Carnegie Hall Concert Preview at Soka University

JSerra Fine Arts  invites you to a special preview of the repertoire to be performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall this Spring by the JSerra Choral department.

SOKA Universty

Performing Arts Center

Thursday, March 8,  7:30 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.

Hand bell class offered at JSerra

JSerra Catholic announced today that it will offer a hand bell course this fall to broaden the Choral Department’s musical offerings.

Students will learn to play songs like Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” They will also perform classical music by Brahms and Handel.

“It will be a fun course,” said Brian Dehn. “If you read music and are up for a challenge, this is the course for you.”

JSerra is also continuing the introductory level choirs, girls’ choir and men’s ensemble.

Students will learn to match pitch and sing harmonies, will  work with foreign languages and will get individualized voice guidance.

Choir camp is also coming soon. The camp is required for students in advanced choirs, including chamber singers and those in advanced women’s ensemble. It is also available for others who are interested.

Practice begins Aug. 23. Camp ends with a concert Aug. 26.

Students will work on choral ensemble-ship and receive private voice coaching and music-reading lessons. There are only 13 spots available.

More information can be found at JSerra Choir.

If you have questions about the Music Department, contact Mr. Dehn at

Advanced Women’s Ensemble takes First Place GOLD at Heritage Festival

It is my pleasure to share the great news that our Advanced Women’s Ensemble took the highest First Place GOLD award as well as the highest scores by all the judges — during the Heritage Festival in the San Francisco Bay area.  An impressive plaque was awarded for First Place GOLD and a beautiful large trophy was awarded for the highest scores in the 3A division by all the judges.  Although we are a 2A school the organization asked if we would  compete up a division. Taking first GOLD award has qualified our Women’s Ensemble to compete at a very prestigious national festival in the East Coast which is limited ONLY to choirs with a 96 or better.

I am very proud of the commitment and dedicated work of our Advanced Women’s Ensemble.

Please join me in congratulating our students.

Mr. Alvarez

JSerra Catholic High School Announces New Choral Director Brian Dehn to Lead Award Winning Choir

*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School

(San Juan Capistrano, CA)–Music instructor and member of the Chorus America, Brian Dehn will now lead JSerra’s Choral Department beginning July 2011.

Dehn, former music instructor at Cornelia Conelly School in Anaheim looks forward to continually building onto the successful program Choral Director Andrew Alvarez has built at JSerra four short years ago.

“I am proud and honored to be chosen to lead JSerra’s Choral Department, I look forward to many great additions and traditions that JSerra has instilled in the Choral program,” said Dehn.

We congratulate and thank Andrew Alvarez, exiting JSerra Choral Director, for his amazing work with the JSerra choir.  Andrew introduced choral music to JSerra and in four short years he built a program that has achieved rave reviews from audiences across the world, including Pope Benedict XVI, has performed in churches in Florence and Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, has won regional and national choral festivals and competitions, and brought great prestige and pride to JSerra.

“Due to Andrew’s great work he leaves a program that is highly acclaimed and one that has attracted the attention of other choral directors,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President and CEO. “As a result, we are blessed to have strong interest from very talented choir directors who are excited about the opportunity to fill some big shoes left by Andrew’s departure. Brian possesses the expertise, experience, and vision to lead the JSerra choral program on the path of continued success established by Andrew Alvarez.  We are very fortunate to have found someone with Brian’s skill set to take over one of JSerra’s strongest and most valued programs.”

Dehn comes to JSerra with an extensive musical background from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Completing his Bachelors of Music in conducting, vocal performance and music education Dehn comes from Corneila Connelly School in Anaheim as their lead music instructor for the past 7 years.


About JSerra Choral Department

In four short years JSerra built a Choral program that has achieved rave reviews from audiences around the world, including Pope Benedict XVI. The JSerra Choral program has performed in churches in Florence and Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, and has won regional and national choral festivals and competitions, and brought great prestige and pride to JSerra. For more, visit


About JSerra Catholic High School

Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit


Spring Pop’s Concert is Coming to JSerra and the Irvine Spectrum

Photo courtesy of the Irvine Spectrum Center

You are invited to two events that the Instrumental Music Department will be performing in.  The Spring Pop’s Concert is Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30-8:30 in the Center Room. Please come and see our fabulous Steel Drum Bands, Orchestra and Jazz Bands. The Advanced Orchestra from St. Anne’s will be our guest musicians that evening. This is the last concert of the year and the best part is that it’s FREE.

Also this Saturday, May 14, the combined Steel Drum Bands will be performing at the Irvine Spectrum from 1-3pm. Come out and enjoy the calypso sounds of our Beginning Steel Drum Band and the Advanced Steel Drum Band-Pandemic. We will be performing right in front of the Giant Wheel. Steel Drum Bands at the Irvine Spectrum this Saturday May, 14 from 1-3.