Welcome Students and Parents! Happy New Year and welcome to our orchestra. I cannot begin to express my excitement for this coming school year. I look forward to working with you and your child for the foreseeable future. It’s important for me to continue the strong collaboration and partnership with you, the parents, and our community; for it is the reason that the West Springfield Orchestra program continues to grow each year.
I encourage all parents to join us at our bi-monthly booster meetings, we keep them short and sweet. Meetings occur every other month.
I look forward to working with all of the groups to obtain a high level of musicianship that can only come from hard work and commitment to themselves and one another. As your music director, my job will be to provide you with the resources and tools to perform to one’s musical aspirations, for the student’s and the ensemble. Along the way, I also hope to instill a love and curiosity of music that will last a lifetime.
~Mrs. Jennifer Herrera
The West Springfield Orchestra program consists of three outstanding string ensembles, as well as a full orchestra. All groups perform publicly throughout the year and receive high marks at assessments and competition. Each group is made up of dedicated students who have a passion for music and performance. We are proud to be part of the Fairfax County Public School System, a strong and vibrant music community. Who believes through performance, creativity, investigation and connections that music contributes to a well rounded student.
The West Springfield Chamber Orchestra has had the honor at performing at the White House twice and at the 2015 Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk, VA. We are also proud to say that our music department has been nationally recognized by VBODA (VA Band & Orchestra Director’s Asson.) as a Blue Ribbon School. In 2017, 30 of our students participated in our first overseas tour in Scotland, a truly unforgettable experience.
The orchestra program provides opportunities for students to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to be become musically literate and well-rounded individuals. West Springfield High School mission and vision for all students is to understand that learning happens everywhere, that we strive for excellence, and we learn from our diversity and the world around us. Orchestra allows us to do all of this. We provide an environment for students to explore music as a life skill, either as a vocation or as an avocation. The musical experience is one of self discovery. The goal of music education is to provide students with an environment that promotes learning, opportunities and structure. I believe that music education is a gateway to intellectual curiosity, that improvement is based on effort and the process of learning is equally as important as the final product. Music is performance and technique driven, but it is also history, dance, literature, science and culture. I hope that upon graduation from WSHS, all of our musicians take with them a lifelong commitment and desire to continue in some way with their music actively or passively.