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 is now the principal percussionist. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Master’s degree from Duquesne University. He was a teacher for 14 years in the Hempfield School District and has served as a principal in the Gateway School District since 2010. He is also a member of EBT Jazz, a musical group that performs throughout the region.
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018-2019 season. Mr. Matteo served on the 50th Planning Committee and is looking forward to leading the board. “It’s my pleasure to take over the role of president for this organization during this anniversary season. As a percussionist in the orchestra, I’ve had a front-row seat to the exceptional leadership and brilliant musicianship of this orchestra. I look forward to leading the symphony to even greater accomplishments.” said Matteo.
Plans for the 50th season include four classical concerts, Home for the Holidays in December and the Music of John Williams concert in May. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of the Nutcracker featuring the Laurel Ballet. Special events include a new Fall Twilight Tastings in October 2018, Spring Rhapsody on May 18, 2019 and the annual Hat Luncheon on June 1, 2019.
“Having Michael serve as our board president paired with his musical expertise and long commitment to the WSO is invaluable,” said Endicott Reindl, Executive Director. “I look forward to working with him during this season to grow the orchestra and create positive community-minded musical experiences.”