More than 100 musicians from Westlake High School will travel to Cincinnati later this week to perform at a prestigious state music conference.
The Westlake High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra were both chosen to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Conference in Cincinnati Friday. The Ohio Music Education Association is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities.
Few high school ensembles receive the distinction to perform at this event, and having two selected in the same year is a high achievement, said Raymond Walczuk, instrumental music instructor at the high school.
The road to Cincinnati began early last spring when Walczuk submitted recordings of these groups to the OMEA selection committee. Evaluation by the selection committee is done in an anonymous manner.
Walczuk was notified in August of the unique honor of having two groups from the high school invited to perform.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, made up of 66 students, will be one of eight bands performing during the three-day professional conference. Two of the other bands participating are from university programs.
The 46 members of the String Orchestra can count themselves as members of one of seven orchestras selected by the OMEA committee.