Pictured -- Saturday creative artists going for the ultimate challenge!
Some kids want to be ahead of the class. They want to advance as far as their talents take them. These are the students that crave an extra challenge. Is there a way to move ahead fast? OH YES!!!
The VCS Work-Ahead Sessions are a popular way to advance quickly through the achievement levels. They're free mini-lessons weekdays before school and on Saturdays for elementary kids. after school sessions are reserved for middle and high school. Students get to check off requirements for each page in their conservatory books. Each checked-off book advances the student to the next level.
Advanced levels come with greater opportunities.
Level IV gets solo privileges in the VCS Explorer Ensemble. Level VI artists get to join the VCS Radio Symphony. Level VII artists get to join the VCS Radio Jazz Ensemble. Level VIII is honors level and will award our creative artists 5.0 weighted GPA for high school.
Pictured above -- Mr. Garza and student artist, Kaden Connelley working on the chops.
Mr. Matt Garza, our long-time trumpet instructor had his last day at the conservatory today. He's moving to his home state of Texas with a great position there -- and for that, we're very happy for him and wish him well! He's an amazing teacher, musician and friend. Our loss is Texas' gain!!
People have been asking about this project for a long time, but we had to wait until the time was right
In 2018... the time is right!! Beyond the Mouse Project #1
Georges Melies' A Trip to the Moon
Yes... the one featured in HUGO!
This is the one with the cringe-worthy, yet beautiful "rocket-ship-in-the-moon's-eye" shot.
How are our own VCS students going to score this ground-breaking film?
Well, let me tell you :)
For the first part of our special project, we're going to go back to the first years of movie-making. we'll start in 1902 with one of my all-time favorite filmmakers, Georges Melies. His groundbreaking skills and endless imagination truly brought dreams to the screen.
There's no secret about my love for pioneering film-making and especially for the music that has always been a part of its storytelling fabric. Even in n the very early pioneering days of silent films, many theaters had their own music directors who would weave together sections of classical or folk tunes in arrangements designed to fit the action on the screen as best they could. This type of improvisation gave way to full original orchestral compositions and performed live at the more expensive epic production premieres.
The fascination with film and classical music continued, even into the sound era. Watch any Warner Brothers' Looney-Tunes cartoons. Bugs Bunny will surely give you a lesson in the great classics.
Our talented orchestra filled the hospitals and the mall with the joy of our savior's birth!! To hear people in the mall stop and sing carols as the orchestra played and to see strangers wish each other a Merry Christmas is a wonderful thing!!