Music at Westlake


Welcome to Music

There is a thriving music department at WBHS that aims to provide the  best opportunities for students to enjoy making music together. Boys have the chance to participate in a variety of co-curricular groups,  both auditioned and un-auditioned. Our musicians have a reputation for  excellence and we aim to challenge and extend each student so that they  can succeed beyond their expectations.

The premier ensembles are combined with top musicians from Westlake  Girls High School to foster collaboration between the two schools and  allow students the opportunity to make music at the highest possible  level. The combined music groups from Westlake Boys and Girls High  Schools are consistent high achievers in both national and international  competitions and festivals. In 2016 all four premier music ensembles,  Westlake Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphony ORchestra and Big  Band,  won the Most Outstanding Awards in their respective categories at  the KBB Music Festival.  This was the last year that these awards were  presented.


BANDS at Westlake

Westlake Concert Band, conducted by Warwick Robinson,  performs a challenging repertoire of classical and contemporary pieces,  continuously stretching the students to play at their very highest  level.

Westlake Big Band – the premier Westlake Jazz ensemble, performing both classic and contemporary Jazz.

Other bands include the Westlake Boys Symphonic Band, an 80-piece un-auditioned band, Westlake Boys Stage Band, a junior jazz band, and numerous Rock Bands who work with teacher mentors, aiming to enter the national rock band competition Smokefree Rock Quest.


ORCHESTRAS at Westlake

Westlake Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Squire and Westlake Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mark Bennett both perform to a very high level and enjoy  playing a very broad repertoire across a range of eras and genres.Other  orchestras include Taharoto Orchestra, combined with Westlake Girls, Camerata Strings, our senior Boys string group and Conchordia our junior string group.


CHOIRS at Westlake

Our male voice choirs, Voicemale and Momentum, see nearly 100 boys rehearsing choral music each week, a tradition we  are extremely proud of. Voicemale is a consistent winner of the Best  Performance by a Male Choir at Big Sing Regional level and has been the  top performing male choir in the country at the Big Sing National Finale  for several years.

Voicemale conducted by David Squire 

Choralation (our combined choir with Westlake Girls  High School) remains the only choir to have won the top Platimum Award  for seven years at the National Finale of the Big Sing.

Choralation conducted by Rowan Johnston


2014 EUROPEAN TOUR

In 2014 the combined Westlake premier groups  travelled to Europe in July to perform in Germany, Austria and Hungary,  and to take part in the Prestigious “Summa cum Laude” music festival in  Vienna. It was a huge success with 124 students and 16 staff taking  part. After competing against school, youth and University level groups  from around the world, Westlake came home with top honours in three out  of the four categories:

  • Westlake Concert Band – 1st place 
  • Westlake Symphony Orchestra – 1st equal
  • Choralation – 1st equal, Mixed Choirs section
  • Westlake Chamber Orchestra – 3rd place