Hello all! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break!
This is my favorite time of year, because it is when all of our hard work starts to get shown off for our friends and family! So check out the options below and escape the finals stress by coming to support your local VAPA groups!
Thursday, December 5th at 7pm in Anderson Hall: Winter Choral Concert
Come see our 4 choirs perform holiday favorites and other choral pieces. Camerata, Women’s Choir, Chorus, and Vocale Royale (our a cappella club) will all be showcasing their favorite pieces of 2019, including some holiday favorites! And a special appearing by Hale MS! $5 at the door, and bring some extra cash for a bake sale and hot drinks!
Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30pm in Anderson Hall: Winter Instrumental Music Concert Check out Orchestra, both Jazz Bands, and Marching Band all perform in their big end of the semester show – this is one not to miss! Admission is free – come one, come all!
Wednesday, December 11th – Saturday, December 14th at 7pm in the Grieb Theater: ECR Drama presents Rumors by Neil Simon
Rumors is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home located just outside of New York in the year 1988. Guests arrive at a 10th Anniversary Dinner when something suspicious brings the event to a halt. Mystery and comedy brew. $15 online or at the door.
Buy your tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4444045
Thursday, December 12th at 7pm at the Pierce Performing Arts Center: Pierce Holiday Choir Concert
Entitled “Brightest and Best,” this year’s LAPC Music Holiday concert features the choral works of Shawn Kirchner, Andy Beck, Mark Hayes, Pentatonix and more! Dr. Garineh Avakian is the conductor. ECR Camerata will be special guest and will sing with the Pierce choir and their own selections. Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4344730
January 6th – 18th at CSUN’s main art gallery: CSUN High School Invitational
The High School Invitational showcases selected work made by students from over thirty San Fernando Valley high schools, in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, and photography, among others. In conjunction with the High School Invitational, the West Gallery will feature the work of the high school art teachers. A reception will be held on January 17, 7-9pm. Find out more here: https://mailchi.mp/cc5efad79e06/21st-high-school-invitational-1371835?e=9ef72c4419
The first week in December is show week for our performing arts groups!
On Monday, Dec. 3rd, our instrumental program will be having their Winter Concert. On Tuesday, Dec. 4th, our choral program will be having their Winter Concert. Both will take place in Anderson Hall. More info about these to follow.
Wednesday Dec. 5th through Saturday Dec. 8th, please come out to see our drama program in their show! See the flyer and teaser trailer below!
It was a busy week…so busy, that I haven’t had a chance to post in a bit. But here are the highlights!
On October 30th, Mr. Thurow’s orchestra and jazz band put on a joint Halloween concert. They were amazing! Orchestra played some timeless classics, like Vivaldi’s Winter movement from The Four Seasons, and some more modern works, including This is Halloween by Danny Elfman. Jazz band rocked the stage, including some favorites like Watermelon Man and Sing, Sing, Sing in their set. Nice job to all the musicians – really well done!
This weekend was a busy one for VAPA – three competitions all on Saturday! Our choral and instrumental programs worked together to time their performance slots in order to allow 5 members to make it from the Hart Rampage Field Tournament in the morning to the Choral Magic Choir Competition in the afternoon, and back again! Thanks to the determination of those 5 students and a kindhearted mom who drove them, neither group had to compromise. We do our best to let our VAPA students participate in more than one emphasis whenever we can.
Marching Band and Dance Guard had competitions two weekends in a row! At Hart Rampage at College of the Canyons, they got their highest scores yet and placed 2nd in their division. And the previous weekend at the Simi Valley HS Band Spectacular, Percussion won 1st place in their division, Band won Sweepstakes in their division and Dance Guard won Overall Sweepstakes!
Camerata and Women’s Choir also performed well at the Choral Magic Choir Competition at Magic Mountain. They both placed 3rd in their categories. Women’s Choir rated Excellent, and Camerata rated Superior! And their amazing accompanist, Charlotte Knorzer, won a special Outstanding Accompanist award…nice job to all!
Finally, a huge congratulations to the Drama Department for winning seven…yes, SEVEN trophies at the JV DTASC Fall Festival on Saturday! They left school before dawn and arrived back after sunset with huge smiles on their faces! The awards are listed below:
WINNER – SPIRIT AWARD!
2nd place – small group comedy
2nd place – large group comedy
3rd place – SWEEPSTAKES!
3rd place – student original
5th place – large dramatic scene
5th place – musical
Our VAPA Academy is always busy creating new opportunities for our artists! Here is an update on what we have just done and are doing…
Our Local Vocals Club just mounted their Fall Showcase last night in the Grieb Theater. featuring 20 acts out of about 40 who auditioned. The show was a smash, thanks to many different members of VAPA: the Local Vocals members, who held auditions, led workshops in performance technique, and organized and promoted the entire event; the Graphic Design students, who created multiple beautiful flyers for Local Vocals to choose from; and the Drama students, who hung and focused lights, set up the sound, and helped backstage.
The Drama students are preparing for the DTASC Fall Festivals! They compete with other Los Angeles schools in various categories featuring comedic, serious, and musical plays. For example, one category this year is It’s Nice to be Nominated, a play that was nominated for a Tony but did not win. These students have been working hard in class and after school to perfect their scenes, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us! Come to their preview show at the Grieb Theater on Oct. 18th at 7:00pm – it’s free!