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Concert Orchestra Masterclass

December 7, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags:

unnamed-1For the past three years, we have had students representatives at the Florida Atlantic University side-by-side orchestral performance (David Hong, Alyssa Babaian, and Olivia Gaus). This auditioned event takes qualified students to perform alongside members of the FAU orchestra which is directed by Dr. Laura Joella. Dr. Joella and Professor Cornelia Brubeck, who leads the cello faculty at FAU, visited the Concert Orchestra for a masterclass. She worked with the orchestra on music that we will perform on their trip to Ireland in the spring.

Lessons & Carols—Next Tuesday, December 5!

November 30, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: , , , ,

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.10.31 AMThe Westminster Academy High School Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, and Choirs will be present a special Christmas program, “Lessons & Carols,” on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

The program is based on “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” first held on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College in England.

Over the years the order service has been adapted and presented by many schools and churches around the world. The combination of great Christmas music, traditional carols, and Christmas lessons have been an inspiration millions.

Please save the date and plan to attend our adaptation of the original “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Westminster Academy. Admission is free.

Lessons & Carols—A Westminster Academy Christmas Program

November 16, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: , , , ,

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.10.31 AMThe Westminster Academy High School Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, and Choirs will be present a special Christmas program, “Lessons & Carols,” on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

The program is based on “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” first held on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College in England.

Over the years the order service has been adapted and presented by many schools and churches around the world. The combination of great Christmas music, traditional carols, and Christmas lessons have been an inspiration millions.

Please save the date and plan to attend our adaptation of the original “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Westminster Academy. Admission is free.

WA’s Music Program Receives National Recognition with the SupportMusic Merit Award for 2016

April 20, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: , ,

SupportMusicWestminster Academy has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. WA is one of ninety-two schools from across the country and one of only three schools in Florida to receive the prestigious award in 2016.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Schools that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Westminster Academy provided answers to detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

Middle School Concert Orchestra Travels To Orlando

March 19, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: ,

FullSizeRender (1)Each year, the Westminster Academy Middle School Concert Orchestra travels to Orlando, Florida, to perform for an adjudication after which they receive a short clinic. This year we performed with 30 middle school orchestra students and received an “excellent” rating.

Middle School Orchestra Holocaust Memorial Trip

January 24, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: , ,

IMG_2838_The middle school orchestra class plays a piece called Schindler’s List—music from the movie. The movie tells the story of Oskar Schindler who created a work program for Jews at, Plaszow, one of the many notorious concentration camps in Poland.

Mr. Schwartz takes his seventh and eighth-grade orchestra classes to the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach to provide some context for the piece. The eighth-grade students study the Holocaust in the second quarter and visit the Holocaust Memorial on their Washington, D.C. trip, integrating it with what they are already receiving from their history lessons in middle school.

All-State Music Ensembles

January 19, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: , ,

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Each January in Tampa, students perform as a part of the All-State Music Ensembles.

They are selected through a statewide audition process and placed in premier ensembles with leading music directors from around the country. The selected students represent some of the best students in the state from private, public, and charter schools.

All-State Choir

Congratulations Amanda Goldberg, Jade Klacko, and Aidan Proko, for a job well done at the Florida Vocal Association’s All-State Choir program in Tampa, Florida!

Pictured are Jade Klacko and Aidan Proko in front of the Straz Center Morsani Hall, where they performed their Middle School Mixed Concert under the direction of Tesfa Wondemagegnehu.  Also pictured is Amanda Goldberg with Craig Hella Johnson, the conductor of the High School Concert Choir.

Congratulations also to Pauline Baxter and Caroline Cespedes, both of whom passed all levels of the All-State audition.

All-State Orchestra

This year, Westminster Academy was proud to send violinist and junior, Olivia Gaus, to participate in the High School Honors Orchestra.