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About the Program

A Brief History

The Avon Community Schools Orchestra Program (Avon, IN) was founded in 2007 by Mr. Dean Westman.  Initially, the program started with 35 beginning orchestra students and now involves over 600 orchestra students grades six through twelve with five full-time orchestra directors. The program aims to provide positively-life changing experiences for its members and aims to use music as a vehicle to positively empower students.  Students experience sequential string instruction, grades six (beginning grade) through twelve with the high school program offering audition-based ensembles.  The Avon Community Schools Orchestra Program has frequently been recognized as one of the nation's top orchestra programs.  Recent program accolades include:

2022: ISSMA Orchestra State Champion

2019: ISSMA Orchestra State Champion

2018: ISSMA Orchestra State Champion

2017: ISSMA Orchestra State Runner-Up

2015: Avon Middle Schools Chamber Orchestra selected as one of only two middle school orchestras worldwide to perform at the prestigious 69th Annual Midwest Clinic

Orchestra Staff

Dean Westman: Program Founder, Director of Orchestras, and Performing Arts Department Chair at Avon High School (Email:

Joel Powell: Associate Director of Orchestras and Director of String Activities at Avon High School (Email:

Carmen Smith: Director of Avon Middle School North Orchestras (Email:


Kyle Miller: Director of Avon Middle School South Orchestras (Email:

John McCaffrey: Director of Avon Intermediate School East Orchestras, Grade 6 (Email:

Meagan Barnett: Director of Avon Intermediate School West Orchestras, Grade 6 (Email:

Our Mission
The Avon Orchestra Way
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