Middle School Music Teacher Moves on to Semi-Final Round for the Music Educator Award

DSC_4451 (2)Chaminade’s Middle School Music Teacher Kathy Rohrs has advanced as a semi-finalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. She is among a group of 25 teachers, from 24 cities and 15 states to be named as semi-finalists. In May 2013 it was announced that Mrs. Rohrs was a quarterfinalist. At the time, there were 217 music teachers, from 195 cities, and 45 states. Initially, more than 30,000 nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 10 finalists will be announced in December.

For more information on the Music Educator Award, please visit the GRAMMY Foundation’s website.

Middle School Music Teacher Advances to the Quarterfinals for the Music Educator Award

Kathy Rohrs, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher, has advanced to the quarterfinals for the first–ever Music Educator Award. A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten – 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. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award, Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.

As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and six-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake, the award was open to current United States music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Mills Box Tops for Education, and Journeys. The semifinalists will be announced in August. For more information please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.

C-Notes Perform at Carnegie Hall

Taking the stage at Carnegie Hall is a dream for many, and for Chaminade’s C-Notes, it is a dream come true. On Sunday, April 14, the Middle School choir walked out onto the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall and 64 students sang their hearts out for a full auditorium.

As the feature choir, the C-Notes opened the National Children’s Choir and National Youth Choir performances. They sang beautiful renditions of Exsultate Justi in Domino, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Vois sur ton chemin, and Old Joe Clark. In addition, they performed with the National Children’s Choir, which was comprised of students from schools in Brazil and Georgia, as well as California.

The Carnegie Hall performance was the culmination of an exciting five-day trip for the C-Notes and their chaperones. They caught Newsies on Broadway, attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, visited the Empire State Building, and enjoyed 5th Avenue sights and food.

Middle School Music Teacher Receives the Creative Arts Teacher Award

Kathy Rohrs, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher, will receive the Creative Arts Teacher Award at the 13th Annual Unforgettable Educator Recognition Dinner, on Thursday, April 18 at the Odyssey restaurant in Granada Hills. Presented by the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce and Facey Medical Group, the dinner celebrates and honors local teachers and school administrators whose dedication and active role in the community inspire and motivate their students to grow, learn, excel and give back.

The chamber reached out and asked the community to nominate the individuals they strongly believe deserve to be recognized. The Creative Arts Teacher award is one of several awards that will be presented, in addition to, the Unforgettable Educator Award, Principal of the Year Award, Science and Technology Teacher Award, and PTA President of the Year Award.

A vocalist, guitarist, harpist, conductor, composer and teacher, Mrs. Rohrs has been teaching and performing in Southern California for over 30 years.  Mrs. Rohrs currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar and a K-12 Secondary Music Credential in Music Education from California State University, Northridge. In 2001, Kathy joined the Chaminade family where she 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 Washington D.C. to perform at the America Sings! festival, and to New York performing as the solo feature choir for the National Children’s Festival at Carnegie Hall.

Chaminade C-Notes Win Top Honor at Carnegie Hall 2013 Festival

By Kathy Rohrs

Chaminade just received word from Carnegie Hall that the Chaminade C-Notes have been given the top honor of being chosen as the solo “feature choir” for the National Children’s Festival at Carnegie Hall on Sunday April 14, 2013.  The C-Notes were chosen by Carnegie Hall adjudicators by submission of a DVD audition competing against other “Gold” choirs across the nation.  The C-Notes will perform on the world renowned stage as a solo choir to open the National Children’s choir festival accompanied by Chaminade HS Sophomore Alex Mansour.  This is the second time in three years that the Chaminade C-Notes have attained the honor of being selected as the “Feature choir” of the National festival at Carnegie Hall.  In addition to performing as the “feature choir”, the C-Notes will join with other “Gold” level choirs around the nation as a mass choir and perform five pieces of different choral genres conducted by Dr. Greg Gilpin.