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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...

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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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...

Fostering non-competition through collaborative performance: wind ensembles take the stage

VHS Wind Ensemble Honors tubist senior Kirk Mellring warms up before the concert. Photo by: Lola Bobrow

Lola Bobrow

November 18, 2018

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Ventura High School auditorium hosted the 2018 fall concert for VHS’s Wind Ensemble, Honors Wind Ensemble and Buena High School’s debut Honors Wind Ensemble. VHS’s Wind Ensemble began the concert, performing Samuel Hazo’s “Arabesque,” Alfred Reed’s “Gre...

Benefit concert strikes a chord with audience

Benefit concert strikes a chord with audience

Miles Bennett

October 25, 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Ventura High School music department had their annual Fall Benefit Concert. The concert made a large amount of money for the department and was met with high praise from audience members. “I was bopping. The music was rad,” said senior Miranda Burke, “And when they play...

Encore for All-State

 (From bottom to top) Sophomore Laber, juniors Van Hyning and Jones, senior Aquino, junior TePaske, and senior Tindall made the All County Band.
Photo by: Julienne Cormier

Sailor Hawes

January 24, 2018

After going through very challenging auditions and competitions, seven of Ventura High Schools student’s made three different bands and orchestras. These auditions are held every school year and any student who takes a band class at VHS can audition. This year 12 students auditioned, but only ...

Rival schools come together to play music

Rival schools come together to play music

November 21, 2017

On Thursday, November 16, Ventura High School Wind Ensemble Honors had their Fall Concert. This concert was free and was attended by parents and family, students and faculty members from both VHS and Buena High School. BHS opened the concert, playing “Chroma” by Carl Strommen, “Air and Dance”...

VHS music department hosts their biggest fundraiser of the year

The Studio Jazz Ensemble plays Afro Blue with Mikayla Williams singing. Photo by: Sarah Clench

Tobin Berger-Cahn

October 22, 2017

-By Tobin Berger-Cahn- The VHS music department hosted their annual benefit concert on Wednesday, October 18 to showcase their musicians and raise money for the program. The Studio Jazz Ensemble opened the concert with “Four on Six,” “Cantaloupe Island”  and “Watermelon Man.” Each Jazz mus...

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