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Elliott, Jennifer
Music Teacher, Music Academy. Room M215.
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Kenion, Jonathan
Music Teacher, Music Academy. Rooms 115, 215.
Sacks, Stormy
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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! :)

On Friday March 1st, one of the country's ...more

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Rock Band Club 2012-3

Students give each other lessons and perform at workshops and at the first annual Merry Minstrel benefit at the Troubadour that featured performers such as Bob Weir, Jackson Browne, & Mike Campbell.  LA times review

Festival Season 2013!

The Music Academy students have been hard at work!  Here are some of the performances they have participated in during Festival Season!

  • Irvine Jazz Festival March 16th Congrats to our Combo for taking 1st place!
  • Fullerton Vocal Jazz Festival March 22nd Instrumental 23rd
  • Loyola Marymount Guitar Showcase, Masterclasses & Workshops on March 23rd
  • Solo & Ensemble Festival March 9th Congrats to Guitar Quartet, Benjo Markus and Jerry Briseño for their Superior Ratings
  • Spring Concerts April 16th, 19th & 20th
  • San Francisco Heritage Tour April 11th-14th 
  • Hosting 3rd Annual Choral Festival on April 5th
  • Panorama Choral Festival on May 3rd,
  • LA Master Chorale High School Festival on April 26th at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Hosted Scholarship auditions April 20th
  • May 18th Women's Chorus Compete in The A cappella Scholarship Festival
  • May 7thth is our Song Writer's Showcase 
  • Intermediate Guitar Go International House of Blues
  • Solo & Ensemble Concert will be on May 21st in the Black Box
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NAMM Show 2012!

Students played for a General Electric reception where audience members included the band Fall Out Boy & Guitarist Monte Pittman who is a donor for the Non-profit Little Kids Rock . We were featured ...more

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Winter Concerts 2011!

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Camerata Pacifica Music Academy Benefit Concert!

On September 21st the Music Academy Hosted an amazing night of music in alignment with our Grand Avenue Partnerships. Camerata Pacifica brings instrumental lessons to our students all throughout the year!

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Women's Chorus Wins 1st Place Superior!

A cappella Scholarship Festival 2011, Women's Chorus competed against seven other amazing High School Choirs all over Southern CA and was awarded first place!  Click here to see the performance!

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Music Academy Parent Meetings & Pot lucks

Open Mic Performances

African & Gamelon Ensemble Performances

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Lunch Rock Band Concerts

LA Master Choral Rehearsals

LA Opera Performance: ...more

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Grand Avenue Partners & In School Opera

Since VAPA began and as a benefit of our our Grand Avenue Partnership, Students participate in a professional opera experience with sets, lighting and a stage crew provided by LA Opera when they perform for the school alongside LA Opera artists. Through engaging and lively weekly workshops, LA Opera artists teach students their roles as chorus members in "The White Bird of Poston" and in 2010 "Tanis in America"  

LA Opera also provides opera going experiences for our students at least 2 times a year!  Our students have on two occasions had the honor of working with the cast from these various operas, as well as attending the pre-oprea workshops with other Opera artists and musicians.  

VAPA Hosts their first Music Festival!

On April 8th, VAPA held their first 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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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 ...more

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Music Students Perform with Theater and Dance students in

Guitar Quartet accompanies Flamenco dancers and plays for the Gala Friday night performance.  Choir students sang in processional for a scene in the play as well.  Congrats!  

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The Epic of Gilgamesh Revisited, The Student Composed Oratorio

REVIEW FROM THE LA Opus:

Monday, February 25, 2013 Article By Douglas Neslund

Subtitled Live while you’re alive, the talented teens of the Music Academy of Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and ...more
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2012-13 CONCERTS!


 

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Choir student Opportunities

Through VAPA's GAP partnership with LA Opera over the past 4 years students are invited to various Opera performances and pre-talks and time with the artists.  This year our students saw I due Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi.  We have hosted and Students have been attended concerts from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. 

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Music Academy Takes Heritage Sweepstakes Award!

Congratulations to all of the students that performed in this year's Heritage Tour in San Diego!

 

  • 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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VOICES WITHIN

2012:One of Our Grand Avenue Partners, The LA MASTER CHORALE AND THE MUSIC ACADEMY PRESENT.  GAP partner, Voices Within, continues to Flourish!  On February 16th, 2012 VAPA premiered this year's Student Composed Oratorio, The Legend of Kaguya, Performed by Students and the members of the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers.“We Wrote That!” LA Students Become Composers, with a Little Help from Their Friends  Click here to read the article printed in Chorus America

DON'T Miss this year's Oratorio Premiering February 21st and 22nd, 2013  

Students starting working in August during a Saturday retreat!

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FESTIVAL SEASON 2012!

The weekends that have lead us up to our Heritage tour to San Diego have already been festival filled!

  • Jazz Band and Combo A & B Competed in Irvine's Jazz Festival on March 17th winning 4th place in their division (First time Jazz band goes to festival!!!)

  • Vocal Jazz Competed, attended workshops and concerts at Fullerton's Vocal Jazz Festival on March 23rd winning 3rd place in their division (First Vocal Jazz Festival Experience!!!!)

  • Advanced Guitar and the Quartet played & participated in clinics and workshops at Loyola Marymount University's Annual Guitar Festival along with groups from as far away as Washington D.C. and Las Vegas on March 24th! 

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Guitar Foundation of America 2nd Annual Symposium!

On November 5th 2011 students participated in workshops, rehearsals, and clinics.  The day culminated in a concert that featured 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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Music Festivals at Palms Middle School

Congratulations to the Advanced Band, Advanced Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra who performed in the LAUSD Band and Orchestra Festival on May 6, 2011, and to the Concert and Mixed Choirs that performed on April 29th.  Advanced band Mixed Chorus, Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra received a rating of Superior, and the Advanced Orchestra received a rating of excellent.  All of the groups performed great.  Thank you for your hard work!

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Heritage Festival San Francisco 2011!

Congratulations to the Music Academy!

Not only did our Ensembles win some first place awards, soloist awards, and a smattering of Golds, Silvers but...

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!!!

Also, Congratulations to the Guitar Quartet & Guitar Trio for their performances at the Guitar Festival at Loyola on March 26th! Thank you students for your hard work!

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SPRING CONCERT!

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Rock Band Club Performance!

 Rock Band Club  Rock Band Club performers will be featured this 2010 & 2011 at the NAMM show!  See Rock Band Club Page for info on all of their Gigs!  

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Music Academy After School Clubs

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Rock Band FOWLER M110 Mon. 3:20-5pm
Jazz Combos Kenion M115 Wed & Thurs
Guitar (etc.)Tutoring FOWLER M110 Wed-Thurs 3:20-5pm
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SCVA Honor Choir 2011 & 2012, & 2013

This year's SCVA concert is Saturday, November 23rd at Santa Monica High School.   Tickets are $10! 

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 11 students this year & last– and 6 of those are from VAPA.  Each year the students are blown away with the opportunity stating that it was an intense experience that challenged and enriched them immensely. The concerts were November 19th, 2011 & November 17th, 2012 in the Barnum Hall of Santa Monica High School.  Congrats!

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Multimedia Songwriter's Showcase 2012

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Spring CONCERTS! April 16th-18th

 

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Rock Band Students play for Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana visited for the first time the North Hills elementary school named in his honor.

The 650-seat school at 9301 Columbus Ave. opened last fall, and in September the Los ...more

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Jazz Combo A & Vocal Jazz Perform at the Biltmore Hotel Tree Lighting

Vocal Jazz also performed at the LA unified Superintendent's Opening Address in August and a Special Music Alumni presentation at a LAUSD Board meeting.  Both events were Televised!  Jazz Combo performed at Academy Awards Ceremony!

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Music Academy Banquet 2011-12

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Grand Avenue Partners: LA Master Choral 22nd Annual High School Choir Festival

Concert Choir along will 850 other High School students from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area performed in last year's High School Choir Festival , and will perform in this year's as well! The ...more

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One of Our Grand Avenue Partners, The LA MASTER CHORALE AND THE MUSIC ACADEMY PRESENT

The Oratorio "The Warrior God"Composed and Performed by Students and the LA Master Chorale Follow event on Facebook!

Through Grand Avenue Parters , Our Voices Within Partnership continues to Flourish!  February 16th, 2012 we will premiere this year's Student Composed Oratorio, The Bamboo Cutter.  Hope to see you there!

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Students Performed in Winter Music Concert December 10th & 11th

CLAHS #9's very first Music Concert!

The Winter concert featured all of our music academy students to showcase and celebrate all of the work that we have done in these first exciting months. 

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Chamber Orchestra earns a Superior Rating!

At Solo Ensemble Festival April 10th, 2010.  Festival hosted by LASMTA

Guitar Ensemble goes to Festival!

Loyola Marymount University on March 20th

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Festival Season!

Seven VAPA Music Ensembles performed at and listened to their peers perform at a variety of Music Festivals all over Southern California!  

Students also played at the Visual Arts first Annual Opening on April 21st!

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Music Students Perform in November 9th's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Featured performances: Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, Advanced Orchestra, and Guitar Quartet.

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