Our Artistic Director

As Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony, Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, and Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.  Named Music Director of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Meyer took the helm of the historic summer music festival in July 2019.

In addition to working with world-renowned soloists such as Marc-André Hamelin, Sharon Isbin, Gil Shaham, Jeremy Denk, Daniil Trifonov, Midori, and Emanuel Ax, Mr. Meyer commissioned new works by Michael Torke, Vivian Fung, Richard Danielpour, and Zhou Tian. With a deep passion for connecting with audiences, Mr. Meyer continues to develop strong ties with the community through frequent radio and television appearances, newspaper interviews, music talks, appearances in local schools, and speaking from the concert stage. He continues to lead the WSO in live and livestreamed concerts from the Palace Theatre and has developed a series of televised performances with the Erie Philharmonic, broadcast on WQLN.

In his role as Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, Mr. Meyer has embarked on a recording project of the concertos of Lynn Purse and collaborates with pianist David Alan Wehr and bass-baritone Guenko Guechev. Meyer recorded the music of Hanson, Diamond, and Daugherty for the Bavarian Radio with the Bamberger Symphoniker, and his recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Nuremberg Symphony in Germany.

In his tenure as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, Mr. Meyer created the Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring sold-out weeks of film, lectures, community events, and concerts centered around the music of Mozart and pianist Emmanuel Ax in 2015 and violinist Midori in 2017. In recent seasons he has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Indianapolis, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama, and Knoxville Symphonies.

His critically-acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and to Austria with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra. Mr. Meyer’s summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Lakeside Chautauqua.

Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Mr. Meyer was named Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. A native of Cleveland, Mr. Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, Mr. Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and was awarded the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize from David Zinman. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinboro University in 2016.

2021-22 Season

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Welcome to the 2021-22 Season!

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Daniel Meyer, announces its 2021-2022 season beginning on October 23, 2021. The WSO presents five Saturday evening concerts at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. After presenting a live stream season due to the pandemic, the orchestra returns to in-person concerts at the Palace Theatre but the option… Read More

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Autumn Rhapsody Gala

Westmoreland Symphony presents Autumn Rhapsody Gala with Guest Auctioneer Paul Steigerwald The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announces its Autumn Rhapsody gala event on Friday, October 15 at the Westmoreland Country Club with guest Auctioneer Paul Steigerwald, an Emmy award-winning American sportscaster. The honorary chair is Sean Cassidy, and the Special Events Chair is Linda Assard and Auction Co-Chairpersons are Diane Nickoloff and… Read More

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Rhythm of the Road Concert

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present Rhythm of the Road concert on the grounds of the Lincoln Highway Experience on Saturday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert, conducted by Artistic Director Daniel Meyer features works by Joplin, Mozart, Gershwin and Cole Porter. Guests may bring their own chairs; limited seating at picnic tables is available at the museum.… Read More

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