5 Easy Tips to Get Your Kids to Practice

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So it’s been a few months since taking the shiny new instrument out of its case but after the initial excitement of playing has worn off your child doesn’t want to practice. Every day you are asking, begging and pleading with them to practice before their next lesson. What is a parent to do? We talked to a lifelong musician… Read More

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WSO Invited to County Commissioners Meeting

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On June 22 two of WSO Academy of Music musicians performed several selections at the County Commissioners public meeting at the County Courthouse in Greensburg. WSO Board of Directors President Jim Cook had won “Commissioner for a Day” during our Cinco de Mayo Spring Fundraiser  and wanted to use the opportunity to showcase the depth of musical talent at the WSO. Maddox… Read More

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[Video] 1976 Pops Concert | Dance of the Comedians by Smetana

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  This performance of Smetana’s Dance of the Comedians is from a live recording of a Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, circa 1976. The conductor was Thomas Michalak. David Singer was privileged to be the Principal Clarinetist of the orchestra for 4 years. The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s first conductor was Dr. Richard Karp, who was also General and Music Director… Read More

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Five Ways Music Improves Our Health

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When I gave birth to my first-born, I listened to CDs of classical music in the hospital. I figured that music would help calm me and distract me from the pain. You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations, too. Or perhaps you’ve listened to music while studying or working out, hoping to up your performance.… Read More

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Announcing our 50th Anniversary Season!

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Youth Orchestra Performs with the WSO Opening Night

Selected members of the WYSO Philharmonic will take the stage with the musicians of the WSO to perform Sibelius’ Finlandia.  The opportunity to perform side-by-side with a professional orchestra and conductor on the Palace stage is a unique learning experience. “To sit down with skilled musicians inspires the younger musicians. It’s exhilarating for them to perform for a large audience—it’s a… Read More

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Welcome to the 50th Season from Maestro Daniel Meyer

Welcome to the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Season in our historic home at the Palace Theatre! We welcome you to join us, and we hope that you will experience a musical performance that will transport you, lift you, and inspire you.  We also hope that this marks the beginning of another fifty wonderful years of bringing classical music to… Read More

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Meet the New WSO Board President – Mike Matteo

The WSO board of directors has selected Michael Matteo as its new president. Mr. Matteo is the 18th president and has served on the WSO board since 2015. He replaces James Cook who served as board president since 2016 and who remains an active board member. Mr. Matteo is a lifelong musician and joined the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and… Read More

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