MUsic @ Westmoreland
Westmoreland is more than just a home to our congregation, it is a hub of music and artistic energy from a variety of ensembles. The musical life here primarily comprises the following organizations:
Westmoreland Chancel Choir
The chancel choir is the legacy of a grand history of high-quality music-making for and of the congregation. Each Sunday the musical portions of the worship service enhance the scripture and sermon focus for the day, and the Chancel Choir is the foundation of that ministry. They since everything from Palestrina to Poulenc, Taverner to Tavener, Hogan to Howells, and are joined throughout the year by soloists, guests, ensembles, and collaborators. Click HERE to learn more.
Westmoreland Festival Chorus
The Festival Chorus is a community organization that prepares both Sacred and secular works for the Bethesda community and raises funds for local charities and service organizations. A part of the social outreach activities of the church, the choir is made up of a diverse group of singers from the surrounding areas and beyond, and engages both amateur and professional musicians, frequently collaborating with local orchestras and soloists. Click HERE to learn more.
Great Noise Ensemble
Great Noise Ensemble is the 2018-2019 Ensemble in Residence at Westmoreland Church. Since it's founding in 2005, it has been a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music. They have presented world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of major works of the last 45 years, in venues ranging from local churches to the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center. Click HERE to learn more.
Green Stairwell Concert Series
Inspired by the acoustics of Westmoreland’s own ugly green stairwell, this new project seeks to push the expectations of the concert-going experience through new and rarely performed music, strange venues and formats, collaborations between artists of various disciplines, and limited attendance audiences. It is meant to bring artists together, promote the creation of new works, and offer audiences an intimate look into the sometimes strange echos of our time. Click HERE to learn more.
Washington Conservatory of Music
It is because of the Washington Conservatory that the halls of Westmoreland are filled with music every day throughout the year. Established as an independent nonprofit community music school in 1984, WCM is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and teaches students of all ages and levels under the guidance of its international artist-faculty. They sponsor a free community orchestra for amateur adult musicians, and present a series of free professional concerts at Westmoreland. Click HERE to learn more.
Marlow Guitar Series
The mission of Marlow Guitar International is to create community through music, by drawing people together for entertainment, education, and inspiration. The Marlow Guitar Series presents the best classical guitarists from around the world in concert, and in master classes and workshops for young people. Click HERE to learn more.