Westmoreland Symphonic Winds
The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, a concert band in residence at Seton Hill, is a wind and percussion performance and educational organization. Literature and ensembles of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds include Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Combos, Chamber Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Ensembles. Membership is composed of approximately 70 auditioned musicians including music degree students from Seton Hill University, professional musicians and talented avocational musicians.
Formed by Kathleen M. Campbell, Professor of Music at Seton Hill University, the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds has been providing quality programs since 1986. Campbell, a graduate of Seton Hill who holds a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, founded the group not only to enhance the ensemble curriculum for Seton Hill music students, but to provide a quality and challenging musical outlet for community musicians while contributing in a new and unique way to Westmoreland County's cultural heritage.
By striving for the highest possible performance standard and actively extending the learning process throughout adult life, the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds' mission is to provide an outstanding example of music education for the community surrounding it.
The educational outreach and partnership programs of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds include sponsoring jazz festivals and clinics, soloists, clinicians and guest conductors, exchange programs with area schools (including the Seton Hill University Community Music Program Youth Honors Band), scholarship funding and lab opportunities for student conductors, composers and orchestrators.
Our Concert Season
The yearly subscription includes three concerts. The fall concert highlights a variety of wind and percussion chamber ensembles with concert band. The March program likewise features standard wind literature and quality transcriptions for the wind ensemble. The spring "Pops" Concert spotlights the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble, performing jazz standards, big band music and popular favorites. In addition, Westmoreland Symphonic Winds often collaborates with other Greensburg Area Cultural Council organizations, such as the Westmoreland Choral Society and Greensburg Civic Theatre, in musical productions at the Palace Theatre.