The West Ottawa High School Symphony Band and Chamber Orchestra were both selected to perform in DeVos Hall at the 2018 Michigan Music Conference, in Grand Rapids, on Friday, January 26, 2018. The Michigan Music Conference is the state music convention for K-12 Music Educators. The conference features professional development clinics for educators and performances by top ensembles from around Michigan.
Being invited to perform at the Michigan Music Conference is the highest honor a high school concert band or orchestra can receive in the state of Michigan, and it is the second time that the West Ottawa High School Symphony Band and Chamber Orchestra have been selected to perform at the statewide conference. Chamber Orchestra is one of only two high school orchestras in the state selected to perform this year, and Symphony Band is one of only four large high school bands given this honor. There were a record number of groups that applied to perform at this year’s Michigan Music Conference. Applicants must submit recordings of their group’s performances to be considered for this honor.
West Ottawa is one of just a few schools in the state that have had both their top band and orchestra selected to perform at MMC in the same year, and to have so many performing groups at the conference over the last few years (Symphony Band 2012 & 2018, Chamber Orchestra 2014 & 2018, Jazz I 2014, Select Women’s Ensemble 2011 & 2016).
“I am extremely proud of our students for the work they have put in to performing very challenging literature at the highest level. We have amazing kids that we are blessed to work with every day. I look forward to an outstanding performance with them.” – Quote from Director Mike Hamann