La Cañada High School students are so eager to raise their voices in song that their choral music director, Jeff Brookey, decided to create another audition choir this year because of the popularity of the program that now has more than 330 students. Continue reading “Brookey Keeps LCHS Choral Music Program Humming”
The La Cañada High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Jeff Brookey, returned Sunday from a five-day tour of Seattle. The tour featured workshops with two college choir conductors as well as the WorldStrides National Festival, at which 500 students from 13 choirs went before judges to perform and receive feedback. Continue reading “LCHS Concert Choir Wins Top Award in Seattle”
By Jack MacKenzie
Special to the Outlook
The decision to host high school choral music festivals culminated in a long but rewarding week of performances for the La Cañada High School choral program.
All six LCHS choirs received “Superior” ratings from a panel of adjudicators as La Cañada hosted a Southern California Vocal Association Festival at Lanterman Auditorium. The superior rating is the highest accolade a choir can get in festival judging. Continue reading “LCHS Choirs Finish Big Week With ‘Superior’ Performances”
Students were silent for a few moments Friday during Jeff Brookey’s third-period Concert Choir class, focused on the task of writing notes of encouragement to students they’d never met but wholeheartedly support at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people were killed during a mass shooting there on Feb. 14. Continue reading “LCHS Students Send Heartfelt Letters to Florida School Survivors”
La Cañada Flintridge’s award-winning choral music program kicks off the year on a fun note with the annual Pops Scholarship Concert on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the La Cañada High School Auditorium.
The pops format is made up of a series of solo and small group performances, giving students an opportunity to leave their gowns and suits behind to perform their favorite pop songs. Last year, the playlist included songs by Elton John, Jason Mraz, the Chainsmokers, Sara Bareilles and Rachel Platten. Jeff Brookey, the LCHS choral director, will conduct.
The concert raises money for the Choral Music Scholarship Program, helping students defray the costs of international and domestic tours and competitions. Admission is $10 at the door.
The LCHS choral program is nationally recognized for teaching proper technique, choral performance and musicianship. Throughout the year, students study and perform a wide range of choral music from different eras and cultures. More information on the program can be found at lchschoral.org.
When Jake Stolmack hears himself say it aloud, the gravity of the notion hits him: “You tell people, ‘Oh, we’re singing for the Pope,’ but then you’re like, ‘We’re singing for the Pope!’” Continue reading “LCHS Choir Off to Italy to Sing — Maybe Even for the Pope”