November 19, 2014
 
The day choreographer David W. Connolly
brought his extraordinary talents to Los Al
 
A renowned Broadway veteran also surprised Griffin choir students
with an even more amazing story about overcoming obstacles in life
 
Los Alamitos High School Choir Director David Moellenkamp has two choirs who are National Grand Champions looking to repeat yet again this coming spring.  His job is an enviable but challenging – how to maintain the performance bar high enough so that you can repeat that championship run. 
 
But before all of his choirs can focus on the competition season, they must get ready in short order for a big Holiday program in early December.  The popular fare is sure to include four sold-out shows.  That’s no small feat considering there are less than eight weeks between the choirs’ successful Broadway shows and the upcoming Holiday shows on December 4-6.
 
To put an extra spark in his performers for the Holiday shows, Moellenkamp recently invited David W. Connolly--one of the pre-eminent choreographers in America--to work with students on the Holiday show. 
 
Connolly, in turn, brought with him a slew of Broadway and television credits--both as a performer and as a choreographer--for a week long intensive series of lessons for several of Los Al’s eight choirs.  By way of introduction, on Broadway, Connolly starred in several productions including HMS Pinafore, Brigadoon, and Little Shop of Horrors before moving to Los Angeles and finding success as an associate producer for the Miss America Pageant and the Jerry Lewis Telethon, among several other notable efforts.
 
He is currently in the midst of his biggest career challenge yet, choreographing his first Broadway show, “The First Wives Club” which goes into previews in Chicago in early 2015.  It is set to debut on Broadway later in 2015 or early 2106.
 
As impressive as these accomplishments are, they pale in comparison to what Connolly had to overcome to achieve them. 
 
Born with severe leg deformities, David W. Connolly is a double amputee who lost both of his legs below the knee as a young child. 
 
He spent several years learning how to use prosthetics and when he discovered a love of choir, he turned his considerable will to mastering the rigors of singing and dancing in a choir environment.
 
“I'm living my dream.  But I worked extremely hard to get to this point.  No one becomes successful without hard work,” said an understated Connolly recently.
 
So the week spent with Los Al’s choir students was not only about technique, theory and practical work getting ready for the Holiday shows, it was also about motivating students to overcome any obstacle that stands in their way if they really want to achieve something in life.
 
Choir director David Moellenkamp first met Connolly at the Stage Door Manor Workshops in upstate New York.
 
“David Connolly has been an inspiration to me since I first met him several years ago.  He’s an absolutely amazing talent and our students were privileged to work with such a genius,” said Moellenkamp.
 
As they gear up for the competition season ahead, Connolly’s lessons of overcoming all obstacles and striving to be the best have laid a foundation to help students focus during long hours of rehearsals ahead. While the students were inspired, their guest teacher also came away with a sense of just how good his students were for the week.
 
“Los Alamitos students are amazing to work with and this is one of the finest music departments in the country. They are so fortunate to work with so many talented individuals,” said Connolly after working with the students.
 
“Most students throughout the country do not have the great opportunities to experience what they have at Los Al, and to fully realize the opportunity to discover what they love to do,” he added.
 
After the Holiday shows are over, Moellenkamp will focus his efforts on the larger tasks at hand—getting a majority of his choirs prepped for a grueling competition season that kicks off in late February.  In addition to a series of local competitions for all of the program’s choirs, the mixed men’s and women’s advanced choir, SoundFX, and women’s advanced choir, Soundtrax, will travel to New York City to defend their titles in early March. A little more than a month later, the two groups will travel to Chicago for another national competition.  
 
Prior to embarking on their competition season, students be performing their annual Holiday Show in the Margaret Webb Performing Arts Center on the campus of Los Alamitos High School.  Shows will take place December 4, 5 and 6 at 7 pm with a special matinee on December 6 at 2 pm.  A few tickets remain and are priced at $10-$15. 
 
For more information, visit the choir’s website at www.losalamitoschoir.comor email the choir’s ticket manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  
November 16, 2014
 
Our golf tournament was a swingin' success!
 
Thank you to everyone who made our first annual Swing for the Stars Golf Tournament a big swingin' success. We had 68 golfers play at El Dorado Golf Course on November 10 and more than 100 supporters join us for the Awards Dinner/Auction afterwards. Here's a quick recap and another gracious round of thank-you's to our generous sponsors.  

WINNERS:
1ST Place - Rick Hodgin, Cliff Shigaki, Bill McCord, Eric Thompson, -11 under par
2nd Place - Brian Ahern, Steve Hollimon, Calder McNab, Alex Acetta, -10 under par
Closest to Pin – Thomas Williams
Straightest Drive – Jack Klaus
Longest Drive – Jerry Gargus

BRONZE SPONSORS:
San Pedro Fish Market (Michael Ungaro)
Trench Shoring (Kevin Malloy)
Eldredge Insurance Agency (Todd Eldredge)

CONTEST SPONSORS:
Liewald Accounting/ (Closest to Pin-Hole #3)- Louise Liewald
Patrick Lewis Investments/(Straightest Drive –Hole #5) – Brian Ahern
TYR Sport, Inc./(Longest Drive – Hole #7) – Steve Furniss
The Gooch Family/(Hole in One – Hole #12) – Rachel Gooch
Competitive Aquatic Supply/(Goodie Bag/t-Shirt) Karen/Kurt Kachigan
The Gardens Casino/Golf Cart Signage

HOLE SPONSORS:
JG Davidson & Co. (James Davidson)
El Pollo Loco (Cliff Shigaki)
Services for Fire and Police (Arnie Klein)
Edward P. Wicorek DDS
Russ Conkle 76
Beach Dentist (James Blake)
November 1, 2014
 
You're invited to perform with the Young Americans!
 
This year the Young Americans are offering LAHS choir members a workshop and chance to perform with the Young Americans  at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.  
 
There are two workshop days at Los Al on November 12 and 19 from 3-5 pm.  There will be a final rehearsal on November 21 from 3:30-6:30 pm with the show taking place at 8 pm.  Students will need to provide their own transportation to the La Mirada Theatre. Tickets will be $13-$30 and a portion of the box office sales will be donated to our choir's general fund.  
 
We hope to see all of our kids on stage enjoying this wonderful opportunity with the Young Americans!  
 
For questions and to sign up, please contact Zoe Hagmann at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The deadline is November 5.

October 22, 2014

Relive a Wicked-ly good time for years to come

 
The rave reviews are in and everyone who saw it agrees....this was one of our best Broadway shows ever.  
 
If you saw the show, you know what we're talking about.  If you didn't get a chance to go, you can still see what everyone's talking about.
 
PROFESSIONALLY SHOT...DVDs, Blu-ray's and audio CDs are now available to order.  
 
FROM START TO FINISH...you'll get our complete show including Act 1 songs "One Fine Day", "You've Got a Friend" and others from Carole King's musical "Beautiful", all the great songs from "Jersey Boys" (featuring Tommy Olaes singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You"), Grease ("Summer Nights" "Beauty School Drop-out") and a strong finish to Act 1 with selections from "West Side Story" (including the popular "Officer Krupke" by Xtreme, "America" featuring Sophia Wackerman, and a big closer with "Somewhere" by our combined choirs).
 
Act 2 transported us half way around the world with Nine (including "Cinema Italiano" with SoundFX and Mario Arias with Soundtrax singing "Guido's Song"), Xquisite's "Just Arrived" from "Copacabana", Connexion singing "Hit the Road Jack" from "Ray" and last but not least, our suite songs from "Wicked" featuring Jenna Lee Rosen and Sydney DeMaria that earned standing ovations during the set as fans came out of their seats to defy a bit of gravity in appreciation for our student performer's hard work and amazing talents. 
 
From start to finish....this is one show you will want to own for a long, long time.  Simply follow the instructions on this order form to get your copy today.
October 14, 2014
 
Food drive taking place
 
during "On Broadway" show run
 
Performers and families of our remarkable, award-winning choir program are undoubtedly some of the most privileged members of our community. 
 
Unfortunately, numerous children and adults in surrounding areas are less fortunate and struggle with hunger, emptiness, and hardship every day. As you can imagine, it's difficult to find a song in your heart with no food in your belly.
 
This year, we want to set an example for others to follow and reach out to those in need. 
 
For the first time, the Los Alamitos High School Choir Program is running a pre-holiday food and supplies drive for local non-profit agencies. This effort is being coordinated through a family resource center, Partnership 4 Solutions.
 
During the run of our 2014 Broadway shows, we will be collecting items needed by these agencies, including rice, pasta, beans, cereal, pancake mix, canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, pens, pencils, white or lined paper, arts and crafts supplies, and toys for kids ages 5-12. 
 
Collection bins will be located outside of the PAC, and each donor will receive a free snack during the intermission of our shows.
 
Please open your hearts and donate as much as you can.
 
For more information, or to make a bulk donation, please contact Choir Co-President Karoline Ribak. 
October 13, 2014
 
"On Broadway" is sold out!
 
It's our pleasure to report that all four shows of "On Broadway" are officially sold out. 

But.........if you really still want to go, here's a couple of insider tips on how you might score a ticket to the hottest show in town this weekend.  

A few balcony tickets that were previously held back will be for sale on Wednesday during lunch in the breezeway at LAHS, although students generally gobble them up and they're going to go fast. 

Also, some folks may turn in their tickets at the last minute and those tickets might be available immediately before each show. You can come to a show and put your name on a waiting list, and if tickets become available, you will be offered the chance to purchase them. But there are no guarantees either of these ways will land you a seat.

For those of you who already have your tickets, we're looking forward to seeing you starting this Thursday evening!

And thank you for your generous support.
October 9, 2014
 
One week 'til the
 
curtain rises "On Broadway"
 
Tickets are on sale now for our first big show of the year. You're invited to enjoy 600 performers who will take to the stage in a memorable night featuring classic and contemporary hits from The Great White Way.
September 27, 2014
 
ON BROADWAY tix on sale
to the general public on October 6
 
The Los Alamitos High School Choir Program, under the direction of David Moellenkamp, takes to the stage for their first series of concerts of the new school year on October 16-18 as students perform some of Broadway’s most popular and beloved songs.
 
“We’re performing a mix of new and classic songs including selections from Wicked, Beautiful, Copacabana, West Side Story, Nine and other popular Broadway shows,” said Moellenkamp.
 
“Our choir program is enjoying a surge in popularity, and we’ll also be debuting a new intermediate mixed choir at these shows.  That brings our total performer count to almost 600 students enrolled in one or more choirs, and we’re excited that this is going to be the first of many large scale productions for us,” he added.
 
On Broadway marks the return to the stage of two of the program’s national champions from last year.  In April, the program’s advanced mixed group, SoundFX, and the program’s advanced women’s group, Soundtrax, both were named National Grand Champions after performing at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville.
 
Because of the surge in the number of performers, tickets are going to be more popular than ever, and the public is urged to get their tickets early to avoid being shut out.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 6.
 
On Broadway takes place Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17 at 7 pm and on Saturday, October 18 at 2 and 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $12 for general admission balcony seats. All performances take place in the Margaret Webb Performing Arts Center on the campus of Los Alamitos High School, 3591 Cerritos Avenue in Los Alamitos.
 
For tickets and information, go here.  For questions, special needs of wheelchair seating, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
August 27, 2014
 
Day 1 homework: read your handbook, complete your forms
 
It's Day 1 and we've got a simple but important assignment for you.  So that we can ensure a smooth year ahead, we need to gather some important information from you.  So, you'll need to read your new Choir Handbook and complete a few forms as soon as possible.  The Handbook can be found here, and the forms can be found here.  Students will also be bringing this information home with them today as well.
 
Thanks for your quick turnaround on this.  
 
Here's to a great year ahead.
 
 
August 23, 2014
 
The early birds get the best tickets
 
You may still be relaxed to the max for summer, but it’s not too early to be thinking about the year ahead when it comes to buying tickets to our choir shows.  Those of you who have been through the process before know that all of our shows sell out in advance.  That means getting a last minute ticket can be a tough proposition.  With a huge increase in the number of students in our program this year, that’s going to make any last minute attempt even tougher.
 
Soooo……….
 
Here’s your first heads-up to make buying tickets for the upcoming choir season a priority.  Don’t just put it on your Fall To Do List.  Our advice to you, is to do it now.
 
We’ve put together a fun little guide that will help walk you through the steps to get the very best tickets.  Go here, and you’ll get all the information you need to be front and center for every show this coming season.
 
For those of you who’ve done this before, you know that to buy season seats, you need to be a member of the Noteables Booster Club, which also gives you preferred ticket privileges.  To get more information on various Booster membership opportunities, go here.   
 
If you're ready to buy tickets and join Noteables, we've combined both of those things into a single form, which you can find here.
 
Don’t miss your chance to see one of the best choir programs in America take to the stage for four big productions this coming year.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the shows. 
August 18, 2014
 
Please welcome our new Assistant Choral Director
 
We are pleased to introduce Moana Dherlin who has joined us as our new Assistant Choral Director.
 
Most recently, Moana served as the Director of the University Singers at New York University. She also worked as the general music teacher and choral director for the Excel Charter School in Brooklyn. Under her direction, the Excel Allegro Chorus earned high distinctions from several regional music festivals.
 
Previously, Moana served as the lead teaching fellow for the Boston Children’s Chorus. Overall, she taught music in public and private schools for six years in New York City and Boston.
 
“I’m excited to join the choir’s creative team at Los Alamitos High School.  I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for music with voice students and choral singers alike, because I believe that music is a vital part of a student’s education,” said Moana.
 
Moana has returned to the West Coast to pursue her musical education as a choral conducting graduate student at Cal State University Long Beach.  At CSULB, she will be conducting the undergraduate Women's Choir. 
 
Ms. Dherlin graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Music. She also completed her Kodaly Certification in Music Education from the New England Conservatory.  
        
Moana has been involved with Choral Programs from a young age, which inspired her to pursue her studies in music and voice.  She already has amassed an impressive array of performing credits, including performances with the Santa Cruz Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Summer Music Festival and ACDA West Conference.
 
She grew up in Santa Cruz, and in her spare time, she loves to visit her family and take in the natural beauty of her hometown.