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2020 Winter Arts Festival: Music


UHS Jazz Program

Starting this 2020-21 school living in a global pandemic and with performing arts communities around the SF Bay Area (and the world) completely shut down for live, in-person performances, all of us performers and music educators wondered how/what music would look like in the second half of 2020. I decided the best course of action coming into this school year would be to try and run our music performing program as close as possible to what life was like before distance learning was mandated.

As a result, the focus became to play and record as much music as possible. The students enrolled in the Jazz Combo Class and the Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensemble courses entered into a distance learning space that has them playing scales/scales exercises throughout the various musical keys, a wide repertoire of jazz/improved music styles, learning about improvisation/improvising on their own, and recording nearly everything that we do.  Students submit their performance recordings to me, I uploaded them into my Digital Audio Workstation and I begin to edit, EQ, mix, master and create playable/sharable audio files for our community to enjoy.

The students in your UHS music community are working so diligently to bring the joy, that only music can, to this and the greater community-at-large. I couldn’t be more proud of these musicians, what they’ve accomplished, and I’m continually honored to be on this journey as a musician and educator with University High School.

~Terrence Brewer

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From the UHS Chamber Orchestra

Welcome to the UHS Chamber Orchestra’s Winter 2020 concert! In the short time we had before Thanksgiving break our ten members recorded four pieces for the Winter Arts Festival. The first is a short Dance from 1551 by the Flemish composer Tielman Susato. We then move ahead over 200 years to the Classical period for Mozart’s Overture to his opera The Abduction from the Seraglio. Our third piece is an arrangement of Schubert’s most popular song, Ave Maria of 1825. Two short Romanian Dances by Bartok from 1917 round out our concert. We will record one more piece this week to share with you next month. We hope you enjoy our performances!

~John Eells

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From the UHS Advanced Choir

 

The UHS choir is making a splash — thanks for dropping by. We’ve been underwater with work, and we’re excited to share that with you! Please sink in to your comfy chair and click HERE to watch our videos: 

- “Barso Re” is an exciting dance-in-the-rain-slash-clandestine-love-song, hailing from Bollywood. We didn’t have access to rain, however, so we made our own

- Zoe Kosmowski serenades us with Stephen Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle”

- Mady Ockner and Maddy Black sing “Seventeen” from Heathers

- Finally, “Grow As You Go” is the exactly the heart wrenching ballad you were looking for at the end of a concert

Be well, and please enjoy our set!

~Joel Chapman 

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From the Satonics

After a short hiatus last Spring, the Satonics are back in action! For those who don't know, the Satonics are UHS's very own a cappella group. To adjust to virtual music making, we started off the year by working on a song that we never had the chance to perform last year: Disturbia by Rihanna. Because we can’t perform live together, we’ve been working on recording and mixing our music, and taking advantage of these unique circumstances. To celebrate the holidays, we chose to sing an arrangement of Silent Night by the Pentatonix. For this piece we experimented with the possibilities made available with a virtual setting by each recording three tracks, to make our group of nine sound like a much larger choir. We hope you enjoy, and happy holidays from the Satonics!
A special thanks to Joel Chapman for sharing his expertise in music mixing and mastering!

 

~Madelyn Ockner ‘21

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THE PERFORMING ARTISTS

ADVANCED CHOIR
JOEL CHAPMAN, DIRECTOR
Maddy Black ‘23
Zoe Kosmowski ‘23
Helena Maddox ‘21
Isabel Matteo ‘23
Madelyn Ockner ‘21
Ella Potashner ‘23
Arieanna Price ‘24
Meryl Sampson ‘23
Ariane Vidal ‘22

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 
JOHN EELLS, DIRECTOR
Flute
Anika Gandhi ‘24
Serina Jain ‘24
Amelia Kwon ‘24
Bryce Hoenigman ‘24
Clarinet
Tessa Hartman ‘23
Alto Saxophone
Mary Kelley ‘23
Violin
Jeffrey Weisinger ‘21
Ishaan Bhattacharya ‘24
Viola
Emilia Fowler ‘21
Guitar
Shrey Varma ‘22
Piano
Franco Parcella ‘23
Dylan Dodson ‘24


 

UHS JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
TERRENCE BREWER, DIRECTOR
Saxophone/Woodwind Section
Alison Conner ‘24
Riley Foard ‘22
Nicolas Galleno ‘21
Callum Nelson ‘23
Zachary Ravel ‘21
Ryan Tabibian ‘21
Trumpet Section
Ishan Abraham ‘22
Jacob Frieman ‘22
Maddy Frieman ‘24
Marcus Jang ‘22
Jonas Rosenman ‘24
Trombone Section
Cesar Leon ‘23
Luqmaan Shaikh ‘21
Rhythm Section
Matt Hsu ‘22 (Piano)
Shane Reidy ‘23 (Piano)
James Iskander ‘22 (Guitar)
Brenna Tucker ‘23 (Guitar)
Darius Yamini ‘21 (Bass)
Michael McKane ‘21 (Bass)
Rocky Versace ‘21 (Drums)
Mason Villegas ‘21 (Drums)
Teaching Assistants
Alex Perry ‘22
Lucas Perry ‘22

UHS JAZZ COMBO CLASS
TERRENCE BREWER, DIRECTOR
Woodwind Section
Caroline Cortes ‘22 (Saxophone)
Baron Guo ‘23 (Saxophone)
Lucas Holden ‘24 (Saxophone)
Claiborne Martell ‘23 (Clarinet)
Alara Ozturk ‘24 (Clarinet)
Marshall Schneider ‘24 (Clarinet)
Sebastian Shoup ‘24 (Clarinet)
Brass Section
Jake Colley ‘23 (French Horn)

 

Ohene Dah ‘24 (Trumpet)
Nicolas Martin ‘24 (Valve Trombone)
Dash Nakahata ‘23 (Trombone)
Rhythm Section
Madeline Boyle ‘23 (Piano)
Erin Wadsworth ‘23 (Piano)
Thomas Woeber ‘23 (Piano)
Amani Dhillon ‘24 (Piano)
Kent Friel ‘22 (Piano)
Julian Grossman ‘24 (Piano)
Adam Zaidi ‘24 (Piano)
Luke Bradley ‘23 (Bass)
Peter Ma ‘24 (Drums)
Orlando Scheil ‘23 (Drums)

THE SATONICS
MADELYN OCKNER ‘21, DIRECTOR
Sopranos
Cecily Brettkelly ‘24
Katrina Franco ‘23
Caroline Hall-Sherr ‘22
Madelyn Ockner ‘21
Altos
Sharon Cheng ‘23
Sarah Cheung ‘21
Bea Hord ‘23
Madelyn Ockner ‘21
Tenors
Sarah Cheung ‘21
Christian Canete '22
Dash Donovan ‘24
Baritone
Dash Donovan ‘24
Bass
Christian Canete ‘22
Vocal Percussion
Matthew Gin ‘21