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Expressions of Interest Now Open

Expressions of Interest are now open for Instrumental and Vocal Music lessons for 2022.

Please complete the expression of interest form (link below), and you will then be emailed the relative information and conditions with a link to the contract.

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Music at Westlake Girls

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.

2021 was another outstanding year of success for our premier groups. Sadly, we were unable to compete in the finale of the Big Sing due to Covid. However, for the first time in history, the Westlake schools premier choirs (Cantare, Choralation and Voicemale) took a clean sweep of the top three awards at the Auckland Regional event held in June. The Auckland Regional results were: 

Best Festival Programme by a female choir: Cantare (Director Fiona Wilson)

Best Festival Programme by a mixed choir: Choralation (Director Rowan Johnston)

Best Festival Programme by a male choir: Voicemale (WBHS – Director David Squire)

Spirit of the Festival Award: Cantare (awarded for demonstrating leadership, community participation, collaboration and innovation).

We also had outstanding results at the KBB Festival with our premier mixed ensembles:

Westlake Symphony Orchestra (Conductor David Squire): Gold and Best Performance of a Romantic Work

Westlake Concert Band (Conductor Warwick Robinson): Gold and Best Performance of a pre-1950s Work

Westlake Chamber Orchestra (Conductor Miranda Adams): Silver

Westlake Big Band (Conductor Hayley Barker): Silver

Our development girls ensembles:

Taharoto Orchestra (Conductor Fleur Knowles): Bronze

2021 was a successful year for four Year 13 composition students who were awarded First, Third and two Highly Commended in the NZCF Federation Choral Composition Competition. Jonine Tiaka (pictured seated below) won with her composition piece Invictus. Lisa Qian came third equal with A Night Thought while Hannah Jones and Melody Zhang both received a Highly Commended for Voices of the Air and Tree at My Window respectively.

Also in 2021, Year 10 student, Kinda Kassibawi was successful in being selected as one of the 93 finalists in the Lion Foundation ‘Play it Strange’ Song Writing Competition.

Cantare choir was fortunate to be able to perform at two ANZAC memorial services at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and two our students (Alanah Jones and Madi Jagger) performed with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir. 

Cantare was also invited to perform with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in the Auckland Town Hall for the Discovery Concert programme. And while international travel wasn’t possible in 2021, four premier instrumental Westlake ensembles toured the North Island in July – shortly before New Zealand went into lockdown.

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

Choirs

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

   Ensembles

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

Due to Auckland’s extended Level 3 restrictions, we are unable to hold our orchestral auditions in person. We have now updated our audition process for new players for ensembles in 2022.

These auditions will now be via a digital submission and are for:

  • Year 8 students enrolled at WGHS & WBHS for 2022
  • Year 9 -12 students currently playing in a development ensemble, who wish to be considered for a premier ensemble.  

For players from Grade 3 – 5: please access the material in the Taharoto Orchestra Folder.

For players Grade 5 and above: please access the material in the Westlake Symphony Orchestra Folder.

(The material remains the same from the original folder, expect that sightreading has been removed.)

Students must record and submit a video of themselves playing the following:

  1. Scales
  2. Score Excerpt
  3. Solo piece (max. 3mins)

Videos must be recorded as continuous (in one take) with the student introducing themselves clearly at the start. Please name your file as you save it.

Once the video is recorded and saved, it can be submitted digitally to us via Google Classroom.

Please use the code qmik3mh for the Google Classroom ‘2021 Westlake Orchestral Auditions’.

In the Classwork folder, there are 3 ‘Assignment’ folders set up – Strings, Brass and Woodwind. Please submit your named video into the correct assignment folder. Only the adjudicators will be able to view the videos from these folders.

Videos must be submitted by Friday 12th November. Results of the auditions will be emailed to students before 17th December.

Any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our administrator Ruth Reji: rreji@westlakegirls.school.nz

Auditions for 2022 Choralation, Cantare, Nota Bella and Cigno Voce Choirs: 

Due to Auckland’s extended Level 3 restrictions, we are unable to hold our choral auditions in person this year. These will now be held during the first week of school, 2022. A google form sign up sheet for an audition time will be advertised with students and on the school website closer to the date. 

In the audition, every singer will sing “Sally Gardens” without accompaniment. Singers will also sing a scale for range and some ear tests will be given. The “Sally Gardens” sheet music and YouTube clip can be found on the Westlake Girls High School website. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our music administrator Ruth Reji rreji@westlakegirls.school.nz; or Phone: (09) 489-4169 ext. 284. 

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 rreji@westlakegirls.school.nz or phone 09 489-4169 ext 284.

Westlake Symphony Orchestra auditions - Grade 6 and above

Bass Trombone
Tenor Trombone
Bassoon
Cello
Clarinet
Double Bass
Flute
French Horn
Oboe
Trumpet
Tuba
Viola
Violin 

Starting Dates 2022

Welcome to 2022! We hope you are enjoying your summer holidays. A reminder that Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 start on Tuesday 1 February. Year 9s start on Wednesday 2 February. You can find all the details HERE