JSerra Catholic High School’s Chamber Choir and Advanced Women’s Ensemble recently earned first-place gold awards at a national competition in San Francisco.
Judge Dr. Jocelyn Jensen, director of Choral Studies at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, cited JSerra’s ability to “paint a vocal picture (that) was breathtakingly beautiful, but also technically demanding and intellectually stimulating.”
The Lions beat 45 other choir groups from throughout the U.S. The victories qualify the choirs for the prestigious Festival of Gold competition in New York in 2010.
The choirs were awarded the overall trophy for division 2A, schools with 800 to 1,600-student enrollment.
The school also earned a prestigious individual award. Student Tomohiro Majima was recognized with the Maestro Award for his violin accompaniment on the composition “Vine Hulpe di la Munte.”
“This is a remarkable achievement considering that JSerra’s choral program began less than two years ago,” said Tom Waszak, JSerra’s principal. “It’s important recognition of the outstanding commitment, hard work and talent of our choral students.”
The Chamber Choir is composed of 24 boys and girls and the Advanced Women’s Ensemble has 27 girls. The Heritage Festival was the first choral competition for JSerra students in the history of the program.
Andrew Alvarez established JSerra’s choral program in 2007, and serves as Director of Choral Music. “I’m proud of our students,” he said. “When we launched the choral program, it was our goal to have it become one of the top programs in the country. Thanks to our students’ dedication, positive attitude and talent, we’re well on our way.”