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 Show Design,
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!
April 15, 2015
April 3, 2015
2015-16 auditions are just an 8-count away!
March 18, 2015
A closer look at our Xtravaganza judges
PAUL GULSVIG - Paul Gulsvig has been involved in Choral Education for the past 42 years, and retired in 2006 from Onalaska High School in Onalaska, WI where he taught for
28 of those 42 years. In his new capacity with More Than Music, he is now a much sought after retreat presenter, show doctor and motivational speaker, conducting leadership workshops for high schools, in-service workshops for school districts and show choir adjudication. He has directed All-State and Regional Choirs in Nebraska, Alabama, Alaska, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
MICHELLE JENSEN - Michelle is a choral director, clinician, and teacher. Currently directing the Chamber Singers and teaching Music Education at Azusa Pacific University, she has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California where she is currently pursuing a DMA in Choral Music after earning her BM and MME. Michelle is a member of SAG and AFTRA with an extensive performance resume including commercials, voice- overs, music videos, guest-star roles on television and live performances.
MICHAEL ORLAND - Michael Orland is currently the Pianist, Arranger and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series AMERICAN IDOL. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of American Idol. n addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including Susan Anton, Lucie Arnaz, Kaye Ballard, Lynda Carter, Sam Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Chita Rivera, Cybill Shepherd and the late Wayland Flowers & Madame, Michael played for the hit shows “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”, “RUTHLESS!”, and “WHEN PIGS FLY” in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller. Every winter, Michael musically directs one of the touring companies of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR starring the world-famous Rockettes. And he is now a published author in the best-selling book “Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul.” Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out soon.
TINA GLANDER PETERSON - Tina Glander Peterson is Director of Choirs at Irvine High School where she directs five choirs and AP music theory. She is currently in her second season as Assistant Director of the Southern California Children’s Choir for Concert Choir and Ensemble. Mrs. Peterson also serves as the Minister of Music at Church of the CA. For three years she was the Director of Choirs atFoothills in Tustin,
Oak Middle School (Sing with Pride!) in Los Alamitos, CA., and taught middle school choral music for ten years in the public schools of Wisconsin. She is an active adjudicator and guest clinician for choral music festivals and performance events around the state and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and The Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA).
ELLEN SKINNER - Ellen J. Skinner is a retired Michigan community College professor of music theatre, show and chamber choir. She also taught high school for 38 years where her show groups were National Champions year after year. In the 90s her groups were some of the first to incorporate stories and musical theatre aspects into acompetition group. In her retirement, she has taught music production and served as a vocal and choral coach for Los Alamitos High School as well as teaching private voice and judging show choir and solo classical state competitions throughout the Midwest.
THOR STEINGRABER - Thor Steingraber is the Executive Director of the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge, and former Vice President of Programming at the Los Angeles Music Center. Thor brings to this role over 20 years in the performing arts, as a director, writer, and arts administrator. As a director his workhas appeared on 3 continents and at most of the major American opera houses, including Lincoln Center, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He enjoyed a relationship with the Los Angeles Opera for more than a decade, where he directed regularly. As an educator, Thor has taught at some of the nation’s most esteemed universities and conservatories, including Yale School of Music, Indiana University, and the Curtis Institute.
March 18, 2015
1,800+ show choir performers
to appear at Xtravaganza 2015
Limited tickets are still available for the largest
show choir competition in the United States
Los Alamitos High School is about to become the center of the show choir universe over the next several days, as more than 1,800 performers are coming to town to take part in Xtravaganza 2015. The three-day competition takes place March 19-21.
Since it’s inception ten years ago, Xtravaganza has become the largest show choir competition in the United States. It will feature many of the top show choirs in the country competing head-to-head for championship bragging rights.
The event will take place in the Margaret Webb Performing Arts Center on the campus of Los Alamitos High School, 3460 Cerritos Avenue, in Los Alamitos, starting at 3:15 pm on Thursday, March 19.
Xtravaganza will feature 45 choirs in seven divisions who will compete in front of six judges, including well known American Idol musical director Michael Orland. They will be grading groups on choreography, sound quality, vowel formation, syncronicity, and more.
“This is the 10th year we’ve hosted Xtravaganza and the caliber of the choirs joining us this year is diverse and highly accomplished. It’s a privilege for us to host such an array of talent coming to Los Alamitos,” said Los Alamitos Choir Director David Moellenkamp.
Ten middle school groups will perform on Thursday, March 19, starting at 3:15 pm. On Friday, 16 novice and intermediate high school groups will perform, also starting at 3:15 pm. Eighteen intermediate and advanced high school groups will perform on Saturday starting at 9 am, and culminating with the Advanced Mixed AAA Division performing in the evening, including an exhibition performance by Los Alamitos High School’s Advanced Mixed Choir SoundFX, who were recently named Grand Champions at the FAME New York City competition.
“While competing is an important element of this event, Xtravaganza is also a celebration of talent and creativity channeled onto the stage for everyone to enjoy,” added Moellenkamp.
A limited number of tickets for all divisions are still available. General admission seating is $15 per session, except for Divisions 6 (Advanced Mixed AA) and 7 (Advanced Mixed AAA) on Saturday evening, which are $20 per session. A special Advanced Mixed Division Combo ticket for seating in both the AA and AAA divisions is also available for $30.
March 11, 2015
Updated Xtravaganza forms
UPDATED MARCH 14 - LIABILITY FORM ADDED
Here are some important forms and information for our attendees.
See our updated Technical forms here.
See the Ticket Order Form here.
See our Full Food Menu here.
See our Snack Bar Menu here.
See our Liability Form here.
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.
March 1, 2015
Connexion wins first ever championship at Hart Encore
The Griffins choir competition got off to a roaring start as Los Al's newest choir won their first ever championship competing in the Mixed Intermediate Division at HartEncore this past Friday evening. The group was also recognized for Best Showmanship and Musicianship as well.
Los Al's other groups also made a strong show as Xquisite, Soundtrax and SoundFX all garnered First Runner Up honors in a marathon competition day on Saturday. SoundFX also won a caption award for Best Costumes and Jenna Rosen was recognized as the Mixed Advanced Division's Best Female Soloist.
SoundFX and Soundtrax now get ready to travel to New York City later this week to take part in the FAME competition at Lincoln Center.
February 5, 2015
General public tix for our Spring Show are now on sale
A limited number of tickets are now available for purchase for our next show taking place February 19-21 at Los Alamitos High School. We are expecting four more sold out shows, so don't delay. To order, go here.
January 29, 2015
2015 performance schedule
Here's an easy way for parents, groupies, fans, and everyone else to save the upcoming performance dates for your favorite choir program. Info is subject to change, so be sure to double check performance particulars closer to curtain for each of these shows.
February 27-28 -- Hart High School Competition - All groups are attending. Friday competition is Xquisite & Axcent. Saturday competition is FX, Trax, Xtreme & Connexion.
Thursday March 5 to Sunday March 8 - FAME New York City Nationals - SoundFX and SoundTrax
Saturday, March 14 - Burbank Blast Competition - all groups
Monday, March 16 - All District Choral Festival
Thursday, March 19 to Saturday, March 21 Xtravaganza Choir Competition hosted by Los Alamitos High School
Saturday, April 11 - Burroughs High School Competition - Sound FX and Soundtrax attending but may change pending final decision on So Cal Choir Competition
Saturday, April 18 - So Cal Show Choir Competition - tentative
April 24-27 - FAME Chicago - SoundFX and SoundTrax attending, exact dates pending
Thursday, May 28 - Pops Show @ 7 pm
Friday, May 29 - Pops Show @ 7 pm
Saturday, May 30 - Pops Show @ 2 and 7 pm
The auditoriums may be empty now......but not for long. We hope you enjoy the upcoming season!