The Westlake Village Symphony is a nonprofit orchestra comprised of community members and local music professionals with a common goal of providing exposure to the arts through concerts and educational programs.
The Westlake Village Symphony began as the Amgen Orchestra, founded in 2006 by a group of local musicians and Amgen employees with varying musical backgrounds and training. Later, the orchestra joined the Pacific Pearl Music Association (PPMA). In 2013, the ensemble was renamed to the Westlake Village Symphony (WVS) to reflect its increasingly diverse repertoire and visibility within the community, and in 2016, WVS became an independent 501c nonprofit organization.
Paul Piazza is a native of Southern California with a full schedule as a conductor, vocalist, trumpeter, and music educator. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, studying trumpet performance with Craig Morris, classical voice with Tony Boutte, and conducting with Gary Green. Paul has a wide range of musical interests and has performed with some of the world's greatest musical artists, including pianist Jeremy Denk, soprano Laura Aiken, and conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas. Paul teaches and conducts ensembles of all ages and currently holds the post of Associate Conductor with the Westlake Village Symphony.