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. 

 

July 30, 2014
 
Time for a little choir back-to-school shopping!
 
Hello Returning and New Choir Families...
 
Happy summer!  Students, we hope you enjoy your time off and are getting ready for another great year of choir!
 
Summer is the perfect time to acquire or refresh some choir costume essentials.  Below is a list of items that are often used to supplement the costumes you will receive from choir for the shows.  All items are not always used and some are used repeatedly, so they are nice to have so you are not shopping for them at the last minute.  Items do not need to be expensive and can be acquired from any of the local thrift stores.
 
Girls in Sound FX, Sound Trax, Xquisite and Connextions will use 2 1/2"  t-strap character shoes in caramel.  While you are welcome to purchase these shoes from any source, Diva Dancewear on Los Alamitos Blvd is a local store who works with the choir.  They are familiar with the shoes that choir uses and will order the shoes with a $10 non refundable deposit at a discounted price of $73.60.   
 
Xpression members only and Axcent will use a 1 1/2" character shoe by Danshuz in caramel with a price of $45 plus a 10% discount.  While the supply of these shoes is less demanding, ordering early will avoid any last minute issues.
 
Boys, you will receive a pair of black dress shoes as part of your choir costume from choir to use for the year.
 
We look forward to working with you this coming year on your costuming needs!
 
Girls
White party dress-no creams, winter white, etc.  A bright white is needed.
Black party dress or separates
White jeans-bright white again, no leggings
White ked-like tennis shoes
Silver separates 
Tights-Capezio footed in caramel
Body Briefer-This is an undergarment that is a 1 piece bra and panty combination and worn under all costumes to provide modesty and coverage while changing onstage.  It should be nude in color and low back.  They can be purchased at Kohl's, Sears, JC Penny's and online.  If you need further details, please email us.
 
These pieces must be conservative in nature with nothing body hugging, short or showing midriffs.
 
Boys
White jeans
White tennis shoes
Black socks-A lot
White undershirts
 
All students
Holiday/Winter wear for the December show (scarves, mittens, sweater, ect in red, green or white)
 
Our job is to make sure every student looks their best for each show with a certain degree of modesty.  Mr. Moellenkamp asks us to help him achieve that, so please take our costume suggestions/notes seriously so there are no late costuming issues for the student.
 
Maria West and Francine Mafi
Choir Costume Moms/Chairs

 
July 28, 2014
 
 
Here’s your chance to perform
 
in the musical “Hair” at the Hollywood Bowl
 
 
Hello Choir Alumni,
 
We have recently been offered an opportunity for our 18 or over choir alumni to be performers for the Musical "Hair" at the Hollywood Bowl.  The show however is this weekend and there is a rehearsal on Wednesday evening.  We have just been given final details and they are listed below.
 
We will not be providing transportation to the Bowl but hopefully, you can carpool up to Hollywood.  I also wanted to give you a warning about the content of the show.  According to the Hollywood Bowl website " PLEASE NOTE: The Musical "Hair" includes simulated drug use, brief nudity, profanity, questioning of religion, blatant sexual positioning, refusal of authority, energy, love, beads, flowers and happiness...so enjoy!
 
Please be aware of the content of the show before making a commitment to attend.
 
If this is something you are willing and able to participate in, please respond to to Mr. Moellenkamp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can give the Hollywood Bowl a head count.
 
You may also want to review the music to "Let the Sunshine In".  
 
 
Here is a list of people participating in the show:
 
Adam Shankman, director and choreographer
 
Lon Hoyt, conductor
 
Zach Woodlee, associate director and associate choreographer
 
Kristen Bell, Sheila
 
Sarah Hyland, Chrissy
 
Mario, Hud
 
Hunter Parrish, Claude
 
Jonah Platt, Woof
 
Amber Riley, Dionne
 
Jenna Ushkowitz, Jeanie
 
Benjamin Walker, Berger
 
Beverly D'Angelo, Mom
 
Kevin Chamberlin, Dad
 
 
 
Hello Beautiful Hippie Volunteers!
 
A general note about costumes:
 
Beat up jeans, almost anything ethnic-Indian, Mexican, Guatemalan, denim shirts, long Indian skirts- boots, sandals, moccasins, crocheted tops, tie dye tees and tanks, peasant blouses, VINTAGE- but not fashion. Bellbottoms. Nothing outrageously psychedelic-  not club clothes. Ethnic jewelry, embroidery, bandanas, Converse, beads, bangles, leather jewelry- festival, but not expensive. HAVE FUN!!
 
See the following pinterest page for visual examples:
 
 
...and feel free to research Woodstock images for more inspiration. And, don't be afraid to be simple. We want authentic, not costume.
 
Some prop ideas:
 
You'll be mainly sitting around peacefully having "be-ins", so the director would like you to bring the following items if you have them: ukuleles, flowers, beads, etc... Bring what you have on Wednesday and we'll see what works!
 
I am going to break down this email by DAY, so please read through completely:
 
 
WEDNESDAY, 7/30
 
Rehearsal call at 7PM, at the Box Office Plaza Meeting Place
 
Parking: AT THE BOWL, LOT B.
 
COME IN COSTUME and BRING PROPS!
 
We will meet, check in, and go over what you'll be doing during the pre-show and where you'll be doing it, followed by going over music, and then we will move into the audience seats during intermission for more direction regarding the flashmob. There will NOT be choreography, just timing and placement.
 
Please note: this blocking will happen in the aisles, NOT on stage. Equity Rules prevent us from being able to be on stage.
 
End time: Approximately 9:30PM
 
FRIDAY, 8/1 AM
 
Rehearsal call at 10:30AM, Box Office Plaza
 
Parking: Across the street from the Bowl in LOT C. Pedestrian underpass will be open for you to cross Highland Avenue.
 
COME IN COSTUME and BRING PROPS!
 
We'll revisit pre-show directions and any changes, and then enter the theatre during intermission for Act II to prep for the Finale.
 
End Time: Approximately 12:30
 
 
FRIDAY, 8/1 PM
 
Performance call: 6:30 PM at Museum Plaza Meeting Place, 6PM or earlier at Lot.
 
IMPORTANT: You will be parking at a remote lot (see location below) and taking a shuttle to the Bowl. You will need to arrive well before 6PM at the remote lot in order to catch the shuttle. LAST CALL FOR SHUTTLE IS 6PM!
 
You will arrive at the Bowl between 6PM and 6:30PM to check in with me, and then begin the Pre-show improv.
 
7:50PM: Get tickets and enter the theatre for 8PM performance!
 
End of Act II: Flash Mob for Finale!
 
End Time: End of show!
 
 
 
SATURDAY, 8/2
 
Performance call: 6:30 PM at Museum Plaza Meeting Place, 6PM or earlier at Lot.
 
IMPORTANT: You will be parking at a remote lot (see location below) and taking a shuttle to the Bowl. You will need to arrive well before 6PM at the remote lot in order to catch the shuttle. LAST CALL FOR SHUTTLE IS 6PM!
 
You will arrive at the Bowl between 6PM and 6:30PM to check in with me, and then begin the Pre-show improv.
 
7:50PM: Get tickets and enter the theatre for 8PM performance!
 
End of Act II: Flash Mob for Finale!
 
End Time: End of show!
 
 
 
SUNDAY, 8/3
 
Performance call: 6:00 PM at Museum Plaza Meeting Place, 5:30PM or earlier at Lot.
 
IMPORTANT: You will be parking at a remote lot (see location below) and taking a shuttle to the Bowl. You will need to arrive well before 5:30PM at the remote lot in order to catch the shuttle. LAST CALL FOR SHUTTLE IS 6PM!
 
You will arrive at the Bowl between 5:30PM and 6:00PM to check in with me, and then begin the Pre-show improv.
 
7:25PM: Get tickets and enter the theatre for 7:30PM performance!
 
End of Act II: Flash Mob for Finale!
 
End Time: End of show!
 
IMPORTANT ADDRESSES:
 
Hollywood Bowl
 
2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
 
 
LA Zoo Lot
 
5333 Zoo Dr. LA 90027
 
Located in section C.
 
(Map to follow)
 
Los Angeles Zoo lot shuttle to the Bowl (will be complimentary for Hippie Volunteers). This shuttle will also take you back to Zoo lot at the end of the evening.
 
Good Luck and Peace out...
 
MK
 
June 12, 2014

May 10, 2014
 
Registration for Xcite Summer Camps now underway
 
Registration for David Moellenkamp's Xcite Summer Show Choir and Musical Theatre camps is now taking place.  Sponsored through the Los Alamitos Education Foundation, three different summer camps will offer aspiring performers the opportunity to work with top professionals to hone singing, dancing and performance skills.  Guest teachers are slated to include Heather Hoppus, Randy Sage, Abby Bolin Carlson, April James, David Fehr, Lizzy Richardson and MJ Slinger.  Camps are $200 each, but attendees can get a discount of $15 per camp when they attend all three sessions.  For more details and to register, go here.