Westmoreland Symphonic Winds
The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, a concert band in residence at Seton Hill University, is a wind and percussion performance and educational organization. Membership is composed of approximately 70 auditioned musicians, including music degree students from Seton Hill, professional musicians and talented avocational musicians.
Professor of Music Kathleen M. Campbell formed the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds in 1986. Campbell founded the group not only to enhance the ensemble curriculum for Seton Hill music students, but also to provide a quality and challenging musical outlet for community musicians while contributing 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.
Music Director & Conductor
Dr. Christopher Marra serves as Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Instrumental Activities at Seton Hill University. As a part of his duties, Chris is the conductor of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and teaches courses in music education, conducting, and brass. Chris earned a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in wind band conducting from the University of Michigan, MM in Music Education with an emphasis in wind band conducting from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University. Prior to doctoral studies, Chris taught high school band and orchestra for 10 years in San Jose, CA where he held board positions with the CMEA Bay Section and the California Band Directors Association. Chris is also an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator within several state organizations as well as Drum Corps International.