Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra,WPAO,Stanley Darrow,Joanna Arnold,Joanna Darrow,Accordion Orchestra

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The Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra (WPAO) is a serious ensemble of musicians formed in 1960 by Stanley Darrow and Roman Pawlowski. In 1976 Mayor William G. Rohrer recognized the WPAO as the community orchestra of Haddon Township, New Jersey.


The Orchestra often invites guest conductors to lead the Orchestra during its concerts. Conductors come from other parts of the United States as well as other countries. Guest conductors have been featured from Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, The Ukraine, and Russia.

The primary conductor of the Orchestra is the Director, Mr. Stanley Darrow. Mr. Darrow selects the compositions which are to be performed at each concert. He also conducts at each of the Orchestra's concerts.


The members come from all parts of the east coast. Their purpose is to perform serious music and to premiere original accordion compositions. Most orchestra members are from New Jersey and Pennsylvania but some have come from as far away as Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia. Often members join the orchestra from foreign countries as they may  work in the area or attend local colleges. The WPAO contributes to the musicianship of each member and provides enjoyment for its audiences. To enter the text that you'd like on your page, highlight this text with your mouse and begin typing to replace it. Edit images by "clicking" on them.


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Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra, January 2014


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