Providing Excellent Music Education in New Westminster Since 1960

"The Music Department at NWSS played a pivotal role in forming my enthusiasm and dedication to music during those formative high school years. The excellent teachers on staff made the learning environment totally communal and ensured that music was something that their students could identify with and always feel a part of. I played percussion in concert band, guitar in jazz band (and even a bit of saxophone in grade 12!), and have many fond memories of great concerts, trips and after school jam sessions."

- Karl Hirzer, Associate Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic


JAZZ BAND 2019/2020 Auditions

Potential jazz students must audition for placement in one of three jazz ansembles:  Jazz A, Jazz B, and Jazz C.  Jazz A will rehearse on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 PM;  Jazz B will rehearse on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 AM;  and Jazz C will rehearse on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7 AM.  For the audition, students should pick up the assigned piece in the bandroom (Jelly Roll, by Charles Mingus, for Trombones, and Sandu, by Clifford Brown, for all other instruments).  Listening to the original recordings is encouraged.
Auditions will be held in the first two weeks of school in September.  Good luck to all potential jazzers!


Chamber Choir 2019/2020 Auditions

Students interested in singing in chamber choir for 2019/2020 must sign up for an audition.

For the audition, students should prepare a short piece in a classical, folk or musical theatre style. A song from this year's repertoire would be a good choice.
Singers will also sing some vocal exercises in the audition led by Ms Proznick, similar to a choral vocal warm-up.
Successful applicants will be informed by email by June 24.

Audition dates/times are:
Thursday June 13 at lunch
Thursday June 13 after school
Monday June 17 after school
Wednesday June 19 after school
Thursday June 20 at lunch

Sign up for an audition by clicking the link below

Questions? Email Ms Proznick at 


Upcoming Events


June 23rd - A New West Summer Night's Dream


June 27 - Graduation Ceremonies. Choir performs.


JULY 8th - 26th - Band Camp!  This year's theme:  "At the Movies".  Contact Mr. Clements at for registration details.



Make a donation to the music department!

You can donate to any student participating in the bandathon by clicking the above button. On PayPal you will be able to enter the name of the student you want to receive your donation.



I TROMBONI, performing for New West students on May 3rd, 2018:


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Clothing Drive Fundraiser ENDS JANUARY 26th, 2019

Any donations after this date will count toward trips in 2020 instead of 2019.

Monday to Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 12-4:30pm
Closed on Sundays & stat holidays


A fundraiser! Drop off unwanted clothing, accessories and other cloth items to Big Brothers Depot in Sapperton and make money for every pound collected in your name!

Tell friends, neighbours, family and others to take their unwanted items to the Big Brothers Depot (15 Braid Street around the back of the building in unit #221- New Westminster) Big Brothers Clothing Donation at ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR. You must drop off during business hours and fill out the donation form, being certain to list "NWSS Music" as the donor recipient as well as the name of the student you want to support. You will get a yellow copy of the donations slip, which you should return to the music department for tracking purposes.

To raise money to be used towards trips! 100% of the profit earned by individual students goes directly into their student accounts to be used towards their spring band/choir trip.

Acceptable Items for Donation (no dirty or soiled items, no housewares/tools/furniture/etc)

Clothing for men, women and children
Accessories (belts, hats, scarves)
Purses, wallets, backpacks and bags
Shoes and boots
Towels, tablecloths, curtains and linens
Under garments, nylons and socks
Blankets, bedding and pillows
Some tips for succesful fundraising with the Clothing Drive

Offer to pick up people's items on a selected date. Ask them to put items outside in bags clearly marked with your name and do a mini clothing drive blitz. Load up your vehicle and deliver the donations yourself!
Don't forget to remind your donors to fill out the donation form indicating your name and NWSS MUSIC.




Check out our new Promo video!  Music education is fun for everyone!

Donate to NWSS Music!


Much of our ability to purchase new equipment and instruments, as well as maintain repairs, is realized through donations. We appreciate any support you may be able to offer the NWSS Music department and our students.

Donations can come in all shapes and sizes...

We are ACCEPTING donations of all kinds, whether it be cash or cheque, or used instruments of all sorts.

Our goals are:

  • to provide good quality instruments to students who need them;
  • to provide scholarships for our students’ future studies;
  • to make our band and choir trips affordable for everyone.

Gifts large and small are very much appreciated.  We currently do not need any pianos, although excellent, high quality pianos might be useful.

Make a gift in honour of your favourite student, teacher or in memory of a loved one – or simply because you love music and the opportunity for students to learn and perform. It’s a wonderful way to support the music program which means so much to our students, their families and our community.

Leave a legacy of harmony!

For more information on the many ways you can make a gift, email Miss Proznick ( or Mr. Clements (

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