Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!

Singing the Praises of Choir & Orchestra!

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 Elizabeth 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!

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

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!

 

Max Swisher, a senior euphonium player in the LGHS Wind Ensemble and Wildcat Marching Band, had a blast making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville on October 28, as second chair euphonium in the 2015 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Concert Band. Max (bottom row, second from left, with his fellow Nashville players) also performed in the California All-State Honor Band in 2014-2015 and received a medal for outstanding musicianship at the 2015 Reno Jazz Festival for his unique euphonium work during the LGHS Jazz Ensemble performance. 

Nitin Srinivasan, a junior tenor in the LGHS Chamber Choir, also took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, as a singer in the All-National Honor Mixed Choir. This is the second time Nitin has been selected for this honor; he made his debut in Nashville in 2014, as a sophomore. Nitin has also performed in regional and state honor choirs and received the National Choir Award at the LGHS Music Awards in May 2015.

...Congratulations to Max and Nitin!