Message From Directors

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not something accidental, but are willed"

- Vincent Van Gogh

Dear Parents and CHS Music Students,

We hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. We have yet another very exciting year planned for the 2017-18 school year.

We will once again be having our LVUSD Music Festivals for Band, Orchestra, and Choir with all schools in the district participating. This year, our choir festival will also include an evening performance featuring all of our vocal groups throughout LVUSD. It is sure to be an exciting event for our students in Harmony, Maestoso, and Vivace! In addition, both of our a cappella groups will be traveling to Dayton, Ohio over the Veteran's Day weekend for Kettering Acafest, 2017. This festival is the largest festival/competition for high school a cappella in the US with over 50 high school groups from all over the country expected to participate. We are also very excited for our Wind Ensemble, which, once again, will have a unique opportunity. We will be participating in a program with the estate of the great American composer, Aaron Copland. We will be working with a young, contemporary composer who will write a piece of music specifically designed for our group. This should be a wonderful opportunity to join in the creative process of making music.

Some of the highlights in the instrumental program this year include a trip to Atlanta, GA for our Orchestra and Advanced Guitar ensemble, a trip to the Reno Jazz Festival for our Jazz ensembles, and the expansion of our Band program to include a third level of ensemble, Symphonic Band. This group meets during ‘0’ Period and fills the need for an intermediate level between Marching/Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.

As we look forward to the year, we know that students will be working hard to contribute not only to their individual ensembles, but to the program as well. Whether we are talking about the responsibility to practice and know your music, or to participate in Music Boosters fundraising efforts, we are strongest when we all work together. Our work may center around music, but it’s the community we build and sustain daily that we will all remember well into the future.

Let's make 2017-18 one of our best years ever,

Joshua Barroll, Aaron Kohen, Michael Dabach

CHS Music Staff

"When practicing, aim for precision rather than perfection.

Precision = a process that is always being worked on

Perfection = a goal that is virtually unattainable"