Middle & Upper School Music
Westminster’s music program is devoted to developing student talent for the benefit of others and the glory of God. We actively participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) which offers exceptional opportunities for students beyond the classroom. Students who participate in GMEA events receive awards on transcripts and at the Honors Day Assembly in May.
Chorale: This 50+ member high school choral group performs a wide variety of musical styles. The group performs at school concerts and festivals.
Men’s Ensemble: This group of selected 8th-12th grade men performs music at school concerts and events, including home athletic games. The Literary Quartet is auditioned from this group.
Women’s Ensemble: This group of selected 8th-12th grade women performs music at school concerts and events, including home athletic games. The Literary Trio is auditioned from this group.
Middle School Chorus: All Middle School choral students from 6th – 8th grades make up this group. A variety of styles are performed from classical to oldies to contemporary pop music. This group will also participate in concerts and festivals.
Literary: There are several areas of literary competition: piano, girls’s solo, boy’s solo, girl’s trio and boy’s quartet. These participants represent our school on the local and state levels in the spring, sponsored by the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA).
District Honor Chorus, Grades 7-12: This event is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association and is open to students in any of the above ensembles. This event will be on November 9, 2012, at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez. Students rehearse all day with prominent Georgia conductors and perform a free concert in the evening open to the public.
All-State Chorus, Grades 7-12: This is the most prestigious event sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association for grades 7-12. After two auditions, selected students perform in Savannah February 21-23, 2013, under nationally-known conductors. The first audition is Saturday, October 13, 2012, and includes scales, a memorized solo, sight-reading and a musical skills test. The second audition, for students who pass the first, is Saturday, January 19, and includes only the actual All-State choral music.
All-State Reading Chorus, Grades 9-12: This event is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educator’s Association and is open to 9th-12th grade choral students who sight-read exceptionally well. The audition is November 3, 2012, and the actual event is in Savannah during January 24-26, 2013.
District Honor Chorus, Sixth Grade: This event is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educator’s Association and is open to sixth grade choral students. The event is held in March during the school day in Columbia County, and students perform a free concert in the evening open to the public. Details will be announced later in the school year.
Statewide Honor Chorus, Sixth Grade: This event is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association, and participation is limited to the top three sixth grade choral students of each public and private school in Georgia. Held in Tifton, Georgia, the event is Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, 2013. Students rehearse both days with prominent conductors from the Southeast and perform a free concert in the evening open to the public.
Solo and Ensemble, Grades 6-12: This event is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association and is held at Westminster on Saturday morning, April 27, 2013. All choral students are encouraged to participate.
Chapel Band: These groups, comprised of both Middle and Upper School students, lead worship music in chapel.
Beginning Band, Sixth Grade: No prior musical experience is required for students to participate in the beginning band class. Band classes meet 4 times a week as one of the student’s elective courses. Instruments offered in beginning band are: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion.
Intermediate Band, seventh & Eighth Grade:Students enrolled in the intermediate band class should have some prior musical/instrumental experience. Band classes meet 4 times a week as one of the student’s elective courses. Performing opportunities offered for the students include concert band, pep band and district honor band (for selected students). Additional concerts are scheduled in December and April.