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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.

Itinerant Instrumental and Vocal Music Lessons 2024
Expressions of Interest Now Open

Expressions of Interest are now open for Instrumental and Vocal Music lessons for 2024.

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


Year 9 Music Academy

Year 9 Music Academy is a full year specialist music course catering for experienced musicians who are currently learning a musical instrument (including voice). Students develop ensemble awareness by performing in a class orchestra, vocal ensembles, small chamber groups, and pop rock bands. Music Academy offers an extension level of practical music-making (theory and composition) and musicianship (theory and aural skills). There are performance opportunities at school events, community concerts, and local music festivals and students will attend a live orchestra performance. 

Year 9 Music Academy replaces Year 9 Core Music and 3 other option subject rotations. Please apply below:


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: Fiona Wilson
Cigno Voce Senior development (girls) Director: Rachel Carson
Nota Bella Junior development (girls) Director: Elise Bradley
Kotahi Voices All comers (girls) Director: Gnesyer Gomez

 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: Eddie Hare
Taharoto Orchestra Development (girls) Director: Jono Palmer
Symphonic Band Development (girls) Director: Jono Howan
Jazz Band Development (girls) Director: Jono Howan

   Other Ensembles

Chamber Music groups Premier and development
(across schools)
Rock Bands Development (girls) Tutor: James Bristow
Volante String Group Development (girls) Tutor: Alison Salmons
Silver Keys Flute Choir Development (girls) Tutor: Hye-Won Suh

Open Evening

Open Evening for students wanting to enrol at Westlake Girls for 2025

We will be holding an Open Evening for those considering enrolling at Westlake Girls in 2025 on Tuesday, 23 July. There will be a brief talk at 4 pm and repeated at 6 pm in our Event Centre. These talks will then be followed by guided tours of the school. All are welcome. No need to book; just come along.

Online enrolment opens 1 July.