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!

Life Lines

Anaheim is all about that Disney magic...and the annual Heritage Festival, where student musicians compete to bring the very best to Mickey's ears. The 2016 Fest took place March 31-April 3 and earned major accolades for the LGHS Music program. LGHS String Orchestra captured a Silver Award, while LGHS Choir took Gold and qualified to perform at the upcoming National Invitational Festival of Gold as well as the 2017-2018 National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall. 
 
In addition, several students were recognized for Outstanding Solo Performances, including Orchestra's Elisabeth Chang and Choir's Sarah Aaldering, Alex Coady, and Natalya Temple.
 
Also of note, Orchestra student Megan Auyeung has won several piano competitions in 2016, including First Place at the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition and at the American Fine Arts Festival. These honors mean Megan will also be heading to New York this summer for two performances at Carnegie Hall!

LGHS Winter Percussion ensemble wore medals, and huge smiles, after capping off a banner season by taking 1st Place in their division at the Northern California Percussion Alliance Championships on April 2. The group edged out 14 other schools in a deep field to take the top prize for the first time in LGHS history. On March 5 they also earned 2nd Place at WGI Regional Finals in Fresno. Congratulations to the students, and their hardworking directors Cameron Spencer and Steve Martinez, for an amazing season!

Spring has also been a winning season for four students from LGHS Wind Ensemble. Lazare Herzi (trombone, '16), Max Swisher (euphonium, '16), John Field (tuba, '18), and Eli Merg (trombone, '18) earned rave reviews and Command Performance honors for their Low Brass Quartet performance at the CMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival at San Jose State on March 19. Lazare has also held spots in the Santa Clara County Honor Band and the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band for 2016, and Max performed in the California All-State Honor Band and in the National Honor Band. Hats off to all four musicians for their outstanding work.

Freshmen Miranda Hunter (alto), Devon Ottinger (soprano), and Katie Taloff (alto) are the latest LGHS students to earn spots in a prestigious honor ensemble. All three were selected for the California All-State JH Choir, which consists of outstanding vocalists in grades 6 through 9. The choir will be among several all-state ensembles that will perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference, taking place at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel and Convention Center February 11–14, 2016.

. . . Kudos to Miranda, Devon, and Katie!