Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

It’s always good to get away in nature. Last weekend, the Orchestra spent a beautiful and rewarding few days at our annual Winter Retreat high in the San Gabriel mountains. It’s a great opportunity for the students to get away from everyday life and focus on music and the great outdoors. I was heartened to see lots of students enjoying nature and also enjoying each other’s company.

I want to thank our Courageous Chaperones! They are the backbone of this adventure! Thank you to Julia Dixon, Yvonne Lim, Rose Malmberg, and Julie Pao. Also, thank you to Glenn and Robert Torres for driving the truck!

I hope that you have a wonderful week!

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

We had a wonderful time performing at California Adventure last week! I was very proud of our performers for being so flexible and proficient! I received many nice comments from the audience and the staff. Thank you to our chaperones, Yvonne Lim and Julie Pao, and to Mr. Stone, who drove the truck and provided moral support!

We have a busy upcoming week. The Concerto Concert Auditions are being held after school on Wednesday. If you want to play and haven’t signed up, please do so now.

We go up to the Winter Retreat this Friday after school! See the schedule post, what to bring, weather report and map.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

Do you ever feel that there is so much coming at you that you start going in circles (either metaphorically or in my case physically)? Of course you do! You’re parents! Instead of standing in the middle of the room and screaming, which is my first reaction, I am learning to breathe deeply and check in with my shoulders (which at this point are nearly where my ears are from tension). In class, we also on occasion, practice deep breathing and shoulder relaxation. Everything, including music, is better when we are relaxed, calm and happy.

We are headed to Disneyland on Thursday for music and fun! Reach out to Yvonne Lim if you would like to chaperone.

Have a calm, happy week!

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

Welcome back Orchestra! I hope that everyone had the most wonderful break and that you are all charged up for 2020! My head is spinning with all that is happening just in January! We will hit the ground running on Tuesday, January 7th with new music for Festival and New York.

Our Disneyland performance is coming right up on Thursday, January 16th. Any parents who would like to chaperone for this fun trip, please contact Yvonne Lim.

Concerto Concert Auditions will be held after school on Wednesday, January 22nd. All Instrumental Music students are welcome and encouraged to audition.

Then on Friday, January 24th, we make our annual trek up the mountain for the Winter Retreat! So much fun to look forward to!

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

Bravo to all for a fun and well-played Winter Spectacular! Thank you parents for the yummy and plentiful food at the after-concert reception.
It’s such a wonderful way to end the first semester of school.

Good luck to all with finals-just remember that you are all beautiful and brilliant and you got this!

Have a restful holiday filled with time with your family and friends and special activities.

Thank you for your support and commitment to the LCHS Instrumental program. See you next year!

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

Please join us for a fun and festive holiday concert featuring all the high school instrumental students this Thursday, December 12th at 7pm in the LCHS auditorium.

You will be able to enjoy traditional holiday music played in classical and jazz styles. Audrey L. is the amazing violin soloist in the concerto, “Winter,” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons accompanied by our chamber orchestra, Camerata La Canada.

I guarantee you will enjoy this special holiday concert! I’ll see you there!

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

It’s December and it’s beginning to look a lot like… Holiday Madness! So many activities to complete; gift giving, food making, party planning, finals. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose sight of fun. The LCHS Instrumental Music Department is your holiday antidote for holiday stress!

Come enjoy a meal at Dona Maria’s this Wednesday, no cooking for you and you’ll be helping out the music program!

Also, here’s a gift tip for you, make sure to buy some beautiful poinsettias from a music student. They are big and healthy and beautiful! You won’t see plants like this in the stores!

Next Saturday, December 7th, either come see our great Marching Band in the Montrose Christmas Parade, or come to a Holiday Open House at a gorgeous home in Shadow Hills and hear holiday music from our equally great Orchestra.

Of course, the high point of the season is the Winter Spectacular Concert on Thursday, December 12th at 7pm in the LCHS auditorium. Come hear the high school groups play holiday music of all kinds. It’s a great way to celebrate the students and the Season with music!

Wishing you all sanity and peace.

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

It was a great Elementary Tour last Friday. I was really proud of the students… They played beautifully and they hustled and got all the equipment on and off in record time!

Special thanks to Iman Behshid and Zach Northrop for joining us on guitar and drum set. They rocked the house! Thank you to Yvonne Lim for chaperoning and picture taking and to Mr. Stone for driving the truck and looking out for all of us!

I hope everyone is enjoyed a well-deserved day off! Orchestra pictures this Wednesday!

Have a happy week!

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

What a great Fall concert last week! Threats of power outages did not materialize and the show went on! All of the participating student musicians played to their maximum. Mr. Myers and I are so proud of them! Thank you, parents, for coming and supporting the concert.

We have another concert on Friday of this week, our annual Elementary Tour, where we go to the three La Cañada elementary schools and perform for the students. This is always a great day of fun and performing. Parent chaperones are needed for this event. If you can, we would love to have you volunteer and spend the day with these great kids. If you are able to do this, please contact Yvonne Lim.

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

You are all cordially invited to the Fall Orchestra Concert this Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm in the LCHS auditorium. Admission is free. The students have worked very hard and sound great! There is music from Rossini and Beethoven. Contemporary composer Maria Newman and film composers Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman are also represented. You won’t want to miss all the surprises!

I have talked to the orchestra students and asked them to bring their parents, friends and neighbors to the concert. If each student could bring 2 people, we would have a great audience which really ups the energy on stage! The orchestras sound so good, and you will be so proud of your children to hear them play in such wonderful ensembles.

Have a wonderful week and see you Wednesday evening at the concert!