Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!
Spring Is for Songbirds...
...And LGHS vocalists are a force of nature! On April 2, two LGHS freshmen took top honors at the fifth annual South Bay Teen Idol contest: Emma Gerson earned 1st Place singing a powerful rendition of “Dr. Feelgood” by Aretha Franklin, and Devon Schreiner nabbed 2nd Place singing Jessie J’s “Momma Knows Best.” Emma and Devon were also recently featured in the Los Gatos Weekly Times (read here!). Both are members of LGHS Concert Choir, and Mrs. Riley is pleased to announce that their performances earned that choir a $500 award from the Addison-Penzak JCC and South Bay Teen Idol competition. Congratulations to Emma and Devon, and many thanks to the JCC and the South Bay Teen Idol organization!
Congratulations also go to LGHS Choir student Sarah Aaldering, who won 1st Place at the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) VOCE Competition for High School Classical Voice in April. Sarah will be performing at the MTAC Convention in L.A. on July 3rd. In addition, Sarah also took 1st Place at the Schmidt Vocal Competition at San Francisco State University!
Congratulations to all the students and staff for their achievements, and scroll down or click here to read additional Recent News items about LGHS Music.
General Info About the Music Program
Los Gatos High School is proud to offer a comprehensive music program for students in grades 9-12, with a AAAA marching band and color guard, 2 concert bands, 2 orchestras, 3 choirs, 1 jazz band, 2 courses in music theory, and a percussion techniques class. The program also offers indoor winter guard and a winter percussion ensemble.
LGHS Music ensembles have recently earned multiple accolades, including CMEA Unanimous Superior ratings, Heritage Music Festival program sweepstakes, a major Reno Jazz Festival Combo award, and several top percussion awards at WGI and NCPA regional and western championships. LGHS has been recognized as a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist and in 2014-2015 received a NAMM Foundation SupportMusic Merit Award. In addition, LGHS students frequently land top spots in county and state honor bands.
Every four years, the program embarks on an international summer performance tour. In 2014, concert, orchestra, and choir students toured England, where they collaborated with world-renowned American composer Frank Ticheli, performed in major historic venues in London, York, and Harrogate, and participated in the Harrogate International Music Festival. Click on Photos & Videos to see and hear our music students deliver those, and other, world-class performances.
Due to its tremendous growth in recent years, and the passage of a local bond measure by a community that generously supports music education, LGHS Music will soon enjoy a new home on the Los Gatos High campus, where a state-of the-art facility better suited to meet the needs of a growing program is under development.
Explore this site to learn more about all facets of the program, and be sure to click on the About section to read about our outstanding students, faculty, and boosters parents. LGHS students and families are invited to join the program in its ongoing musical journey—whether by enrolling in one or more of its stellar programs, by volunteering to support its activities, or by attending one or more ensemble performances throughout the year.
See you in class . . . and at the show!