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Program History

In 2009-2010, my grand adventure at WSCA began with zero hour (before school) instrumental, vocal and guitar classes.  In 2010-2011, in addition to the instrumental and vocal classes, I also taught theater arts with an emphasis on musical theater.  Our performing arts programs enjoyed unprecedented success with several concerts, a spring musical and a performance at the 8th grade Promotion Ceremony.  In 2011-2012, we moved into our new facility and split our ensembles into middle school and high school level choirs and bands. 
 
Highlights of the 2012-2013 school year include adding an additional middle school choir, competing at Magic Mountain, participating in the choir festival at CSU Stanislaus, and continued growth and development of the music program.  The 2013-2014 school year saw incredible growth in the choir program. Both of our high school choirs took first place in their competitive divisions at the Magic Mountain competition (Mixed Choir, Show Choir), and The Alphas won "Best Overall--High School Choir", beating several larger schools.  This was also the year we hired an instrumental director to take over the middle school and high school bands.  In 2014-2015, we took three high school choirs and our band and orchestra to the competition at Magic Mountain and were very successful.  We had individual students recognized for their solo performances and our ensembles scored well.  2015-2016 brought our first trip to a "Show Choir Only" competition hosted by Burbank High School and we saw continued growth in all choirs, improving both the musicianship and performance skill of the students.  We also added another team member, Mrs. Angel Call, who taught the middle school theater arts class and co-directed the spring musical.  Our 2016-2017 school year saw continued growth.  The advanced choirs again competed at "Burbank Blast" and were able to see some of the top show choirs in the nation perform.  High School Choir 1 (Wolfgang) competed at Six Flags--Discovery Kingdom, along with our combined MS/HS bands.
 
2009-2010
Major Performances:
Holiday Concert: December 2009
National Music in our Schools Month Concert:  March 2010
Jazz/Pop Concert: May 2010
School Talent Show: February 2010
 
"Broadway Dreams" (school-wide musical): April 2010
 
Choir (11 Members)
Band (15 Members)
Guitar (4 Members)
 
All music classes were held "Zero Hour" prior to school starting.
 
2010-2011
Major Performances: 
Fall Feaste and Fanfare: (featured performers at PSP fundraiser dinner): September 2010 
Fall Concert: October 2010 
Holiday Concert: December 2010 
National Music In Our Schools Month Concert:  March 2011 
Jazz/Pop Concert: May 2011 
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: June 2011 (Choir) 
 
"Saving Paradise" (school wide musical): April 2011 
 
Band (23 Members) 
Choir (58 Members) 
Band and Choir were held during the Advisory period of the day (Band-T, Th; Choir-W, F)
 
2011-2012
Major Performances: 
Fall Concert: October 2011 
Holiday Concert: December 2011 
National Music In Our Schools Month Concert: March 2012 
Pop/Jazz Concert: May 2012 
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (MS Choir): June 2012 
 
School Talent Show: May 2012 
 
"Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood" (school wide musical): April 2012 
 
MS Choir (38 Members) 
MS Band (15 members) 
HS Choir (15 Members) 
HS Jazz Band (6 Members) 
MS Choir was held during Advisory (T, Th). MS Band was held after school (T, Th). HS Choir and HS Jazz Band were held during the school day.
 
2012-2013
Major Performances: 
Fall Concert: October 9, 2012 
Holiday Concert & Art Showcase: December 2012 
National Music In Our Schools Month Concert: March 2013 
Jazz/Pop Concert and Art Showcase: May 28, 2013 
8th Grade Promotion (8th Grade Choir): June 4, 2013 
High School Graduation (HS Choir): June 6, 2013 
 
Fall Shakespeare Play (High School only): November 8, 2012 
School Talent Show: Spring 2013 
Spring Musical (Full School): "Kilroy Was Here!" April 16-18, 2013 
 
MS Band: 25 members 
MS Choir-7th: 37 members 
MS Choir-8th: 38 members 
HS Jazz Band: 15 members 
HS Choir: 32 members 
 MS Choir-7th Grade was held during Advisory (T, Th). MS Choir-8th Grade was held during Advisory (W, F). MS Band was held after school (T, Th). High School Jazz Band was held 4th hour and High School Choir was held 3rd hour.
 
2013-2014
Major Performances: 
Fall Concert: October 9, 2013 
Holiday Showcase: December 11, 2013 
National Music in Our Schools Month Concert: March 12, 2014 
End of the Year Showcase: May 21, 2014 
8th Grade Promotion (MS Choir): June 4, 2014 
High School Graduation (HS Choirs): June 6, 2014 
 
Fall Drama Production (High School) "Much Ado About Nothing": November 2013 
School Talent Show: February 2014 
Cafe Night (Choir Show): March 2014
CSU Stanislaus Festival (High School Choirs): April 2014 
Magic Mountain Competition (High School Ensembles): May 2-3, 2014 
Spring Musical (Full School) "Grease: School Version": May 2014 
 
High School Choir 2: 22 Members 
High School Choir 1: 33 Members 
Middle School Choir: 50 Members
Choir 1 met 2nd hour, Choir 2 met 3rd hour, and MS Choir was held 4th hour.
Band, guitar classes taught by Mr. Kenneth Smith
 
2014-2015
Major Performances:
Fall Concert: October 1, 2014
Holiday Concert: December 10, 2014
National Music In Our Schools Month Concert:  March 18, 2015
End of the Year Showcase: May 13, 2015 
8th Grade Promotion (MS Choirs):  June 2015
High School Graduation (HS Choirs): June 2015
 
Other Choir Performances/Events:
Real Men Sing: September 26, 2014
Women's Chorus Festival: October 3, 2014
Night of Carols: December 2014
RAFoS Board Meeting (Sierra Serenade): December 2014
RAFoS Board Meeting (Alphas): January 2015
Cafe Night: March 6-7, 2015
CSU Stanislaus Choral Festival: April 2015
Magic Mountain Competition: May 1-2, 2015
 
School Performances:
Fall Shakespeare "Midsummer Night's Dream": November 2014
School Talent Show: March 2015
Spring Musical: May 21-23, 2015
 
Ensembles:
The Pack: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 27 members
The Sound: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 27 members
Wolfgang (High School Choir 1): 45 members
Sierra Serenade: (High School Choir 2-Advanced Women's Ensemble): 18 members
The Alphas (High School Choir 2-Advanced Mixed Choir): 24 members
 
2015-2016
Our 2015-2016 school year was another year of growth and success.  "Taming of the Shrew" was our first ever student directed play.  Shannon Lee and Griffin Buch directed a gender-flipped version of the show (allowing our cast of many girls to fight over a couple of boys).  "Camp Rock: The Musical" was performed in April, co-directed with Mrs. Angel Call and featuring our first live accompaniment band.  The advanced choirs competed at Burbank Blast and Sierra Serenade brought home the 2nd place trophy in the Novice Women's category.  The band, orchestra, and Wolfgang choirs competed at Music In The Parks-Disneyland and represented the school well with first place finishes in their categories.
 
Major Performances:
Fall Concert: October 7, 2015
Holiday Concert: December 2, 2015
Holiday Boutique: December 5, 2015 (ALL Choirs)
Cafe Night: February 5-6, 2015 (HS Choirs)
National Music In Our Schools Month Concert: March 9, 2016
End of the Year Showcase: May 18, 2016
8th Grade Promotion (MS Choirs): June 2016
High School Graduation (HS Choirs): June 3, 2016
 
Other Choir Performances/Events:
Real Men Sing: September 18, 2015 (Alphas/Wolfgang Men)
Women's Chorus Festival: October 2, 2015 (Alphas/Serenade Women)
Night of Carols: December 11, 2015 (Wolfgang)
Night of Carols: December 18, 2015 (Alphas/Serenade)
Damon Brown Workshop: December 28-29, 2015 (Alphas)
Damon Brown Workshop: December 30, 2015 (Serenade)
Burbank Blast: March 4-5, 2015 (Alphas/Serenade)
Music in the Parks Festival Competition: May 20-22, 2016 (Wolfgang)
 
Theater Performances:
Fall Shakespeare "Taming of the Shrew": November 18-19, 2015
Spring Musical (Camp Rock: The Musical): April 7-9, 2016
 
Ensembles:
The Pack: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 29 members
The Sound: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 16 members
Wolfgang (High School Choir 1): 43 members
Sierra Serenade: (High School Choir 2-Advanced Women's Ensemble): 21 members
The Alphas (High School Choir 2-Advanced Mixed Choir): 26 members
 
2016-2017
We tackled our first dramatic Shakespeare work, Julius Caesar.  Josh Vavra and Josh Davis assisted in directing.  We also invited students from our Rocklin Academy feeder schools to audition for roles in our spring musical, The Sound of Music.  Angel Call directed the spring musical, with vocal assistance from Miken Dayton.
 
Major Performances:
Fall Concert: October 12, 2016
Holiday Boutique: December 3, 2016 (ALL Choirs)
Holiday Concert: December 7, 2016
Cafe Night: February 3-4, 2017 (HS Choirs)
National Music In Our Schools Month Concert: March 15, 2017
End of the Year Showcase: May 24, 2017
8th Grade Promotion (MS Choirs): June 6, 2017
High School Graduation (HS Choirs): June 9, 2017
 
Other Choir Performances/Events:
Night of Carols: December 16, 2016 (High School Choirs)
Burbank Blast: March 2-3, 2017 (Alphas/Serenade)
Music in the Parks Festival Competition: May 21, 2017 (Wolfgang)
 
Theater Performances:
Fall Shakespeare "Julius Caesar": November ??, 2016
Spring Musical "The Sound of Music": March 30, 31, April 1, 2016
 
Ensembles:
The Pack: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 31 members
The Sound: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 24 members
Wolfgang (High School Choir 1): 32 members
Sierra Serenade: (High School Choir 2-Advanced Women's Ensemble): 32 members
The Alphas (High School Choir 2-Advanced Mixed Choir): 35 members
 
2017-2018
 
Major Performances:
Fall Concert: October 11, 2017
Holiday Boutique: December 2, 2017 (ALL Choirs)
Holiday Concert: December 6, 2017
Cafe Night "Disney": January 26-27, 2018 (HS Choirs)
National Music In Our Schools Month Concert: March 21, 2018
End of the Year Showcase: May 23, 2018
8th Grade Promotion (MS Choirs): June 6, 2018
High School Graduation (HS Choirs): June 8, 2018
 
Other Choir Performances/Events:
Night of Carols: December 15, 2017 (High School Choirs)
Burbank Blast: March 2-3, 2018 (Alphas/Serenade)
Music in the Parks Festival Competition: May 19, 2018 (Wolfgang, MS Choirs)
 
Theater Performances:
Fall Shakespeare "A Comedy of Errors": November 2017
Spring Musical "Hello! My Baby": March 2018
Ensembles:
The Pack: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 31 members
The Sound: (Middle School Mixed Choir): 18 members
Wolfgang (High School Choir 1): 27 members
Sierra Serenade: (High School Choir 2-Advanced Women's Ensemble): 34 members
The Alphas (High School Choir 2-Advanced Mixed Choir): 38 members
 
2018-2019
Major Performances:
Cafe Night (High School Choirs) October 26-27, 2018
Holiday Boutique (ALL Choirs) December 1, 2018
"Holiday Joy" (Winter Concert) December 6, 2018
Burbank Blast (Alphas/Serenade only): March 1-4, 2019
"National Music In Our Schools Month" Concert: March 13, 2019
Music in the Parks-Discovery Kingdom (Choir 1, Band): May 19, 2018
"Showcase" Concert (End of the Year Concert)  May 22, 2019
8th Grade Promotion (all MS Choir students): June 7, 2017
HS Graduation (Alphas/Serenade): June 9, 2017
 
Ensembles:
The Pack (Middle School Mixed): 32
The Sound (Middle/High School Women's): 15
Wolfgang (High School Choir 1): 33
Sierra Serenade (Advanced Women's): 23
The Alphas (Advanced Mixed): 36