Music Director and Conductor
PPMA Executive Director
Michael Ryan Armstrong has been conductor of the Westlake Village Symphony since September, 2010. He is principal keyboardist for the American Youth Symphony where he has worked with Alexander Treger, James Conlon, David Newman, John Williams, and Alan Silvestri.
The predecessor of Westlake Village Symphony was Amgen Orchestra founded in December of 2006 by a group of local musicians and Amgen employees with varying musical backgrounds and training. A year later, its name was changed to Pacific Pearl Orchestra (PPO) in June 2007 and then, to Pacific Pearl Symphony Orchestra (PPSO) in December 2007 affiliated to CAPA (Center for Asian Performing Arts) a non-profit organization. In 2009, PPSO separated itself from CAPA and jointed together with other two local music groups to form the Pacific Pearl Music Association (PPMA) which became a non-profit organization in October of 2009. To make the orchestra more visible and attractive to the local community and to better serve for local community’s music entertainment and education, this orchestra changed its name to Westlake Village Symphony (WVS) in May 2013. In July of 2016, WVS became an independent non-profit organization with a group of board members who voluntarily serve for the orchestra. Since the orchestra was founded in 2006, there have been several music directors and conductors who served for this community orchestra and played critical roles for the development of this orchestra. Current music director and conductor is Michael Armstrong, and the associate conductor and also acting music director is Paul Piazza.