WYSO Philharmonic

Spring Concert: Sunday, April 30-7:30 p.m. at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center learn more

Pre-Concert Gathering to Benefit the WYSO
Join us for a pre-concert gathering to learn about WYSO programs and raise scholarship funds to give more youth access to music education!
Hosted by: WSO, Robert Errett, and Thrivent Financial
Location: Major Stokes, enjoy complimentary appetizers, cash bar
Date/Time: Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
Head over to the WYSO concert at SHUPAC following the event!

Audition Requirements

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
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

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.



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