The Southwest Ohio Philharmonic (SWOP), incorporated as a non-profit, is a professional symphony orchestra within the southwest corner of the state of Ohio. Our musicians have been performing for many years in the area and reside throughout the entire region.
The Philharmonic’s vision is to touch everyone with music. Music is a language that speaks to all people and we seek to reach out into communities of the southwest Ohio region to share the joy of music.
The Function is to provide music at the highest possible degree of excellence, to provide performance opportunities for area musicians and to provide the cultural benefits of a Symphony Orchestra to the southwest Ohio region.
The Mission is to engage, educate and transform communities in southwest Ohio through musical experiences of the highest quality.
Mr. Giusepe Laviano has recently joined the SWOP Board of Directors as our Marketing Director. For over 15 years, Mr. Laviano has worked in progressive marketing roles in the business to business space. Most recently, as the Manager – Marketing, Branding and Advertising at AK Steel in West Chester, OH, where he led a team that relaunched the corporate website, modernized the company’s brand and reshaped the view of steel in the customer’s eyes. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and currently the Treasurer of the International Association of Businesses Communicators – Washington, DC. He holds an MBA from DePaul University and two engineering degrees from Syracuse University and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Dana has been retired since March 2019 after a 42-year career as an accountant/financial analyst with AK Steel corporation. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University Dana began working at Armco Steel, which later became AK Steel. Within a few years of starting work at Armco Steel Dana passed the CPA exam and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. Although he worked professionally as an accountant Dana was also passionate about playing clarinet. In high school Dana was a member of the All-Connecticut Band and Orchestra, the All-Eastern Band and Orchestra and the McDonalds All-American Band. His private teachers included members of the Hartford Symphony, the American Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony. For twenty years Dana played first clarinet in the Middletown Symphony and performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra. Dana has also been a guest performer with the Hamilton Symphony and the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Dana is currently performing with Southwest Ohio Philharmonic.