The High School music program contains an array of choices for every student.
Every High School student takes part in the program and may choose which class to join, with the exception of Freshmen, who are required to take one term of instrumental music (orchestra or guitar class). Course offerings have included orchestra, choir, jazz band, guitar ensemble, flamenco, African drumming, and bell choir. Each course centers around formal performances in January and May. Students are graded on attendance, participation, preparedness, and concert performance. We focus on musicianship, advanced technique, listening skills, and theoretical knowledge.
OMEA (Oregon Music Educators Association)
All students have the opportunity to audition for All-State and All-Northwest in orchestra, choir, jazz band, and concert band. To audition, students prepare intensively and then record a CD with Mr. or Mrs. Averill. Nomination is a great honor. All-State brings together the highest-achieving music students within the state of Oregon, and All-Northwest the highest-achieving music students from six western states. Over the last 10 years, PWHS has had 75 students go on to All-State or All-Northwest.
District and State Solo Contest Through OMEA
Students can also participate in the district solo contest. If a student wins his/ her instrument category or places second, he/she advances to the state solo competition. Winners from each district then compete at the state level. Over the years, PWHS as had winners in voice, flute, cello, violin, and viola.