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. Recently named new Music Director of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Meyer took the helm of this 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, Meyer conducts new commissions this season including a violin concerto by Michael Torke, a trumpet concerto by Vivian Fung, and an overture by Zhou Tian. With a deep passion for connecting with audiences, 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.

Meyer returns to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony and West Virginia Symphony this season and leads a new production of Mozart’s Così fan Tutte. He recently recorded the music of Hanson, Diamond, and Daugherty for the Bavarian Radio with the Bamberger Symphoniker. In his role as Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, he has embarked on a recording project of the concertos of Lynn Purse and collaborates with pianist David Alan Wehr and bass-baritone Guenko Guechev. 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.

​Meyer’s eclectic and groundbreaking symphonic programs this season include works by Norman Dello Joio, Howard Hanson, and Duke Ellington in combination with masterworks of Ravel, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. Featured works include Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 5, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, and great vocal works including Fauré’s Requiem and Italian opera choruses.

​As part of his highly-acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, 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 Meyer 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. 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, 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.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!

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Holiday Music World Premiere

Every December we look forward to performing our holiday concert.  This year we are so fortunate to present a world premiere of For Behold from Henceforth by Pittsburgh-based composer Nancy Galbraith, featuring Meghan DeWald, soprano and conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner. Join us for the concert and be the first to hear this new work!   Longtime Friends, New Collaboration “I’ve known Nancy for over… Read More

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Nutcracker – Celebrate a Holiday Tradition!

TICKETS Twirling into the Palace Theatre on December 14 & 15 is the only live-orchestra version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker! Enjoy free parking, family-friendly ticket prices starting at just $14 and photo-ops around the beautifully decorated vintage theatre. Join us and see why this production is Westmoreland County’s beloved holiday tradition for the past 26 years. The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents… Read More

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Straight to the Heart: Opening Night Music

Artistic Director Daniel Meyer previews Russian Masters coming up Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Palace Theatre One of the most striking aspects of Russian music is its capacity to drive straight to the heart.  Through soaring melodies, rich harmonies, and vivid orchestration, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky were all masters in their own way of making such a direct impact on our… Read More

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