July 1, 2015
Our new Bingo Fundraiser program is spot on!
Our Bingo Fundraiser is our single biggest fundraising effort, raising more than $50,000 annually for our program. That's a significant amount of funds that make a big impact on our program. Every Tuesday evening, 52 weeks a year, we host a popular game in Cypress for an excitable bunch of passionate players. But quite frankly, sometimes we're so popular that we don't have enough choir loving volunteers to staff our game. We just flat out need more help.
To attract more volunteers, we came up with a pretty good idea.
Twice a year, our individual choirs will be responsible for staffing our Bingo Fundraiser for a month. Staff it to 100% of what we need, and we'll give your choir $150 for an end of the year party. Do it twice, and that's $300. Those folks who volunteer will also earn cash toward their individual accounts to offset their student choir expenses that come up throughout the year.
The work is easy. The players are nice. And volunteer shifts are only 2 hours long. The only catch is that you must be at least 18 years old to staff the game.
This all starts next week on July 7, and SoundFX is up first for this month, followed by Soundtrax in August. The rest of the schedule is as follows:
July and January - SoundFX
August and February - Soundtrax
September and March - Connexion
October and April - Xquisite
November and May - Xtreme
December and June - Axcent
To volunteer, go to http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/982345634534010046
If you are in Xpressions only, you may pick any bingo shift in any month to help out. Xpressions will automatically earn end of year party money every time FX and Trax fulfull their monthly commitments. Our goal is to build up our bingo workforce and create ownership across the choirs for our Bingo Fundraiser, our biggest fundraiser of the year.
If you have questions, contact our Bingo Scheduler Geri Lynn Smith at 562-256-6112.
The bottom line is this. Participate in our Bingo Fundraiser, and you can earn money for your student. You can earn money for your choir. And you can earn money for your choir program.
Championship choirs and championship choir programs are all about team work. Here's your chance to be a part of the Bingo Fundraiser team that is making a big difference in maintaining a championship caliber program.
June 27, 2015
A chat with David Moellenkamp
June 9, 2015
Life after Los Al...
There’s a curiosity factor about “what comes next” with students we’ve all watched on stage and gotten to know during their time in our choir program. So we asked our seniors what their plans are for life after Los Al. Here’s where some of our esteemed young men and women are headed in the next chapter of their lives…
Madi Joseph is majoring in Technical Theatre at Baylor University
Maria Lemire is attending New York University
Sarah Pisani is majoring in Business Administration at Cal Poly SLO
Sabrina Benfanti is pursuing a Nursing degree at the University of Arizona
Calvin Wong is joining the Navy
Sierra Oberacker is majoring in Liberal Studies at Loyola Marymount University
Abby Kurtz, Skye Meredith and Mitchel Dambrowski are all attending Young Americans College of the Performing Arts
Kassidy Dillon is majoring in Merchandise Product Development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise
Siobhan Allen is majoring in International Relations at New York University
Mikel Smith is majoring in Theater Arts at Evergreen State College
Nyoka Hunt is majoring in Psychology at CSU East Bay
Rey Barcelo is majoring in Computer Science at Stanford University
Kyla Woyshner is attending UC Berkeley
Karoline Ribak is majoring in Creative Producing at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Micaela Acuna is majoring in Marine Biology at CSU Long Beach
Kylee Cashion is majoring in Nursing
Tre Boutilier is majoring in Business at CSU Channel Islands
Tiffany Parham is majoring in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University
Cianna Camacho is majoring in Biology at CSU Long Beach
Kaitlyn Spear is majoring in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven
Cheryl Bond is majoring in English and Political Science at Carnegie Mellon University
Soon, you’ll be a part of different tribes, and called 49ers, Dolphins, Panthers, Lions, Wildcats, Bears, Tartans and more. But ALL of you have earned the right to be called Griffins for the rest of your amazing lives. And just as important…to be called a Los Alamitos High School Choir Program alumni.
Good luck to all our seniors who are spreading out to the four corners of the United States and beyond.
Come back for a visit and let us know how it’s going when you get a chance.
June 8, 2015
2015-16 Vocal Production Class list
Ardon Pane, Cecilia Alexandra
Colson, Alexis Caroline
Dement, Kaela Dominique
Fetterman, Danielle Justine
Glaudini, Charles Anthony
Hope, Sierra Skye
Kim, Eun Taek
Knight, Juliette Abigail
Logan, Kieralyn R
Marshall, Isabella Grace
McClure, Mikaela Ann
Parker, Hayden Cameron
Pool, Kayla Madeline
Robertson, Paris Love
Swan Smith, Connor James
June 7, 2015
Here are your 2015-16 Choir Lists
Congratulations to all our new choir members! We are very excited about our upcoming year with all of you. The talent level is higher than we have ever seen and we are confident through hard work we can make every group the best they have ever been.
We certainly understand what it feels like to not be chosen for the group of our dreams but we promise each and everyone of you that we will work our hardest to make the group that you have been chosen for a dream group. In addition, every year we have incredible leadership opportunities available for our students. Please take advantage of becoming a leader in your selected choir.
We also strongly encourage everyone to continue singing and dancing throughout the summer. There are several camp options including Xcite Music and Performance camps that begin next week and OCSD Summer workshops as well. Please take advantage of the wonderful educational opportunities that are offered to you in your community.
Please be supportive of everyone in our program and lets work hard to make sure 2015-2016 is the best year we have ever had.
To view our 2015-16 Choir Lists, go here.
June 7, 2015
REMINDER! Xcite camps start next Monday
June 3, 2015
Vocal Production students to perform with Foreigner
Los Alamitos High School’s Vocal Production class will be jamming on stage with Foreigner this summer after winning a morning radio jingle contest today. The students competed against Woodbridge High School in Irvine as finalists vying for the right to step on stage with the legendary rock group when they play at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine on August 27.
Both schools beat out dozens of other entries for the right to to be judged live on the Mark in the Morning Show on 100.3 FM. Mark Thompson (formerly of the long running Mark and Brian Radio Show) brought in Glee alumni and celebrity judge Kevin McHale to help decide which group produced the best Mark in the Morning jingle, which both groups of students performed live on the air, along with a 60 second snippet of a song of their choosing.
Listeners were also able to participate and support the students by texting in votes for their favorite group over the course of 30 minutes following each group’s performance.
The Vocal Production class is part of the Los Alamitos High School choir program under the direction of David Moellenkamp. The program has eight choirs and more than 600 students, making it the largest extracurricular activity on campus.
Students recently wrapped up a highly successful run, performing 17 sold-out shows over the course of the school year. The program’s advanced mixed and advanced women’s groups also won National Grand Championships this spring for the second year in a row.
May 4, 2015
In the running for a GRAMMY Award
We're pleased to announce that out of more than 4,500 original entries, Mr.Moellenkamp has been named a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
He joins just over 200 other outstanding teachers from 42 states across the country vying to move on to the semi-final round which will be announced in September. Ultimately, one recipient will be selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to host city of the GRAMMY Awards to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium during GRAMMY Week in 2016.
Congratulations to Mr. Moellenkamp on being named a quarterfinalist for this very prestigious recognition. Please join us in rooting for him to advance to the next round of judging.
April 26, 2015
Soundtrax and SoundFX sweep
to National Championship victories
Competing against some of the best show choirs in the nation on April 24 and 25, both of Los Alamitos High School’s advanced choirs won National Grand Championships at the FAME Nationals Show Choir Competition in Chicago.
Los Al’s Advanced Women’s Choir, Soundtrax, was crowned champions on Friday evening in the Unisex division, garnering additional honors for Best Show Design, Best Vocals, Best Visuals and Best Diction.
Los Al’s Advanced Mixed Choir beat out almost 20 other choirs on Saturday evening in the Mixed Division to earn championship honors. They received a number of awards for their performance, including Best Male and Female Sound, Most Original Selection for "Smoke and Mirrors,” Best Costumes, Best Show Design, Best Vocals, Best Visuals, and Best Repertoire.
Soundtrax and SoundFX are now back-to-back champions. Both also won National Grand Championships in 2014.
In addition to the choir’s victories, Los Alamitos High School Choir Director David Moellenkamp was also honored with the Vocal Vanguard Aspire Award, the industry's highest honor for vocal music direction. Los Al’s choreographer, April James, was honored with a Visual Vanguard Aspire Award, the industry's highest honor for creative excellence in choreography.
Congratulations to all of our championship students, Mr. Moellenkamp and his staff, our band and all of our supporters!
March 6, 2015
Soundtrax and SoundFX win
Grand Championships at FAME NYC
Countless weeks of rehearsals and hard work paid off on Friday when Soundtrax and SoundFX both won Grand Championships at the FAME New York City show choir competition at Lincoln Center. In addition to championship wins, SoundFX also garnered awards for Best Show Design, Vocals and Choreography. SoundFX's Sophia Wackerman was named Best Female Soloist. The win qualifes both groups to compete for National Grand Championships in Chicago in late April.
Before they can even think about Chicago, the champs will need to come home, rest and regroup. Along with our other Griffin choirs, both will be competing at the Burbank Blast Competition on Saturday, March 14 and performing at the All-District Choral Festival on Monday, March 16.