WYSO Philharmonic

Director: Morrie Brand

WYSO Program Concert
May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Seton Hill PAC

The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) Program will present its spring concert on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:30 pm at Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center in Greensburg. The concert features both the WYSO Philharmonia and the WYSO Philharmonic.

The Philharmonia opens the concert with arrangements of Respighi’s Ancient Aires and Dances, along with the last movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, closing with Highlights from Harry Potter.

The Philharmonic opens its portion of the program with Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra Overture, followed by the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 and closes with John Williams’ music from The Empire Strikes Back.

Also featured in this concert are two concerto competition winners, who auditioned in January, along with six other WYSO Philharmonic members.  Flutist Evelyn Markle will be featured in Mozart’s Andante for Flute and Orchestra. Evelyn is a sophomore at the PA Cyber Leadership Academy. Flutist, Emma Jones will perform the first movement of Devienne’s Concerto No. 7. Emma is a junior at Hempfield Area High School. Both Evelyn and Emma are students of Michele Boulet.

Wednesday Evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. beginning January 30-May 8
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg
Tuition: $220; second student $150
Repertoire: Rossini La Gaza Ladra Overture, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2-last movement

January 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. please email to reserve.
Positions available: Oboe II, Bassoon II, Horn II & III, Trombones, Tuba, Strings (all sections)
Please contact Ramona [email protected] to schedule an audition time.

Excerpts – Spring 2019

Violin I
Violin II

The Philharmonic consists of auditioned high school musicians, who rehearse on Wednesday evenings and perform concerts each fall and spring. String students should be comfortable in first through fifth positions, have a solid knowledge of note values, dynamics, key signatures, off-the-string playing, and be able to play major scales up to 4 sharps and flats. An audition is necessary and private lessons are required. The equivalent of Suzuki book V and up. 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.

Contact Morrie Brand for more information.


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