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Music
Welcome to another new LACHSA school year. I am already very excited about this year based on what I have been hearing from our groups in just one week. All our ensembles have started rehearsals and many will be performing very soon. Every year, many of you ask what you can do to help. There are, of course, several answers to this question. Our Foundation will be requesting you to all join in raising funds and our parent council will be calling for volunteers during our events and performances. These are both vital to our success. However, the most important thing all of you can do is become involve in your student’s education. Attend as many performances as you can. Ask your friends, neighbors, relatives, former teachers to attend our performances. Our students love to perform and when they get to perform in front of friends, family and a full theatre, it makes their experience much greater.

Back to School Music Parent Meeting Date Change
Our meeting date has been changed to Saturday, September 28 from 9:00-11:00. This meeting will take place here in our Loft. This meeting is for all music parents and will cover all our major events for the year. Besides receiving this important information, this is a great time for all of us to meet our new families and become acquainted with your music reps for the year. Connie Robinson is our 2013-2014 Music Representative in Parent Council and she will join me to present her goals for the year as well as answer questions.

Monterey Jazz Festival
Our Jazz Ensemble will again be performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 22. This is the 8th consecutive year our band has performed at this festival. Congratulations to Jason Goldman and last year’s band for receiving this honor.

FCOP Fundraiser
On Saturday evening, September 28, our Full Circle Opera Project will be hosting a spectacular event at the home of David & Cheryl Smith in Pasadena to help raise funds for their upcoming performances of “Oliver” in the Luckman Theatre on November 15-16. Please save this date and enjoy an evening with many outstanding student performances.

Spotlight Awards

Now in its 26th year, The Music Center Spotlight program provides high school students an opportunity to stretch themselves by learning about audition/interview skills, exploring artistry, and developing self-confidence; all in a safe and nurturing environment. It’s free, it’s easy and most importantly, it’s fun! Each year, Spotlight awards more than $100,000 to students in scholarships. It’s so much more than a competition! It provides scholarship opportunities and coaching to all students, no matter what level they have achieved in their arts discipline. Application deadline is October 16. See attached flyer.

Young Arts

YoungArts provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.
To apply to YoungArts you must meet the requirements, complete an online application, pay a $35 (non-refundable) application fee (per category; fee waivers are available) and submit an online audition portfolio. Students may apply to more than one discipline/category.
Deadline for submission (of both application and audition portfolio) is October, 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). If an application is not complete by the deadline, it will not be reviewed.
http://www.youngarts.org/apply