JSerra Choral Music Ensembles Head to New York, USC

By Kathy Guerry

JSerra’s Choral Music Ensembles will play in two prestigious venues – one in New York, the other at USC – in early 2010.

On Feb. 20, the JSerra Chamber Choir will perform at the prestigious USC Thorton School of Music Invitational festival.

“This event is considered the most difficult festival to be invited to and only eight of the finest high school choirs from California are invited each year,” said director Andrew Alvarez.

The choir will perform in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall – one of the best performance venues for the choir to showcase its talents, he said.

Two months later, in April, the Chamber Choir, Women’s Advanced Ensemble and Alvarez will travel to New York City to compete in the Heritage Music Festival’s Festival of Gold. 

Only choirs having previously earned the ‘gold-level’ distinction are invited to this prestigious competition which is host to many of the nation’s most accomplished music programs. 

“Congratulations to Mr. Alvarez and the choir program for these amazing accomplishments,” said Tom Waszak, JSerra’s principal.

Preceding the two-day competition, the choirs will be performing concerts in St. Bartholomew Cathedral and Riverside Church – both great performance venues.  The groups will also visit Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attend a Broadway workshop with a private director/actor, see a Broadway show and tour all of the other major sight-seeing attractions around the City.
In an effort to help cover some of the travel expenses, the Choral Music Program is involved with a couple of fundraising opportunities to which we’d like to draw your attention.  The first: a custom-designed, limited-edition keepsake JSerra Christmas Ornament crafted in fine pewter and featuring the JSerra lion head and school name banner.  This beautiful, must-have ornament is being offered for only $15 (see JSerra cashier) and makes a great Christmas gift for students, teachers and friends. 
The second fundraiser, taking place on January 20, 2010, is Ladies Bunco Night at Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita! The Bunco buy-in price is $35 at the door. RVSPs are required for this limited-seating event – please follow this link for sign-up contact information. 
You have our heartfelt thanks for your support of the JSerra choirs!