Oceanside CA— The choirs at Oceanside High School had another banner year and are invited you to come celebrate with us! We are proud to announce the final performance of our Soundwaves Show Choir 2019 competitive set “Broken Machine” at the OHS Choir Pop Show on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday May 30 at 7pm. This set has taken our students above and beyond anything that has been done in Oceanside before. Complete with beautiful costumes, cutting edge choreography and blocking, superb singing, exciting lights and effects, outstanding soloists, and a highly creative set, all performed on our gorgeous new stage on campus at OHS, this concert is not to be missed! Our show choir is celebrating a stellar season with three 1st place wins with Superior ratings, two best overall choir Showmanship awards, and one overall best Musicianship award, as well as best performer nods to students Natalie Musgrove, Sapphire Taylor and Kaula Moody . Since we have done so well for the past 3 years, at our final competition of this year we requested comments from the judges to help us prepare to move up into the intermediate division next year! We are also excited to share that we have so many students interested in participating in show choir that Soundwaves will now have a sister choir, “High Seas!” Soundwaves is choreographed by Dominic Matas, and High Seas will be choreographed by Susia Ruddell.
Our traditional Concert Choir at OHS also performed beautifully this year, receiving straight Superior ratings at both festivals we attended, and this year for the first time, our Beginning level Chorus ensemble attended festival and came home with an Excellent rating! Most of the students in this group have never sung in a choir before, so we are exceptionally proud of their accomplishment this year! These choirs will also be featured at our Pop Show, and all three choir groups will combine to perform our grand finale Bohemian Rhapsody, with choreography by Dominic Matas, and accompanied by a student rock band.
As OHS has moved toward career pathways as a school vision, students in the choir program have had amazing opportunities this year related to the performance industry. We hosted our own show choir competition, which garnered national attention in the show choir world as we brought the biggest show choirs in California together to compete and were the only competition of the year to host them all together. Our beautiful new theater shined like a diamond, and directors were incredibly pleased with the flow and organization of the event. More than 4000 people came through during the competition and it raised nearly $30,000 for our choir program. For this event and all the others we put on throughout the school year, OHS students are given opportunities to try out different jobs, including being graphic designers, costume and set designers, makeup artists, food service, lighting and stage crew, choreographers, singer/songwriters, and ambassadors for our school. Students this year completed a music composition project, using “bandlab” a free web-based music composition website. They were required to include a portion of live recorded sound within their composition, and these compositions will be streamed through the lobby and the house of the PAC prior to our end of the year Pop Show concert on May 30. By allowing students to create their own music, they are exposed to rich career possibilities in composing, mixing, and recording music, and they are able to literally give voice to their inner creativity through music.
We hope you will come to our final performance of the year, and see our students shine!
The performing arts are thriving in Oceanside, and at Oceanside High School, students interested in the performing arts have a home where they can grow and their creativity can prosper!