Music

Overview

Band Program

Western Canada High School has a tradition of excellence in the offering of its instrumental music programs. We are proud to say that annually we have over 250 students who enrol in our instrumental music program and perform as proud members of the Western Canada High School Band Program. Within our program we have three preforming concert bands. The Grade 10 Concert Band, The Grade 11 Symphonic Band and the Grade 12 Wind Ensemble. Each ensemble is a featured performance ensemble open to students with previous experience in instrumental music. The band program courses exist as co-curricular to complement our outstanding academic and other co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.

Yearly students in the band program work extensively with professional musicians from across North America to build on their individual musical skill set. In addition the various ensembles in the Band Program partake in fall band camps to Banff and Caroline AB and participate in an annual spring music tour across North America. Finally, our band and choral programs have the outstanding opportunity to perform our annual Winter and Year End Concerts at the Jack Singer Concert Hall which is a world class performance venue.

Students enrolled in the Band Program receive 5 credits for the following full year courses that operate in the AM scheduled block twice a week. The operation of these courses in the AM block allows our outstanding student population the opportunity to take these courses without running into any conflicts within their day block schedule. Each course can be used towards Western Canada High School’s Professional Development In The Arts Certificate.



Instrumental Jazz Program

The Jazz program at Western includes options for grade 10,11 and 12 students in both instrumental and vocal performance. Junior Jazz Band, Senior Jazz Band and Jazz Singers rehearse in the PM block after school twice a week. They also perform within the school, in the community, at festivals and on trips. Students choosing to take Jazz must also be enrolled in a large performing band or choir.



Choral Program

With 100 singers in the choir program, there’s a choir for everyone at Western! No experience is required to be a part of the outstanding choirs in the choral program. There are three choirs within the program, The Festival Chorus, for treble singers new to the choral program at Western, The Concert Choir, for all baritone singers and treble singers who have advanced from the Festival Chorus, and the Jazz Singers, an auditioned ensemble dedicated to the development of the jazz idiom.

Singers in the choral program have multiple opportunities to work with internationally acclaimed clinicians throughout the year, helping to develop their skills in vocal technique, performing, and sight-reading. In the fall they attend camp in Chestermere, Alberta or participate in extended workshops at the school. All choirs participate in Choir Alberta’s Choralfest, providing them with an opportunity to hear choirs from around the province and to work with guest clinicians. The Concert Choir and Jazz Singers travel on a multi-day tour each spring, furthering their performance experience. In addition, our choral and band programs join for the Winter and Year-End Concerts at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America.

All students in the choral program are enrolled in a full year course that meets twice a week in the AM Block, before the start of regular classes.



Electronic Music Program

We are proud to offer this unique program to students at Western. Students will have an opportunity to work in a Mac based lab with attached MIDI keyboards, making use of Garage Band before moving on to Ableton Live 9 Suite, recognized industry wide as one of the leading DAWs for music production. Topics covered include music production in wide variety of styles, music theory and history. While musical experience is an asset, it is not required to take part in this program.