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Music in the heart while staying apart

Junior Ava Rosenthal shared, “As of next year, we will focus on music theory and basic fundamentals before we get to see each other in the classroom again. We will have zoom calls and chat and try to get together in these tough times.

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz

August 17, 2020

Musicians share how they feel about the new reality the music department faces. In the upcoming unprecedented school year, everything will be different. For music students, developing a feeling of normalcy will be extra challenging. In a pre-COVID19 music department, students would congregate in lar...

Student musicians tug at the heartstrings

The VHS Music Department’s pre-quarantine year was filled to the brim with successes, according to its members and Music Department Head Paul Hunt. Photo from: Miles Bennett

Miles Bennett

May 27, 2020

The year’s Music Department seniors share their thoughts on the year The VHS Music Department’s pre-quarantine year was filled to the brim with successes, according to its members and Music Department Head Paul Hunt.   According to Hunt, some of the biggest successes of the year were the...

District Choir concert proves to be therapy for the ears

The last song of the evening,

Yasmin Myers and Riley Ramirez

January 23, 2020

A night filled with choral, pop and jazz selections. On Jan. 17, parents and friends gathered in Buena High School’s auditorium, ready to hear the musical chords sung by various school’s choir programs, including Balboa Middle, DATA, Ventura High and Buena High. With an opening greeting from Buena...

Benefit Concert tugs at the heartstrings

(From left to right) Sophomore Carly Froelich, freshman Aliza Barroca, senior Molly Sturgeon, sophomore Eden Harnar and sophomore Eden Shoemake, the singers of the VHS Music Department's Vocal Jazz group, singing Gershwin's

Miles Bennett

October 27, 2019

[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]n the eve of Oct. 23, students donned black ties and dresses, readied their instruments, and transformed the Ventura High School auditorium. That evening, VHS Music Department Head Paul Hunt’s students joined in musical matrimony to produce a concert that left audience...

The last note of the year: VHS Music performs 2018-2019’s final concert

The last note of the year: VHS Music performs 2018-2019's final concert

Sarah Clench

June 4, 2019

Ventura High School’s Wind Ensemble Honors and Symphonic Orchestra held their last concert of the year on May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Ventura High School auditorium. Wind Ensemble Honors performed for the first half of the show, with pieces by Schwantner, Sparke, Nelson and Marquez. Senior Kirk Mellrin...

Photostory: Wind Ensemble H takes on Atlanta

The Wind Ensemble II musicians stand in front of the Atlanta skyline after exploring the Georgia Aquarium. Photo from: Kate Marsden

Tanya Turchyn

May 26, 2019

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VHS: Shining With Talent

Infographic by: Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

February 19, 2019

The Ventura Unified School District will be having its 18th annual Festival of Talent from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 23. The show will be held at Ventura High School. The proceeds from the show will support innovative classroom grants. Auditions were held on Feb. 8 and 15 at Buena High School and we...

Dudeo Perez is rocking out!

Dudeo Perez is rocking out!

Douglas Sandford

January 21, 2019

On Jan. 2, 2019, the new band Dudeo Perez put out their first album “Allons’y.” In this album, Dudeo Perez released 10 songs. With themes of “failed anti-heroes, friendly alien encounters, an all-you-can-eat sushi house, and a young boy who eats lunch by himself,” Dudeo Perez gives the...

Swinging into the new year: three ensembles show case their jazz

Robinson (left), senior Jonathan van Hyning (middle) and Matthews (right) stand for a round of applause. Studio Jazz Ensemble pianist junior India Hill (not pictured) said,

Lola Bobrow

January 20, 2019

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Three of Ventura’s ensembles tug on the heartstrings of a filled auditorium

String Orchestra during their performance of Passacaglia from String Quartet No. 10” by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Saida Delgadillo and Tanya Turchyn

December 11, 2018

Students who all share passion for music came together Thursday night, Dec. 6, to showcase a performance by three different ensembles. The groups were taught by Paul Hunt, but while in concert, were led both by Hunt and various student conductors. [huge_it_slider id="74"] The first performance of t...

Prelude to Concerto: String Orchestra prepares for Dec. 6 Concert

Graphic by: Micah Wilcox

Micah Wilcox

November 19, 2018

Following Ventura and Buena High School’s joint Wind Ensemble Fall Concert on Wednesday, the music department is warming up for Dec. 6-- the String Orchestra Winter Concert. "We are playing a number of different pieces, [but] nothing is finalized just yet,” said music director, Paul Hunt. “I...

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