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  • Torres Music Program Quickly achieving excellence.

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/18/2022 9:00:00 PM

    Torres Spring Concert

    The Torres High Spring Concert would have been an entertaining event even if you weren't going to support a friend or family member. Highlights included a beautiful duet in the choir set, an entrancing film-accompanied montage from the Harry Potter film scores performed flawlessly by the Concert Band, and a high-class performance by the student-led Sax Quartet. As there are yet no seniors in the Torres student-body, the program is set to continue building up even their best musicians. Don't miss next year's concerts.

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  • Berenda Spring Concert

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/18/2022

    Berenda Band Concert

    At Berenda Elementary, many students participate in multiple ensembles. From the large rate of participation on stage and in the audience, to the brain research shared by principal Carsten Christiansen, it is no surprise how important music is to the Berenda community. The Choir and Orchestra are directed by Brooke McCoy and the Band by Matt Robeson.

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  • Middle School programs demonstarte tremendous growth

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/17/2022 10:00:00 PM

    Combined Middle School Concert

    The combined concert of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, and Desmond Middle Schools may have seemed like a duplicate of their combined winter concert, except this time, the music was way better. With skyrocketing music enrollment, next year's concerts will surely split into multiple events. Band Directors Matt Robeson (Desmond), Cory Beahm (MLK), and Joshua Andree (TJ) and their students have a lot to be proud of. The MLK Mariachi is especially improved. Also impressive was the middle school orchestra directed by Lisa Eleazarian, Nathan Camp, and Alex Visciglio.

    Choral Director Kirstyn Smith and her accompanist Jane Weibe premiered their final concert on the Middle School Stage, as Mrs. Smith is set to take over the choral program at Torres High and Mrs. Weibe will retire in a few days. Their set of fun and beautiful music was a joy for the audience, despite the overacting of their narrator. 

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  • MSHS Band Concert and Awards

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/16/2022 8:00:00 PM

    MSHS Band Awards

    The Madera South High Band hosted their Spring Concert and Awards in front of a packed MSHS Theater. The evening recognized the contributions of several exceptional students, including the four-year commitment of graduating seniors. Music offerings from the Jazz Band, Percussion and Concert Band were entertaining and complex. The set even included popular film score material that is instantly recognizable. The event was a great end to a highly successful year.

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  • Alumni rejoin Howard Band

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/16/2022 6:00:00 PM

    Howard Spring Concert

    Mr. Diego Zarate-White led his students in their spring concert: their first public performance on campus since the pandemic closure. The evening featured the beginning band, a large choir joined by accompanist Jane Wiebe in her final pre-retirement week, and the intermediate band. The Jazz Band was joined by three Howard alumni, with whom current students impressively kept up.

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  • Fresno State Professor instructs TJ Choir

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/16/2022 1:00:00 PM

    Earnhart Clinic at TJ

    Choir students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School received a clinic from Fresno State Director of Choral Activities, Cari Earnhart, as an extension of the excellent regular instruction of Choir Director Kirstyn Smith. Dr. Earnhart listened to a few of the pieces from the students' upcoming concerts and provided immediate coaching that resulted in immediate improvement. Working with higher ed. instructors gives students a glimpse into their potential as post-secondary musicians. We are grateful to Dr. Earnhart for her partnership.

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  • Madera Artists Shine at Arts Fest

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/7/2022

    Works from Arts Fest

    Madera Unified Students had a remarkable showing at Arts Fest, hosted by the Madera County Superintendent of Schools. The gallery was filled with the 15 best works from each Madera Unified school alongside that of other county schools, with many of the top awards going to our students. In addition to touring the gallery, students and their families participated in art projects, enjoyed live music, and mingled in the large community event. 

    Wors featured here include Princess of the Night by Allisson Larios of Eastin Arcola, Beyond Perfect Imperfections by Destiny Melgoza of MSHS, Befuddled by Bella Henderson of Thomas Jefferson, Down the Rabbit Hole by Jonathan Sparkman of MHS, Bowser by Erick Rojas of MSHS, Melting Clock by Yamileth Rios of MLK, and Bloomed Feelings by Ramon Sanchez of LaVina.

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  • MSHS Choir Director springs surprise Alumni concert

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/5/2022

    MSHS Choir Concert

    Madera South High Choir and director Roger Harabedian presented their Spring Concert, which included an opening performance by the polished Show Choir and later featured a medley from the Lion King. The choir was accompanied by special guest pianist Mark Woods, Becky Lapin, and percussionists from the band. The music was enhanced by the lighting effects of designer Wiliam Campa Santos. The stand-out highlight of the evening occurred when approximately 20 alumni of the program stood and began singing from their position in the audience before joining the high school students on stage. The moment was a surprise to both the audience and students, though the alumni participated in rehearsals to prepare.

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  • Lincoln Open House Concert

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/5/2022

    Lincoln Band and Choir

    Music Director Joy Cunningham conducts the Lincoln Band and Choir at their Spring Concert.

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  • Chavez Open House showcases a strong arts culture

    Posted by Brandon Gilles on 5/3/2022

    Chavez Open House

    The Cesar Chavez Elementary School Open House brought hundreds of parents and family members to campus for an event that was opened by the band, choir, and orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Nathan Camp. As principal Stephanie McPherson dismissed the standing-room-only crowd to classrooms, the cafeteria was transformed into an art gallery, curated by Ms. Susi Russell, featuring artwork from throughout the year. Students led their parents through the gallery, eager to show off the work they are most proud of.

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