Fall Concert – The first concert of the school year features all four WSHS choirs performing choral works from numerous composers in a variety of musical styles and genres. In addition to sacred and secular European masterworks, this concert often presents some traditional American music, including spirituals, gospel songs, and show and jazz standards.
“Breakfast with Santa “– The second Saturday in December in the WSHS Cafeteria. Our annual fun-fair holiday extravaganza. Students host fun-fair games and activities like face painting, cupcake walk, and ornament decorating, and even help children write letters to Santa. Students are also dressed as animated characters and superhero’s. Tickets go on sale at the beginning of December and can be purchased online or at the door.
Winter Concert – Our Winter Concert follows on the heels of our Breakfast with Santa fundraiser and leads us all into a celebration of the holiday season. A combined choir finale and special small group numbers are highlights of this concert.
“All that Jazz” – Students have the opportunity to audition to be cast in this 2-hour cabaret style fundraiser. Students will sing and dance as they perform show tunes from well known and new musicals. This is a two evening performance event in February that requires multiple rehearsals in January in February. Students should look for audition information in November. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Pyramid Concert – February. This is an opportunity for the schools in the WSHS Pyramid to perform together on the WSHS stage. A combined finale piece consisting of Elementary, Middle School, and High School students is the highlight of this event.
Pre-Festival Concert – WSHS Auditorium- This concert provides our choirs the opportunity to showcase for the public the musical selections they have prepared for their participation in the District XI Choral Festival (see below). The Pre-Festival Concert occurs a few days before the Choral Festival Weekend.
Choral Festival – Each year, the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) sponsors several statewide choral events for chorus members. The NAfME has divided the state into sixteen districts. West Springfield High School is in District XI. The District XI Choral Assessment is an event open to all schools in our district. Each chorus performs a warm-up selection and two adjudicated selections before a panel of three judges. The judges grade each chorus on their performance, giving each chorus a rating (superior, excellent, good, or fair) and comments. Each chorus is also judged on their sight-reading ability. This concert is open to the public and takes places from Friday to Saturday during the third week of March.
Spring Trip – Orlando, Boston, New York, Nashville, the possibilities are endless. Each year students have an opportunity to participate in the annual spring trip. Fundraising beings as early as October.
Spring Show – The capstone of our school year, this concert always has a show business theme, from Disney to Broadway and beyond. Popular tunes,choreography, and a traditional send-off for our graduating seniors make this a fun and memorable evening for all.
*Concerts are free and open to the public, except where otherwise noted.