10.27.17

Arts for EACH child includes those with disabilities

Sweetwater District Band Teacher Amy Cruz is taking the challenge of making the arts accessible to EACH child to a new level at Bonita Vista Middle School. What began as a pull-out program for kids with mild-to-moderate disabilities has blossomed into a full class where students, teachers, and peer mentors gather together to make music.

Ms. Cruz worked with her Principal, Dr. Eduardo Reyes, the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Jeff Kover, and the director of Special Services, Dr. Ron Lopez to get funding for the class. Through their combined efforts, Ms. Cruz was able to have a stand-alone class, instruments, and the support of the teachers and staff of Bonita Vista.

Teaching instrumental music is always challenging, but even more so when students are disabled. “We have students with mobility challenges, a lot of them have dexterity challenges where manipulating their fingers can be difficult. Playing a standard instrument like a clarinet or saxophone or even a trumpet could be tricky because they don’t have the same finger strength but with our modified instruments, with recorders and the orff instruments, they’re able to participate and in meaningful ways. They’re making music but adapted to their ability level.” Ms. Cruz adapts music to the instruments and abilities of her students, while teaching them basic music fundamentals.

Working alongside Ms. Cruz are the Special Education teachers like Richard Giffen. He has found that, beyond the music lessons, “we’re able to make connections. Music is that language of communication that allows them to communicate with peers of all levels.” He is proud of the exposure that his students receive to experiences they might not have had otherwise.

Parents are happy with the program as well. “The students get to be on stage, they get to perform. For some of them that makes them very nervous but once it’s done and once they’re up there and they have that moment of ‘we did it’ they are just beaming and their parents are beaming. It’s great to give the parents the opportunity to see their kids with all of the other students performing” says Ms. Cruz. Her plan now is to make this class available to the rest of the district.

You can see these wonderful kids and their teacher on Youtube here:

10.24.17

District Orchestra Fall Concert

The District Orchestra Fall Concert is Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Location: Eastlake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)

Featuring the District String and Symphonic Orchestras under the direction of Jennifer Opdahl, Greg Caldera, and Maren Glover. General admission is $5.00 (free admission for children 4 and under)

Downloadable flyers here.

07.28.17

Fortissimo Award Winners

Congratulations to two of our outstanding music educators! The California Music Educators Association-Southern Border Section has once again honored teachers in the Sweetwater Union High School District as Outstanding Music Educators. They will be recognized at the annual Arts Empower Mega-Conference in October.

Tamara Frazier, Castle Park Middle School: Middle School Music Specialist Award
Danielle Bruce, Hilltop Middle School: Richard Levin Orchestra Educator Award

Congratulations! We are all so very proud of you!

06.12.17

Pit Orchestra

The 2017 Sweetwater Summer Theater Institute presented CHILDREN OF EDEN on July 26-28 at 7 pm & July 29 at 2 pm – San Ysidro High School – Dr. Maida Torres-Stanovik Performing Arts Center.

Orchestra Director – Tony Sacco
Keyboard – Kyra Sacco

Accompanist – Barbara Schroeder
Flute – Jia Wen Chen (ORH)
Piccolo – Geli Samia (OLH)
Soprano Saxophone – John Cochran III (ELH)
Oboe – Jeremiah Vargas (OLH)
Alto Saxophone – Jason McCann (BVH)
Tenor Saxophone – Anthony Belen-Gonzalez (SYH)
Baritone Saxophone – Eliezzer Rodriguez (SYH)
Trumpet – Israel Avila (MOH)
French Horn – Adrian Lacsamana (BVH)
Trombone – Myles Gonzalez (BVH)
Percussion – Gabriel Ledezma (BVH)
Drum Kit – Angus Campos (SYH)

04.18.17

2017 Mariachi Scholarship Foundation – Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Mariachi Scholarship Foundation award recipients! Concert & Award Ceremony is Thursday, May 18 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Southwestern College Mayan Hall (900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, 91910)

Featuring Mariachi performances from Chula Vista High School, Sweetwater High School, Otay Ranch High School, Southwest High School, and Intermediate & Advanced Southwestern College Mariachis. Tickets are $10 at the door ($7 students/seniors) Free parking in Lot “O” on Otay Lakes, South of “H” Street.

MSF Scholarship Recipients:

Founder’s Award ($2,000)
Rafael Morales – Sweetwater HS

Christina Aranda Award ($1,500)
Alan Zapien – San Ysidro HS

Special Mention ($1,000)
Daisy Ybarra – Otay Ranch HS

Graduating High School Mariachi Award ($750)
Marcella Felix – Olympian HS
Denis Hirales – San Ysidro HS
Erik Gomez – San Ysidro HS
Jennifer Altamirano – Sweetwater HS
Ruth Gonzales – Southwest HS
Victor Gutierrez – Olympian HS
Angel Mendoza – San Ysidro HS
Jose Ortiz – San Ysidro HS
Alan Contreras – Olympian HS

Ballet Folklórico Award ($500)
Jacqueline Ortiz – San Ysidro HS
Antonia Vasquez – Otay Ranch HS
Klara Hernandez – Otay Ranch HS
Perla Moran – Otay Ranch HS
Pauline Lepe – Otay Ranch HS
Vanessa Garcia – San Ysidro HS
Alexia Mendoza – Mar Vista HS

Southwester College Continuing Mariachi ($500)
Saul Garcia
Clarissa Fallorina

04.17.17

District Orchestra Spring Concert

District Orchestra Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7 pm. Featuring the District String and Symphonic Orchestras under the direction of Jennifer Opdahl, Greg Caldera, and Maren Glover. General admission is $5 at the door. Location: EastLake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)

Printable flyer here.

04.17.17

Southwest Middle School Music Department – 5 de Mayo Celebration

Southwest Middle School presented 5 de Mayo Music Department Celebration on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Featuring Congressman Juan Vargas, SUHSD Dignitaries, School Wide Assembly, and performances by Southwest Junior Alumni Frankie J, Steel Drum Band, Mariachi, African Drum Band, and Marching Drum Band. Location: Southwest Middle School (2710 Iris Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154)

Flyer here.

Southwest Middle School Celebrates return of music program (San Diego Union Tribune article)

Students at Southwest Middle School celebrate Cinco de Mayo (KUSI News)

Photo Credit: Omar De Leon, Grants & Communications.

04.14.17

District Color Guard and Drumline Show

District Color Guard and Drumline Show was Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6pm. It featured SUHSD’s Color guards, Drumlines and special guests. General admission was $5 at the door. Location: Eastlake High School – Gymnasium (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)

Participating Schools: Bonita Vista High, Bonita Vista Middle, Castle Park High, Castle Park Middle, Chula Vista High, EastLake High, Montgomery High, Olympian High, Otay Ranch High, Rancho del Rey Middle, Southwest Middle, and Sweetwater High. Special guest: Cornerstone Independent Percussion and Alchemy Independent.

Program order here.

Photos by Grants & Communications – Omar De Leon.

03.13.17

Congratulations – Band

Congratulations to the Montgomery High School Aztec Concert Band for receiving a Unanimous Superior rating at the CMEA Band and Orchestra Festival at Olympian High School on Friday, April 14, 2017!

Congratulations to our VAPA Director Jeff Kover. On March 13th, 2017 he was presented a plaque for his support of the Maytime Band Review.

01.12.17

San Diego Sings 2017

Bonita Vista High School – Vocal Music Department presents San Diego Sings 2017 “The Heritage of Excellence” on February 17 & 18 at Abraham Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center (4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92113). Featuring Concert Choir and Show Choir performances and awards. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advanced. For more information, please contact Vocal Director Gail Kennedy at Bonita Vista High School.

 

Friday, February 17 Performance Schedule:

Concert Choirs

5:00 pm – Bonita Vista High School – Lady Tones
5:20 pm – Carlsbad High School – Chamber Singers
5:40 pm – Chaparral High School – Chamber Choir
6:00 pm – San Ysidro High School – Bel Canto
6:20 pm – Helix Charter High School – Mixed Voices

Middle School Show Choirs

7:15 pm – Bonita Vista Middle – Advanced Choir
7:40 pm – Lakeside Middle School – Adrenaline
8:05 pm – Black Mountain Middle School – It’s My Forte
8:30 pm – Black Mountain Middle School – It’s My Forte

8:55 pm – BVHS: Host School
9:20 pm – Awards Ceremony

Saturday, February 18th Performance Schedule:

Unisex Division

FLO (For Ladies Only) Novice Division

9:00 am – Chaparral High School – Dynamics
9:25 am – Granada Hills Charter High School – Here Come’s Treble
9:50 am – Redlands E. V. – Sweet Sensations

FLO (For Ladies Only) Intermediate Division

10:15 am – Eastlake High School – Spotlight Ladies
10:40 am – Helix High School Charter – HD
11:05 am – John Burroughs High School – Decibelles
11:30 am – Carlsbad High School – Encore

FLO (For Ladies Only) Advanced Division

1:00 pm – Brea-Olinda High School – Spellbound
1:25 pm – Glendora High School – Silhouettes
1:50 pm – John Burroughs High School – Sound Sensations
2:15 pm – Bonita Vista High School – Sound Unlimited – Host School

Mens Division

2:40 pm – John Burroughs High School – Men at Work

3:05 pm – Awards Ceremony

Legacy

Soloist Competition

3:25 pm – Granada Hills Charter High School
3:30 pm – Helix Charter High School
3:50 pm – Pacifica High School

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Novice Division

3:55 pm – Granada Hills Charter High School – Highlander G’Notes

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Intermediate Division

5:30 pm – Los Altos High School – Production Choir
5:55 pm – Eastlake High School – Center Stage
6:20 pm – Otay Ranch High School – Full Effect
6:45 pm – Cypress High School – High Voltage
7:10 pm – Helix Charter High School – HLX
7:35 pm – Chaparral High School – Platinum FX
8:00 pm – John Burroughs High School – Sound Waves
8:25 pm – Pacifica High School – Encore
8:50 pm – Awards Ceremony

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Advanced Tier 2

9:10 pm Glendora High School – Royal Stewarts
9:45 pm – Carlsbad High School – Sound Expression

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Advanced Tier 1

10:20 pm – Brea-Olinda High School – Masquerade
10:55 pm  – John Burroughts High School – Powerhouse
11:30 pm – Bonita Vista High School – The Music Machine – Host School

12:05 am – Awards Ceremony