Some members of our orchestra got some exciting news this weekend. Lisa T., Alexis S., Trinity C., and Jared C. have qualified for the semi-finals of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Competition! This is a national competition for high school students. They sound fabulous and we wish them all the best!
What a great night of music at the Dinner Show!
Thank you to each person involved with the show… So much love and care going into this special evening to benefit our students. And weren’t they something else! These kids are inspiring and I am so happy to get to work with them.
The Dinner Show on Saturday is going to be an amazing event! The musical groups sound great and there are lots of great items and events to bid on. You won’t want to miss this super fun and worthwhile evening!
What a great Winter Retreat! It was the perfect mixture of fun, music learning, and nature!
Thank you to our wonderful chaperones Julia Dixon, Yvonne Lim, Rose Malmberg, and Julie Pao. Thank you to Robert and Brandon Torres for driving the truck with all our stuff. And thanks to all the students for coming and enjoying life!
Our annual Concerto Competition was held last Wednesday and there are four students who will be performing solos at the Concerto Concert in May. Congratulations go to:
- Stephanie H., flute
- Michael S., piano
- Lisa T., violin
- Anna Y., violin
Thank you to all the students who auditioned. You were all wonderful and I’m proud of each of you!
Well, it really does rain in Southern California… Sadly, last Thursday, the Orchestra was “rained out” of our Disneyland performance. Getting to spend the whole day at the park was a treat, though! A big thank you to our intrepid chaperones, Julia Dixon, Julia Jiao, and Yvonne Lim! Thank you to Robert and Brandon Torres for helping with the truck and the gear! And of course, thank you to Jason Stone who does all the paperwork and planning for this trip!
This week is a very big week! On Wednesday, after school, we will listen to students audition for our annual Concerto Concert in May. Good luck to each one of you! Then Friday, after school, up the mountain we go to our Winter Retreat! Please sign up to bring snacks for the students. They get so hungry and your snack donations really keep them going!
There is lots of great music to learn for the Dinner Show and Festival performances. Add to that our Chamber Music program and the STEP ensemble, “Camerata La Canada,” and we are full steam ahead! I hope everyone has a terrific week!
We are right in the thick of lots of fun times!
We will travel to Disneyland and perform at California Adventure this Thursday.
At the end of next week, we travel up the mountain for our annual, much anticipated Winter Retreat!
These are fun activities for the students, which I think helps facilitate their musical learning. Fun plus learning, nothing better than that!
I hope everyone has a fun week!
I had a great Winter Break! I hope that everyone did as well! I had time to rest, read, think, and visit with people I don’t get to see very often.
There’s an old saying that goes, “It’s all grist for the mill.” I never knew what grist was, but it originally meant grinding in Old English. Everything that goes in gets ground or used. All of the experiences in our lives get ground together and we use it to make connections in ways we hadn’t done before.
Thank goodness for down-time to give us these new ideas to use and play with in our work and studies. I wish you all a very productive week!
Monday is our last orchestra class of the semester. What a wonderful semester it has been. Thank you all for your beautiful playing. I know you will be amazing on your finals and then you’ll have VACATION!
I look forward to seeing you again in January!
Some upcoming dates for January are:
- January 17th – Disneyland
- January 23rd – Concerto Concert Auditions
- January 25th-27th – Winter Retreat
Have a restful, fun break! You deserve it!!
December is a wonderful time of year filled with celebrations, and celebrations filled with music. Music is so much a part of our holidays. Each year we listen to our favorites and we hear new music that might become favorites. Thank goodness for music and that we are able to make it.
Please come to the Winter Spectacular this Thursday and listen to beautiful holiday music played by our students. It is a wonderful way to start this beautiful season.
Here comes the Polar Express bound for LCHS! We are on the fast track to the Winter Spectacular on Thursday, December 6th at 7pm. The high school Orchestra, Band, and Jazz Band will perform holiday classics and favorites! It’s a wonderful evening of music, goodies, and fun. Please volunteer for bringing food for the reception after the concert!
Winter Retreat payments are now due. This is for each orchestra member. The cost is $225 for a super fun camping/musical weekend in the Angeles National Forest. We will be going up Friday after school on January 25th and coming home Sunday afternoon, January 27th. If you are unsure if you have paid the fee already, please contact Jason Northrop, the MPA Receivables Treasurer and he can tell you if you still need to pay.
Also, please let Yvonne Lim know if you are interested in chaperoning for the Retreat.
Thanks! Have a fantastic week!