WYSO Philharmonic

Spring 2023 Semester

Dates: February 1—April 26, 2023
Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center 100 Harrison Ave, Greensburg

Spring Concert: April 30 at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center

Auditions

WYSO Philharmonic Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the Greensburg Garden Center. Contact orchestra manager Ramona Coppage at [email protected] to schedule an audition time and for more information.

Positions Available:

Oboe II
Clarinet II
Bassoon I & II
Horns & Trumpets
Trombones & Tuba
Strings: all sections

Audition Requirements

Brass/Winds
Majors Scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats (two octaves when possible) Concert B-flat chromatic scale (two octaves when possible) Excerpt from an etude or solo of their choosing (2-5 minutes in length) Sight-reading
Strings
Majors Scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats (two octave; three octaves when possible. Legato, staccato, pizzicato) Excerpt from an etude or solo of their choosing (2-5 minutes in length) Sight-reading

Repertoire
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
  Concerto competition winner
Bartok: Romanian Dances
Mancini: Tribute to Henry Mancini

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 strings students should be able to play 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.


Adam Gillespie WYSO Philharmonic Conductor

Adam Gillespie as the new Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) Philharmonic conductor!

Mr. Gillespie brings a wealth of teaching, performing, and conducting experience to the position. He is a professional trumpet player and performs throughout the Pittsburgh region. He earned a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Alderson Broaddus University.

He maintains a private studio, serves on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Music and serves as a section coach for the CMU All-University Orchestra, and has worked with the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra.

 


Tuition is $235 per student and $160 for siblings.

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