SENIOR SPOTLIGHTS

2021

Joshua Tam-Clarinet

Marching Band - Symphonic Band - Concert Band- Wind Ensemble - Clairnet Quartet & Quintet

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started playing clarinet in 6th grade band class at Hale Charter Academy and I started piano in 10th grade.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: My favorite pieces I played in CHS Music were "First Suite in E-Flat," "Hounds of Spring," and "Girl From Ipanema."

Biggest musical inspiration: My clarinet teacher, Debra Kanter.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: My favorite experience in CHS Music was playing in the Pit Band for Shrek the Musical. I will always remember the time I arranged and performed the Armed Forces Themes at the City of Calabasas Veteran's Day Ceremony.

Plans for next year: Next semester I will be majoring in aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, OH.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes! I plan on playing in the University Circle Symphony Orchestra, Case Western Symphonic Winds, and Spartan Marching Band.

Other accomplishments: I was awarded Outstanding Achievement in the Music Program and Most Improved Freshman in CHS Music. I was also given the honor of Valedictorian of the Class of 2021.


Bardia Khosravi-Trombone

Marching Band - Wind Ensemble

Where and when you started playing your instrument: In 6th grade at AC Stelle.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: "Semper Fidelis" by John Philips Sousa and "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire

Biggest musical inspiration: Dallas Brass

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Playing music for our basketball team in the gym.

Plans for next year: Planning on majoring in Biological Sciences at UC Santa Barbara next year.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: For sure! I'm probably going to experiment in jazz!

Other accomplishments: I played some trombone music for my local Starbucks after the sound system went down. That was crazy awesome!


Kindred Baker -Vocal

Harmony-Vivace-Bare Rhythm

Where and when you started playing your instrument: As a young child and at Class Act Musical Theater.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: "Mercy"

Biggest musical inspiration: Paramore

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Hanging out with the BR girls in the Black Box.

Plans for next year: CSUN for Musical Theatre.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Of course!

Other accomplishments: President of the Astronomy Club, Comedy Sportz, and 6 Main stage CHS shows.


Elaina Sarrow - Violin

Orchestra

Where and when you started playing your instrument: AE Wright 6th grade.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: "Alice in Wonderland" from the movie by Tim Burton

Biggest musical inspiration: Danny Elfman, former Oingo Boing member and movie music writer.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: The music trip to Atlanta, Georgia in 9th grade.

Plans for next year: California Lutheran University, Undecided major

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes, I will take more music in college as a minor.

Other accomplishments: Girl Scouts, Rotary Interact


Xyeanastacia Howard - saxophone

Marching Band-Concert Band

Where and when you started playing your instrument: AE Wright grade 8 age 12

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire

Biggest musical inspiration: Sza and singing

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: On the field leading my section and being the loudest during football season.

Plans for next year: Pursuing career as a sign recording artist. I was signed last year! Stay tuned!

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: YES!

Other accomplishments: Learned Korean on my own.


Alexis Bertelle - Vocal

Harmony

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started singing when I was 4 years old. I would sing the songs from the musical Annie. When I was older I started doing Bell Canyon broadway which were plays I would sing and act in. I have done choir since middle school.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: My favorite piece we did at chs music was September because we got to do a big concert with that song.

Biggest musical inspiration: My biggest musical inspiration is my mom and my grandma because they love to sing.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: My favorite CHS music memory is getting to see Mr. Barroll because I had me him in middle school. It was so nice getting to be his student because we had a great bond. Another memory is getting to be with my friend Kyla in choir because we had so much fun together.

Plans for next year: I am going to Moorpark college and my future plan is being a medical assistant.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes I will always continue music after leaving CHS.

Other accomplishments: My biggest accomplishment was going to New York because I had not been without my parents on a big trip like that.


Grace Hazen-Alto & Bari Sax

Symphonic Band-Marching Band-Wind Ensemble-Jazz B - Jazz Workshop

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started playing Alto in 6th grade at A.C. Stelle and picked up Bari in 7th grade.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Street Life, Thieves in the Temple (Jazz Workshop), Forever (Shrek the Musical), Danzon (Symphonic Band)

Biggest musical inspiration: Daniella Hazan, Abby Weber, and John Mayer

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: That one time Dallas Brass came to do a workshop with the ensembles and I got to dance on stage to Cotton Eye Joe. Oh and Pit Band was pretty fun.

Plans for next year: I will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and will be majoring in Public Policy and Law.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes! For fun!



EMMA MALTZ- PIANO

Jazz A - Jazz B - Jazz Workshop

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started playing piano after I saw my brother playing at his school when I was 4 years old. I started singing in the choir in my elementary school and never stopped.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Thieves in the Temple (Workshop), Street Life (Workshop), Crunchy Frog (Workshop), Lilli's Song (B band), The Joy of Cookin (B band)

Biggest musical inspiration: I've had many small inspirations, but if I had to pick one I'd say Kyle Landry.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: The Savannah Trip in 2019

Plans for next year: Majoring in Psychology at the University of Oregon.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Absolutely! I want to at least be a part of a music group in college if not minoring in Music.

Other accomplishments: I've been a part of theater since I was in Kindergarten, and throughout Middle School I acted and sang in musical theater productions. Now I do pit band when I can and stage crew.


MIA PAUL-CELLO

Orchestra

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started the cello at the age of 8 at Encino Elementary

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony: Finale; Mozart Symphony No. 25; Grieg Holberg Suite; Dance of the Comedians; Procession of the Nobles

Biggest musical inspiration: My parents, Jacqueline du Pré, and Sheku Mason

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Orchestra trip to Atlanta; Hunchback and Shrek the Musical Pit Orchestras; Winter Performances in the PAEC; Performing with Wilson Phillips; Disneyland Soundtrack Session Workshop

Plans for next year: I will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) for Cello Performance, studying with Jennifer Kloetzel

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I will be majoring in Cello Performance and for my professional aspirations, I plan on becoming a studio musician, professional orchestral musician, as well as a professor.

Other accomplishments: I was honored to be the Principal Cellist of the CHS Chamber Orchestra, as well as the CSUN Youth Philharmonic. Being a part of the CHS Music Program flourished my passion for music, and greatly led to my desire to become a professional musician. During my high school career, I won a scholarship to attend the Idyllwild Arts Symphony Orchestra Intensive, and was accepted to perform in the first ever MTAC Honors Convention Orchestra.



Aaron Geller-Trumpet

Jazz A, Jazz B, Jazz Workshop, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band

Where and when you started playing your instrument: 6th grade band at A. C. Stelle

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Arutunian Concerto

Biggest musical inspiration: Clifford Brown

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: The football games in my first and second year. Reno Jazz Festival

Plans for next year: Majoring in Food Science at UC Davis

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I plan to continue playing for fun



Matthew Boyd

Jazz A, Jazz B, Jazz Workshop, Guitar Ensemble

Where and when you started playing your instrument: Drums, Guitar

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Lily's song In Jazz B, and Thieves In the Temple by Prince in Jazz Workshop

Biggest musical inspiration: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Visiting Savanah with the Jazz Band and getting to see amazing music and learn from the best jazz musicians in the world.

Plans for next year: I am going to DePaul University in Chicago, I am studying business entrepreneurship

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I plan to continue playing in bands and writing music.

Other accomplishments: I played in a band outside of school called The Calicos with some members from the Calabasas Jazz Bands


Rachel Sands

Harmony-Vivace-Bare Rhythm

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started singing in kindergarten, started piano in 8th grade, started guitar and ukulele 3 years ago

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Flare - vivace, Goodbye yellow brick road- BR

Biggest musical inspiration:

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Going to the women's march with Bare Rhythm, welcoming all of the newcomers so they feel like they have a place.

Plans for next year: Dodge College within Chapman University, to study television writing and production

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes, I write my own music and will be trying to audition for the a cappella groups at Chapman

Other accomplishments:


Carly Gillhaus

Guitar-Jazz B-Jazz Workshop

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started piano lessons in 3rd grade and have kept up with it since (10 years). I started guitar in my sophomore year, was moved up to Guitar 2 within a couple weeks, and continued on to become a jazz guitarist. I've played ukulele for 6 years now, and I dabble with music composition on the side.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: One of my favorite pieces that I have performed had to have been either Legend of Zelda, "Cool", or one of the pieces from "Working".

Biggest musical inspiration: My biggest musical inspiration is Daniel Caesar.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: One of my favorite CHS Music memories was performing in the pit band for "Shrek the Musical". We spent a lot of time together, especially during Tech Week and Show Week, and we were all able to get to know each other better and share some great memories.

Plans for next year: I plan to attend Loyola Marymount University (LMU) as a Psychology Major. I will also be minoring in Dance.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I plan to continue music as a hobby on the side. I want to continue to compose music and increase my improvisation skills in the future.

Other accomplishments: Along with being a musician, I am also a dancer and a visual artist. I've been dancing since I was 4 years old, and I have been drawing/painting since I was around 7. I've won a couple art contests, including one recently for the Conejo Valley Juried Art Show.