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Ms. Fowler's 2011-12

Ms. Fowler's Student Events 2010-2013

  • Students Attend LA Opera's The Marriage of Figaro & Il Postino
  • Winter Concerts
  • NAMM Convention performance All Star Guitar Night
  • Broadway Master Class
  • Vocal Jazz & Guitar Quartet Articulation Assemblies
  • Dress Rehearsal | London Bridges LA Master Chorale
  • Voices Within Oratorio Composition performance
  • Pacific Guitar Festival & Competition
  • LAMC Honor's Choir Rehearsal hosted by Ms. Fowler and Mr. Rodriguez
  • LAMC Master Class with Concert Choir
  • LAMC Dress Rehearsal @ Dorothy Chandler Hall 9am-noon
  • Jazz Groups attend Irvine Jazz Festival & Competition 11am-7pm
  • San Francisco Tour & Heritage Music Festival for all advanced ensembles
  • Loyola Guitar Festival for The Quartet & The Trio (all day)  
  • Spring Concerts
  • Hosted 1st  Annual District Choral Festival: Chamber Choir & Women's/ Men's Chorus perform
  • Hosted 1st & 2nd Annual  Guitar Foundation of America Symposium: Los Angeles
  • District Choral Festival Palms Mixed & Concert Choir
  • Song Writer's Showcase & LKR competition
  • Choir & Jazz Combo student perform at LA Convention Center 
  • LAMC Combined Choir Festival- Walt Disney Hall
  • LA In-school Opera Performance in Black Box
  • Scholarship auditions
  • A cappella Scholarship Festival
  • Solo & Ensemble Concert  
  • Open House Performances
  • Music Academy Banquet
  • Graduation Performances
  • Vocal Jazz Performs for Superintendent Opening Address
  • Guitar Trio performs at CSUN
  • Students attend LA Opera performance of Eugene Onegin & Tech rehearsal of Romeo & Juliette
  • Vocal Jazz performs at Special LAUSD Music Board Meeting
  • Rock Bands Perform at Movie Night!
  • LKR Santana Event
  • Music Set Free "Two Spot Gobi" Workshop
  • Vocal Jazz + Combo perform at Biltmore Hotel's Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Vocal Jazz caroling
  • Vocal Jazz sang for the LA fire department holiday/ charity luncheon
  • Rock band plays at 2 events at the NAMM show + open mic & movie night
  • Rock Band plays for Carlos Santana 
  • King Washington Visits
  • Premiere of Student Composed Oratorio: The Legend of Kaguya
  • Vocal Jazz Festival Fullerton College
  • LMU Guitar Festival

VAPA Hosts Choral Music Festivals!

VAPA hosts District Choral Festival where schools came from all over the District to share music, and perform for adjudication.  Thanks to everyone that helped make our first Festival such a great event! 

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Music Tech Tips

See Below for Resources, Tips, & Links for you to be a Music Tech Expert!!!

1) When you are working on the exercises in the book, you will always find the answer to any problem on the upper half ...more



I'm excited to let you know that your class' submissions have been recognized in our National Song Writing Contest. We received nearly 400 submissions for the contest this year, and your students' ...more


Women's Chorus & Guitar Quartet Performed at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! ♫


Heritage Festival San Francisco 2011!

Congratulations to the Music Academy!

  • Jazz Combo received a Gold Rating and Best Jazz Group overall!  Mekala Session received the Judges award for his performance! 
  • Women's Chorus Received a Gold Rating & First Place
  • Vocal Jazz received a Gold Rating and Second Place
  • Chamber Choir received a Gold Rating
  • Concert Choir received a Gold Rating
  • Chamber Orchestra received a Silver Rating
  • Concert Band received a Silver Rating
  • Men's Chorus received a Silver Rating
  • String Orchestra received a Bronze Rating

For the SECOND year in a row our Music Academy received the Esprit de corps award for best representing our school & community and with honor and humility!!!

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ROCK BAND CLUB Performance

January 15th-17th Rock Band Club Students perform at NAMM 2010

Opening for, Sabian Live & Orianthi on the main stage

CCRC Sponsored Performance at  LA Valley College May 15th

NAMM 2011 Students Played at All Star Guitar Night & take home Epiphone Guitars!


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Fall & Spring Musicales

Our entire Music Academy puts on three different musical concerts twice a year in our Concert Hall.  See Calendar for specific dates.  

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One of Our Grand Avenue Partners, The LA MASTER CHORALE AND THE MUSIC ACADEMY PRESENT.  GAP (Grand Avenue Partners), Voices Within, continues to Flourish!  Annually Since 2010 our students compose and premiere an oratorio.  Performances are free, feature members of the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers singing side by side with our students, and lead roles (solos) are performed by our students.  Performances are in January or February in our Concert Hall.  

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Multi-media SONG WRITER's Showcase

The Guitar Department presents student compositions that feature student created Visual representations (music videos) of the music as well as stellar live performances.  

The students have composed songs from a variety of genres from Electronic music to Flamenco. 

The Showcase will be held in the Black Box during the final weeks of school at 7pm.  CDs of the students work are be available as well.


Music Academy Takes Heritage Sweepstakes Award!

Congratulations to our students!

  • Chamber Choir received a Gold Rating and a festival award for highest scoring ensemble!
  • Jazz Combo received a Gold Rating! & William Cabison best soloist for his Piano performance
  • Women's Chorus Received a Gold Rating & First Place
  • Advanced Guitar Received a Gold Rating and the Adjudicator's Award for Instrumental Ensembles
  • Chamber Choir received a Gold Rating
  • Concert Choir received a Gold Rating and Taylor Washington best soloist for his piano accompaniment
  • Vocal Jazz received a Silver Rating and Stefany Montoya best vocal soloist
  • Concert Band received a Silver Rating
  • Men's Chorus received a Silver Rating
  • Orchestra received a Silver Rating

 Our Music Academy was awarded 21 awards and received praise for best representing our school & community and with honor and humility!!!  Thank you students for your hard work!

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Vocal Jazz Performances

  • Vocal Jazz performed at the LA unified Superintendent's Opening Address in August,
  • a Special Music Alumni presentation at a LAUSD Board meeting,   Events were Televised!
  • and at Biltmore Hotel's Tree Lighting Ceremony with Jazz Combo A.     
  • In December, Vocal Jazz caroled around the streets of Old Town Pasadena and
  • also sang for LA fire department charity luncheon.  
  •  Just Jazzin attends Vocal Jazz Festivals at Fullerton College, Irvine & Valencia. 
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ROCK BAND CLUB has had several special events along with the Open Mic Lunch Performances.  

"Music Set Free" brought the band "Two Spot Gobi" who played for the students and led a Workshop of collaboration with 40+ students! Events included with polyrhythmic activities, singing in 4 parts, improvisation, and how to add layers & unique instrumentation to an original composition. 

Rock Bands Performed at Movie Night!

Students performed at Rock LKR Santana Event NAMM Band played for Carlos Santana!

Students performed at NAMM shows 

The Band King Washington Visits, answers questions and plays for students

Students play Rock Band Gigs in Clubs such as the Troubador and Whiskey-a-go-go


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SCVA Honor Choir


Each year SCVA holds a rigorous audition process to compose a High School Honor Choir.  Students have to prepare a college level aria, sight-read, sing scales and perform tonal memory assessments for their audition  & we should be proud that LAUSD is sending a total of 8 students this year– and 7 of those are from VAPA.  The students were blown away with the opportunity stating that it was an intense experience that challenged and enriched them immensely. The concert was November 19th, 2011 in the Barnum Hall of Santa Monica High School.  Congrats!

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Women's Chorus Wins 1st Place Superior!

Wow! What an amazing year! After our success in San Francisco, Women's Chorus went to the A cappella Scholarship Festival (click for a link to the performance) hosted by Verdugo Hills Chorus at ...more

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First Annual GFA Regional Symposium hosted by Central LA HS

William Kanengiser GFA board member, USC Guitar Faculty, & Member of the Grammy Award Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet directed the guitar orchestra & lead a technique workshop.  CLAHS Students and GFA members performed for adjudication and then performed as a guitar orchestra followed by a recital by *GFA International Concert Artist Competition prizewinner Colin Davin. *GUITAR FOUNDATION OF AMERICA  America's Leading Guitar Organization

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Martha Masters comes to CLAHS #9

On January 25th, Martha Masters gave our students a mini concert  :)  and worked with us on technique.  On March 20th our students will go to Loyola Marymount University where they will perform as an ensemble and also attend concerts and workshops! 


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Ms. Fowler's Resume/Bio


  • Masters in Music: Choral Conducting, CSU Los Angeles, September 2015.
  • B/A Music Education, CSU Northridge, July 2002.
  • Member of Northridge Singers at CSU Northridge; Paul Smith; Fall 2002- Sp ...more

Guitar Foundation of America's Annual Symposium!

Cortines has had the honor and pleasure of hosting several Symposiums where our students participate in workshops, rehearsals, and clinics.  The day culminates in a concert that featuring our Advanced Guitar Ensemble and many other special performances! For video and more information about the event Click here: GFA Symposium in LA! 

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The Epic of Gilgamesh Revisited, The Student Composed Oratorio

CASCADE premiere

Guitar Foundation of America has awarded our school with a Grant that was given to the three best High School Classical Guitar programs in the NATION! :)

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Loyola Marymount University's & Vanguard Annual Guitar Festivals

Intermediate and Advanced Guitar & the Guitar Quartet each year performs along with groups from as far away as Washington D.C. Arizona & Las Vegas.  The day's events included concerts, workshops, Master Classes and Clinics! 

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22nd Annual High School Choir Festival

Concert Choir along will 850 other High School students from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area will be performing in this year's 22nd Annual High School Choir Festival! The Festival will take ...more


Mixed Chorus receives a Superior Rating!

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Students Perform for VAPA's Art Opening!

Opportunities for Music Students



Congrats to the Guitar Quartet

 Guitar Quartet Earned a SUPERIOR rating at Piano Guitar Festival on March 6th!

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Women's Chorus was invited to perform for Inaugural Celebration

John Perez takes his oath of office as the 68th Speaker of the California State Assembly. Participating in the ceremony at the Japanese American Museum were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los ...more

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Attend an LA Master Chorale Rehearsal! Composer Morten Lauridsen gave comments on his own composition!

The Program was:

"Savage Alters" by Ingram Marshall (b. 1942)

"Mid-Winter Songs on Poems by Robert ...more

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State Music Content Standards

State Music Content Standards