With only nine students back in 2013, the Newbury Park High School Orchestra has grown to a program with over sixty members and with four levels of orchestral instruction. The Orchestra has consistently earned Superior ratings at the Southern California Band and Orchestra Festival, and select students have performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall. The program has received first place at the 2022 & 2019 Anaheim Heritage Festival and 2015 Heritage Festival in San Diego. The orchestra has also performed in California's very own Segerstorm Concert Hall in March 2017 as part of the prestigious Heritage Festival of Gold. Check out clips of the various performing ensembles under "Pictures & Videos" and read about all the strings courses under "Course Offerings."
The program's historic comeback under the direction of Tina Huang is documented in the Thousand Oaks Acorn article entitled "Almost Silenced, NPHS Orchestra Experiences Rebirth."
Mrs Tina Huang is an experienced string specialist and credentialed music teacher who is continuing her ninth year as the Orchestra Director at Newbury Park High School. She holds a Masters in Music Education (with orchestra emphasis) and Bachelors in Music Performance from Northwestern University. She also holds a Masters in Education from Columbia University. She has studied with Vladimir Zyskind, Anat Malkin and Dmitry Rachmanov, James Kjelland, author of the Strictly Strings series, Dr. Victor Yampolsky and Dr. Robert Hasty in conducting. She has adjudicated the Music Teacher’s National Association Concerto Competition for Southern California, Moorpark high School and School, Buena High School, and has coached for the California State in Northridge Youth Orchestra. Prior to moving to California, she subsequently taught at a number of prestigious Chicago high schools, including New Trier High School and Glenbrook South High School. Some of her performances include performance at Australia's Sydney Opera House, four years with the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Orchestras and the New York All-State Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being the concertmistress of her high school orchestra, Mrs Huang has participated in various symphonies at MSM and Northwestern. She is the founding Advisor for the NPHS Chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society , teaches IB Music and Music Fundamentals and is the founding director of the strings program at the NPHS feeder, Sequoia Middle School. Her two lovely daughters can be spotted at various orchestra events.