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The Orchestra Program

The Westminster Academy orchestra program offers classes in string instrument instruction that begins in the 5th grade and continues through the 12th grade. This highly awarded program gives string students the opportunity to learn and develop their skills and use them in worship, community outreach, competition and performance. Past highlights include concert tours to Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Mexico and Canada.

The WA orchestra program is led by Mr. David Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz graduated from the New School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1986, and a Master of Music degree from Yale University in 1988. For 14 years prior to accepting the call to teach at Westminster, Mr. Schwartz performed with symphony orchestras from around the world including the Spoleto Opera Festival Orchestra which concertizes in Spoleto, Italy; the National Repertory Orchestra which played at the Arts Festival for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, and then toured Taiwan and Japan; the New World Symphony which played for France's Bicentennial celebration in 1989 and later toured South America in 1990; and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra where he remained for eleven years until his appointment to teach at Westminster Academy. In addition, he was an associate professor at Broward Community College where he taught the strings class for students seeking a music education degree.

Upper School Orchestra playing "In the Hall of the Mountain King"

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Upper School Orchestra playing "Palladio"

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Orchestra Courses

Concert Orchestra

This class is the highest level of the orchestra program at Westminster Academy. The Concert Orchestra is intended for students who have at least five years of study or the equivalent. The orchestra will perform in competition (MPA district) and participate in a music outreach to help brighten the lives of others. The Concert Orchestra includes a worship component and combines together with the other fine arts organizations to present a madrigal dinner, a play, and a benefit concert.

Sixth Grade Orchestra

This class is the third level of the orchestra program at Westminster Academy. This yearly course is intended for students who have had at least two years of study or the equivalent. This class will perform concerts quarterly and participate in a music outreach to help brighten the lives of others.

Middle School Concert Orchestra

This class is the fourth level of the orchestra program at Westminster Academy. This yearly course is intended for students who have had at least three years of study or the equivalent. This class will perform in competition, quarterly concerts, and participate in a music outreach to help brighten the lives of others.

Lower School Orchestra

Fifth grade students may choose an instrumental elective to learn to play an instrument.