WYSO Philharmonic

Spring Dates

January 22, 2020- (and Feb 1, if needed) Auditions for the spring semester and Concerto Competition

January 29 – Eurythmics session 6:30-8:30 at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center (SHU-PAC) (Philharmonia members are also invited)

February 5 – First spring term rehearsal 6:30-8:45 p.m. Greensburg Garden & Civic Center

May 13 – Dress rehearsal at SHU-PAC: 6:30-8:45 p.m.

May 17 – Sunday evening concert 7:00 at SHU-PAC, – 5:45 p.m. call

The WYSO Philharmonia, comprised of mostly middle school musicians, will open the program with Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 by Bizet, followed by Shenandoah, an American folk tune, closing with a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

 The WYSO Philharmonic, comprised of mostly high school students, opens with two works from the classical period – Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and the first movement of Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 7.  These pieces are followed by two neo-classical works – the Second Suite for Small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky and Rondo from Chamber Symphony No. 1 by WYSO music director, Morrie Brand.

The students will perform a work by a composer very well known to them – Academy Director Morrie Brand. He composed Rondo from Chamber Symphony No. 1 “Esterhaza” as master’s degree student and the work was first premiered with the University of Wisconsin/Madison Chamber Orchestra in 1991. The composition was inspired by the classical style of Franz Joseph Haydn who is widely regarded as the “father of the symphony” and was the court musician of the Esterházy family.

Please contact Ramona [email protected] to schedule an audition time.

Auditions will be held at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center:

  • Wednesday, August 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. or 
  • Saturday, August 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Director: Morrie Brand

Rehearsals begin August 28, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

Concert Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m.
Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center

Excerpts – Fall 2019

Violin I
Violin II

  • A Solo Piece of your choice: Memorization and piano accompaniment are not required.
  • Major Scales: Two octaves; up to four sharps and four flats.

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 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.

Contact Morrie Brand for more information.


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