Performing at the VA Center

On April 13th, students from the Wauwatosa West Orchestra played at the Zablock VA Center in Milwaukee. Students from Symphony Orchestra performed at a volunteer recognition ceremony, while students at Concert Orchestra played for veterans in the domiciliary.


VA Medical Center Outreach

On April 13th, 2015 students from the Tosa West Orchestra performed at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Half of the students played for veterans in the domiciliary, and the other half played for a volunteer recognition ceremony. Here is a link to some pictures from the VA Center’s Flickr.

VA Medical Center: April 13th Field Trip

The Wauwatosa West Orchestra was awarded a grant from the Meemic Foundation in the amount of $500 to pursue community outreach opportunities. The money they granted us will go toward transportation for field trips.

Our first field trip this year will be to the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee on Monday, April 13th. Students should be bringing home a permission form, due back to me on Thursday (before spring break, since the field trip will be the first day back from spring break).

Honors Recital, April 18th

The Wauwatosa West Orchestra Parent Association is hosting a recital for students who qualified to go to State Solo and Ensemble! It will be a showcase highlighting top student performers. For more information, please click the link to our flier, designed by orchestra parent Erin Fassbender:



Solo and Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the district level WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival! There were many beautiful performances, and a number of students even advanced to the state level.

State Solo and Ensemble is held at UW-Milwaukee on April 25th, 2015. There is an error in the district calendar saying that it is being held at West on May 2nd. This is incorrect!

Students will receive their times for the State festival a few days before April 25th.

Thank you to all of the students and their families for making this day a success. There were various orchestra parents and students volunteering as room monitors, score runners, relief people, and concessions workers. We also appreciate the help with set-up and tear-down.


This year, I asked the orchestra students if they would be interested in adopting a family (through Tosa Cares) as an orchestra program wide service project. Two of our students, Megan Stoffel and Alex Lee, took on leadership roles. They addressed the audience at our winter concert, and we were able to raise over $300 with which to buy requested items! Also, various audience members and orchestra families volunteered to bring in certain items. I am proud that our orchestra community was able to do this, and I hope that this becomes a winter concert tradition.