Chaminade College Preparatory’s C-Notes performed in the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, California from March 9 to 11. The C-Notes performed at the Rose Center Theater (Westminster) in front of three choral adjudicators. They sang songs in three contrasting choral genres and in three languages, Latin, French and Spanish. Middle school teachers, Kathleen Baucom-Acker and Miguel Solis who helped with pronunciation in French and Spanish.
The C-Notes won first place Gold in the Concert Choir division. Lauren Effertz ’23, solo soprano and Tim Brustinov ’24, boy soprano, were recognized by the judges for their outstanding solo performance and received the Maestro award. Chaminade’s a cappella group C7, directed by Denise Enrique ’20 and Brendan Teehan ’21, earned Gold in the Vocal Jazz division. The C-Notes have been invited to the 2019-2020 National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall. This is their fifth consecutive invitation.
Choir Director, Kathy Rohrs thanks her colleagues who were practice adjudicators for this festival: John Apablasa, Jen Bader, Heather Eaton, Joe Norton and Mike Russ. She also extends a huge thank you to Charisse Enrique and Jill Teehan for their support and many hours of preparation.
This weekend Chaminade College Preparatory’s middle school students invite the school family to attend two concerts:
C-Notes (middle school choir)
Saturday, December 3
Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts (West Hills)
Middle school band
Sunday, December 4
Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics (Chatsworth)
Tickets to the C-Notes concert, Christmas Bells are Ringing are available for purchase online, and are $10 per child and $15 per adult.
Tickets to the Winter Band concert are available for purchase online and are $5 per person. After 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 per person.
Chaminade’s middle school choir, the C-Notes, earned a superior rating of Gold for their performance in the Worldstrides On Stage Heritage Festival at Fullerton College. The C-Notes performed repertoire from three different choral genres: two Renaissance Motets, a piece with text from the great Irish Poet William Butler Yeats called “Cloths of Heaven,” and an a cappella African-American spiritual. A panel of three choral expert adjudicators judged them on the many aspects of choral singing such as tone, balance, blend, diction, intonation, rhythm and interpretation.
Kathy Rhors, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher and C-Notes director, says “I was very proud to stand with these wonderful children and make beautiful music together at the Heritage Festival. Earning the gold was exciting. However, the journey taken was much more important. Over the past months, our students have been learning that choral music is much more than singing the right notes…they now know what it means to work as a team to make the music come alive with expression, tone, and precision.”
After the festival, The C-Notes spent the afternoon at Disneyland and attended the evening awards ceremony at the Fantasy Theatre. They have been invited to perform again in the National Youth Festival at Carnegie Hall on March 12, 2017. The C-Notes will submit a DVD audition to the Carnegie Adjudicators to be the feature choir. The results will be announced at the end of October 2016.
By Jennifer Bader P ’18
On Friday, February 13 the Chaminade middle school and high school fine arts departments joined together to showcase their talented students at the first ever Fine Arts Family Spirit Night.
More than 100 students from drama, band, choir, dance, and aerial performed before a sold out crowd at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Audience members were also treated to screenings of student films and displays of art work. Alex Mansour ’15 and Hiba Alnajjar ’19 served as emcees for the evening.
Chaminade Fine Arts has much to celebrate in the coming weeks. The annual Film Festival will be held Saturday, February 21. In March, the Eagle Regiment Band will be traveling to Spain to perform in an international music festival, and the middle school C-Notes will be travelling to New York City for the third time to perform at Carnegie Hall as the featured choir. The Chaminade Players will also be presenting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast March 13 through 15 and March 20 through 22.
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On Monday, May 19, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher, Kathy Rohrs, received the Innovation in Education Award from The Valley Economic Alliance, at the 14th Annual Steve Allen Excellence in Education Awards ceremony. Each year The Valley Economic Alliance recognizes San Fernando Valley schools, educators and students that achieved national recognition during the school year.
Recognized for her innovative use of music in the classroom and in the community, Mrs. Rohrs also received certificates of achievement and recognition from the California State Senate, California Legislature Assembly, the City of Burbank, the City of San Fernando, the Calabasas City Council, Mayor’s Commendation from the City of Glendale, and the City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitchell Englander.
Mrs. Rohrs is a vocalist, guitarist, harpist, conductor, composer and music educator. She is a native of the San Fernando Valley, and currently holds a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar and a K-12 Secondary Music Credential in Music Education from California State University, Northridge. She joined the Chaminade family in 2001 and serves as the music director and choral director of the Chaminade C-Notes. Under her instruction, the Chaminade C-Notes have had the honor to travel and sing in Washington D.C., Chaminade University in Hawaii and to New York performing as the solo feature choir for the National Children’s Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2011 and 2013. The C-Notes are honored to return to New York to perform on the prestigious Carnegie Hall stage on March 22, 2015.