Student instrumentalists performed in the Chamber and Solo Music concert Feb 24. During this concert, small student chamber groups and soloists composed of members of Harvard-Westlake’s (HW) Symphony showcased pieces they had selected several weeks prior as music teacher Emily Reola conducted.
Students first auditioned to perform solo works. Then, each member of Symphony was assigned a chamber group and selected a piece to learn. Several instructors were brought in to help the students further their learning and improve. Additionally, the whole Symphony orchestra learned a piece to perform at the end of the concert.
Many instrumentalists enjoyed the experience of working in small groups as opposed to a large orchestra.
“[Each student] was able to focus on improving their individual musical abilities because we were in smaller groups,” Sarina Smolev ’22 said.
Additionally, students found this experience valuable to their music education.
“From this experience, I gained a better understanding of music throughout periods of history…I also gained a strong relationship with my chamber group, and I am very grateful for that,” Frances Ross ’22 said.