner grew up in Westmoreland County and graduated from Valley High School. She then went on to Carnegie Mellon where she double majored in Mechanical Engineering and Music Composition. Ms. Sellner is the first three-time winner of the American Prize for Opera Conducting and is the Artistic & General Director… Read More

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5 Easy Tips to Get Your Kids to Practice

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So it’s been a few months since taking the shiny new instrument out of its case but after the initial excitement of playing has worn off your child doesn’t want to practice. Every day you are asking, begging and pleading with them to practice before their next lesson. What is a parent to do? We talked to a lifelong musician… Read More

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WSO Invited to County Commissioners Meeting

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On June 22 two of WSO Academy of Music musicians performed several selections at the County Commissioners public meeting at the County Courthouse in Greensburg. WSO Board of Directors President Jim Cook had won “Commissioner for a Day” during our Cinco de Mayo Spring Fundraiser  and wanted to use the opportunity to showcase the depth of musical talent at the WSO. Maddox… Read More

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Braille Score Gifted to WSO

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The WSO warmly thanks the Greensburg-East Hempfield, Mount Pleasant Township, and Youngwood Lions Clubs for providing funding for braille transcription of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy for soprano Beth Smaligo. We recently talked to Beth about her process for preparing for her first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth. When did you start singing? I’ve been singing since I was about five. I was… Read More

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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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