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The WSO was founded in 1969 by several area musicians and community leaders who wished to have a good local orchestra perform under the direction of an outstanding conductor. Dr. Karp, a noted conductor and later General and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Opera, fit the bill. Amateur musicians were initially used for the four-concert season at Greensburg Salem High School, but under Dr. Karp’s tutelage, the orchestra grew each year both in size and quality of sound. In 1974, the orchestra presented the first of its annual outdoor summer concerts, and the Visiting Artists Program, a school ensemble program, was introduced. When Dr. Karp became ill in 1975, Michalak, then Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, took over, remaining through the 1977-78 season.

The 1978-79 season was marked by a conductor search, with the job going to Markou, then Associate Conductor of the Canton (Ohio) Symphony. In his first season (1979-80), the orchestra moved to a new hall (the then newly renovated Palace Theatre) and presented five subscription concerts. During his 31-year tenure the quality of performance steadily improved, reaching critical acclaim in recent years.

During the 2011-2012 when the national search for a new conductor was whittled down to two finalists, Maestro Meyer was the WSO’s Artistic Advisor. The job title was changed to Artistic Director when he signed his contract at mid-year.

Each December, the orchestra in conjunction with Laurel Ballet presents three performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet at the Palace and, each fall since 1975, has offered a Young People’s Concert, a one-hour daytime concert for area elementary school students, also at the Palace.

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RSVP for the 2019 Hat Luncheon

Guests are invited to sip champagne and don their most stylish hats at the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s 18th Hat Luncheon on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Co-chairpersons Karen Kohut and Diane Nickoloff welcome guests to the champagne reception beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon at noon. The event will be held at the Greensburg Country Club, where the lush grounds… Read More

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2019 Independent Music Teacher of the Year Award

The WSO and its Academy of Music announce their second annual Independent Music Teacher of the Year Award to Jacqueline Herbein. The award was created to recognize an outstanding music teacher in Westmoreland County who provides private music lessons. Sponsored by Covington Financial   The award will be presented prior to the WSO’s Carmina Burana concert on April 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.… Read More

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Daniel Meyer – A Colossal Carmina Burana Finale

Tickets | More Info The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Orff’s Carmina Burana, on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert is the classical finale of the 50th Anniversary Season. The WSO will be joined on stage by 100 singers including the WSO Chamber Singers, the Westmoreland Choral Society, Pitt-Greensburg Chorale, Una… Read More

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