Orchestra Tag

On Monday, May 18, the Fine Arts Department recognized the talents and accomplishments of our students. Each department produced outstanding work this year. These acknowledgments are an encore for some and a debut for others: Band These students would never “blow their own horn,” so we will do it for them! Congratulations to jazz band seniors, Anna Sansbury and Josh Lencse, for their successful performances at Sacred Music Florida. Anna received a Superior rating in the Solo Contest and first place in the senior division. Josh also received a Superior rating in the Solo Contest and second place in the senior division....

We congratulate sixth-grade student, Camilla Zayas-Cruz, and eighth-grade student, Bryan Wells, for their acceptance into the Florida Youth Orchestra (FYO). With over 400 members, FYO is an audition-based youth orchestra with five orchestras of differing levels. Both students will play in the Symphony Orchestra, the second-highest level. Auditions take place each spring to give students the opportunity to advance to a higher level. Because of COVID-19, auditions could not be in person this year. Camilla, who is currently playing in the eighth grade WA orchestra, used Zoom for her audition. However, for Bryan, FYO invited him to the next level based...

Last week, our Fine Arts students enjoyed the benefit of joint partnerships Westminster Academy holds with two universities. First, our high school orchestra visited the University of South Florida in Tampa this past Thursday and Friday. At the invitation of Dr. William Wiedrich, the orchestra director at USF, high school students joined Dr. Wiedrich for a master class at their beautifully designed concert hall. “I first met Dr. Wiedrich at the Broward All-County Orchestra event where we became professional friends,” Mr. David Schwartz, WA Orchestra Director, explained. “He has conducted All-County and All-State events and offers much to the many students...

Middle school students traveled to Orlando last Friday, February 21, to perform. Just outside Universal Studios at the Lagoon, our talented seventh and eighth-grade students greeted guests with their music. They performed the “America, the Beautiful” by  Samuel Ward and “Stone Mountain Stomp” by Carl Strommen. The students also enjoyed a day at Universal. After the midday performance, the students spent the rest of the afternoon at the park. “These middle school orchestra students played with so much finesse,” said Mr. David Schwartz, Orchestra Director. ...

All-County Orchestra is a once-a-year event hosted with the best orchestra musicians in Broward County, both public and private schools. This year, nine students from Westminster Academy participated: Gold—High School Hannah Billings Alicia An Veronika Ferrell Silver—Middle School Samy Joseph Alex Kozich Bryan Wells Arabell An Angelie Sirois Sean Harms We are delighted to see our students perform with the best of Broward County!...