Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
By Matt Galando, Vice President
Provided by Corie Kraft
The Edgewood Symphony Orchestra is now in its second decade as one of
Pittsburgh's leading community orchestras. Over 70 volunteer musicians
with extensive backgrounds of musical training and experience dedicate
their time and talents to bringing the classics to you.
With our talented musicians and our energetic volunteer Board of
Directors working with Music Director Walter Morales, we will continue
to move forward to achieve new levels of performance.
Mr. Morales, a native of Costa Rica, is in his second season as Music
Director for the ESO. A member of the faculty of Carnegie Mellon
University, he is the Music Director and Conductor for the Carnegie
Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, the Assistant Director of Orchestral
Studies and also the Assistant Conductor for the Carnegie Mellon
Philharmonic. Walter has an extensive performance, coaching and
conducting background. He has worked closely with the Opera Theatre of
Pittsburgh as music director and conductor, coach, rehearsal pianist,
and music coordinator. He has been a guest conductor, accompanist and
soloist with symphonies both local and worldwide. In 2005, Walter was a
finalist for the position of Assistant Conductor with the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra, chosen out of 180 applicants from around the world.
Walter holds a degree from the College of Charleston and has completed
a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. Most recently, Walter
earned an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting
at Carnegie Mellon where he was a student of Juan Pablo Izquierdo.
Under Walter's leadership, the Edgewood Symphony will feature three
March 3, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood
March 17, 2007 at Rodef Shalom Levy Hall in Oakland
May 19, 2007 at East Allegheny High School in North Versailles
The ESO's May concert will feature a program of fun-filled, easily
recognizable music, including themes from Pirates of the Caribbean,
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and What's Up at the Symphony
featuring popular symphonic themes from your favorite cartoons! This
concert will be highlighted by a dramatic audiovisual presentation of
drawings and sketches by the youth of East Allegheny set to live music!
Experience the powerful sound of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra as we
bring a wide range of musical favorites to the eastern suburbs. We hope
to see you during this exciting season!