Explore Westlake



Westlake Girls is proud of its vibrant and busy Music Department with many and varied co-curricular ensemble groups that contribute to its longstanding reputation for excellence. Each Premier ensemble group has a development pathway leading in, ensuring that every young musician is developed, whatever their starting level. Our association with Westlake Boys High School allows us to cooperate in numerous mixed ensembles, providing socialisation through music making. For many years the Westlake schools have dominated regional and national music competitions as well as achieving great success in many international competitions.

2019 was an outstanding year of success for our premier groups. At the Big Sing Finale, our premier all-girls choir Cantare won a Gold award – its third consecutive Gold in this competition.

At the KBB Festival Westlake Symphony Orchestra was awarded Gold and “Best Performance of a Romantic Work”. Westlake Concert Band was awarded Gold and “Best Performance of an Arranged Work and Pre-1950 Work”. Westlake Big Band was awarded Gold, Westlake Chamber Orchestra Silver, Taharoto Orchestra Bronze and Symphonic Band Bronze. Both the Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band were invited to perform again in the Gala Concert as one of the top four ensembles in their category. Many Westlake students also participated in the KBB Honours Orchestra and Jazz Band, directed by the adjudicators.

In the NZ National Chamber Music Competition, two students from WGHS performed with their groups – Sputnik and Orbit – both making it through to the semi-finals out of more than 400 groups.

A major highlight of 2018 was the combined Choralation and Voicemale choirs (comprised of 27 Westlake Girls students and 50 Westlake Boys students) tour to Italy. This exceptional trip included performances in in Rome, St Peter’s Basilica in Vactican City, Florence, Sienna, Pisa and Venice.

A tour to New York, Boston and Toronto in 2020 was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19, however as soon as it’s safe, another overseas tour will be planned.

During the year, all of the Westlake music ensembles perform within the school and for the local community, with annual highlights being Gala Showcase Concert in Term 3.

Check out Westlake for yourself

If you’d like to experience music at Westlake, our fabulous video is well worth a watch.

SOUNZ – the Centre for New Zealand Music features videos some of Westlake’s performances over the past few years. SOUNZ facilitates recording and promotion of New Zealand orchestral works for school and non-professional orchestras. You can see the videos here.  You can also watch a clip of Cantare performing at the National Finale of The Big Sing in 2019 where they won Gold.

Music Opportunities


Cantare Premier (girls) Director: Fiona Wilson
Choralation Premier (mixed) Director: Rowan Johnston
Cigno Voce Senior development (girls) Director: Rachel Carson
Nota Bella Junior development (girls) Director: Helen Acheson
Kotahi Voices All comers (girls) Director: Rachel Carson

 Instrumental Groups

Westlake Symphony Orchestra Premier (mixed) Director: David Squire
Westlake Chamber Orchestra Premier (mixed) Director: Miranda Adams
Westlake Concert Band Premier (mixed) Director: Warwick Robinson
Westlake Big Band Premier (mixed) Director: Hayley Barker
Taharoto Orchestra Development (girls) Director: Fleur Knowles
Symphonic Band Development (girls) Director: Jono Howan


Chamber Music groups Premier and development
(across schools)
Rock Bands Development (girls) Tutor: James Bristow
Volante String Group Development (girls) Tutor: Alison Salmons
Flute Choir Development (girls) Tutor: Mary O’Brien


Auditions for orchestra participation in 2022 will be held on the following dates 

Instrument Auditioner Dates Available Time Slots
Brass Harmen Vanhoorne Wednesday 10 November 2021  1.30 – 5.30pm
    Thursday 11 November 2021 1.30 – 5.30pm
Woodwind Uwe Grodd Tuesday 2 November 2021 1.30pm – 5.30pm
    Thursday 4 November 2021 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Strings Emma Dann Wednesday 3 November 2021 4.30 – 7.30pm
    Thursday 4 November 2021 1.30 – 4.30pm
    Friday 5 November 2021 1.30 – 5pm
    Saturday 6 November 2021 12 – 5pm

You can book your auditions here:

Year 8 Choral Audition Form

Strings Audition Form

Woodwind Audition Form

Brass Audition Form


Students in Year 9 in 2022 will have the chance to audition at the start of Term 1 2022.

Here is the music for our Choral Auditions for 2022 (The Sally Gardens):

The Sally Gardens


If you wish to make contact with a music staff member you can email Ms Reji on or phone 09 489-4169 ext 284.

Westlake Symphony Orchestra auditions - Grade 6 and above

Bass Trombone
Tenor Trombone
Double Bass
French Horn

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