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 the spring.

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 men in grades 8-12 perform 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 women from grades 8-12 performs music at school concerts and events, including home athletic games. The Literary Trio is auditioned from this group.

Middle School Chorus
All choral students from grades 6-8 make up this group. A variety of styles are performed from classical to oldies to contemporary pop music. This group also participates in concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Literary
There are several areas of literary competition: piano, girl’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 is an annual event that is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association. It is open to students in any of the above ensembles. 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, students are selected to perform under nationally-known conductors.

All-State Reading Chorus, Grades 9-12
This is an event that is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educator’s Association and is open to grades 9-12 choral students who sight-read exceptionally well.

District Honor Chorus, Grade 6
 This is an event that is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educator’s Association and is open to sixth grade choral students. The event is typically held in March during the school day in Columbia County, and students perform a free concert in the evening open to the public.

Statewide Honor Chorus, Grade 6
This is an event that 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. Students usually rehearse two 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 is an annual event that is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association. All choral students are encouraged to participate.

Chapel Band
This band is comprised of both Middle and Upper School students who lead worship music in chapel.

Beginning Band, Grade 6
 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, Grades 7 and 8
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.