Chamber & Concert Orchestra
The Westland High School orchestras consist of string players in grades 9-12. These ensembles meet five days a week during 7th period. There is an emphasis on comprehensive musicianship with a focus on music theory and instrumental technique as it relates to the music being performed. The chamber orchestra is mostly comprised of upperclassmen and those who are advanced on their instruments. These students will perform in concerts and compete at OMEA State Orchestra contest. The concert orchestra is mostly comprised of underclassmen and those who are still developing fundamental musical skills.
Placement in an orchestra is done through auditions which take place after the first orchestra concert. While each of the orchestra represents different levels of development, we believe it is vital that all students should be provided with the same opportunities at a developmentally appropriate level. Both orchestras will have the opportunity to participate in concerts, and solo and ensemble contest. Only chamber orchestra will compete at OMEA large group contest.
The Westland High School Orchestras have performed out of state, most recently being in Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida.