"Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!"
Music has always played a key role in the lives of people of Christian faith, offering the opportunity to express God-given creativity and to worship their Creator. At WCS, music is a core facet of many of our students’ school experience as they create beautiful music and perform for the glory of God.
From the Early Learning Center to High School, students participate in a variety of music classes, lessons, and performance groups. Opportunities to perform are plenteous, including concerts, fine arts festivals, music competitions, and chapel worship teams.
Middle School Concert Band
Our Middle School Concert Band is the cornerstone of the Upper School’s successful band program. It is at this level when students develop a foundation in musical training. In learning music pieces from various time periods and composers, the student is able to understand different rhythms, melodies, and harmonies necessary for individual and group development. Band provides the opportunity for individual participation which leads to a productive and accomplished group as a whole. Students learn teamwork and gain self-fulfillment as well as self-discipline in Band.
This course is open to all instrumentalists, grades 6 – 8, who are studying privately or are involved in group lessons, having successfully completed a minimum of one year of study on a band instrument.
Middle School Chorus
Our Middle School Chorus is a performance ensemble with emphasis on beginning music theory, sight-singing, ear-training and music history. Repertoire is appropriate for the age group.
High School Concert Band
The High School Concert Band strives to be the premier band of the instrumental music department. At this level, most students should have all ready been involved in previous years of musical training, making the concert band a rich culmination of talents. High School Concert Band promotes further, in-depth studies of varying genres, time periods, composers and harmonies necessary for individual and group development. Band also provides the opportunity for individual participation resulting in an exceptional group which sets the standard for all other instrumental programs. Students learn teamwork and gain self-fulfillment as well as self-discipline.
This course is open to all instrumentalists, grades 9 – 12 who are studying privately or are involved in group lessons, having successfully completed a minimum one year of study on a band instrument.
High School Jazz Band
Jazz Band offers another rich opportunity to expand musical horizons. Jazz has been defined as a genre of music that originated in New Orleans (circa 1900) and is characterized by prominent meter, improvisation, distinctive tone colors, performance techniques and dotted, syncopated rhythmic patterns; and that’s only the beginning! In just over 100 years, the evolution of jazz has given birth to approximately two dozen distinct jazz styles. Jazz music thrives on instrumental diversities and continues to seek new levels of artistic expression.
Membership in the Jazz Band is by audition only.
All Jazz Band students must:
- Be a current a member of the WCS High School Concert Band
- Demonstrate a solid foundation of High School Concert Band requirements(perform all major scales up to and including 5 sharps or flats from memory)
High School Orchestra
Our orchestra combines the talents of our Upper School strings musicians and High School Concert Band members, creating a unique experience for our musicians. With music from Star Wars to Beethoven to Trans Siberian Orchestra, our repertoire is ever expanding and is a delight to our audiences.
High School Chorus
Our High School Chorus is an auditioned, mixed ensemble that performs repertoire from the choral tradition and studies beginning music theory, ear- training, sight-singing and music history.
Jubilee Singers is an auditioned SATB mixed ensemble that performs advanced repertoire from the choral tradition while studying advanced music theory, history, sight-singing and ear-training.