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Burroughs VMA Presents “Pop Show 39: Can’t Stop The Feeling”

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The John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association presents “Pop Show 39: Can’t Stop The Feeling” showcasing the VMA’s amazing tradition of excellence with singing, dancing, dazzling costumes and eye-catching sets from the nationally acclaimed, award-winning Powerhouse & Sound Sensations advanced competition choirs, as well as the intermediate Decibelles and Sound Waves competition choirs and perennial fan-favorite “Men At Work.” Evening shows are on Thursday, March 1st, Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd all beginning at 7PM. A 2PM matinee performance will take place on Sunday, March 4th. Tickets are now available online at www.jbhsvma.com

In addition to the VMA’s five competition choirs performing their highly anticipated 2018 competition sets, “Pop Show 39” will also feature a variety of small groups, duos and soloists performing music and choreography they have chosen themselves, as well as a special performance by the VMA’s Dance Ensemble. In total, “Pop Show 39” will feature over 200 students from the JBHS VMA, as well as the talents of select students from the Burroughs Instrumental Music Association and the JBHS Tech Crew.

Along with Pop Show 39, the JBHS VMA has an incredibly busy Spring, competing in numerous regional competitions; traveling to Orlando, Florida to compete in a national showchoir competition and hosting its own Music Showcase event   on April 13th and 14th where over 60 choirs will compete over the course of the two-day event. The choirs’ 2018 season will finish on May 17th with the presentation of its annual Spring Concert. 

The John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association includes five competitive show choirs, involving over 200 student choir, tech and musical performers.  The program’s advanced mixed choir, POWERHOUSE, has long been recognized as one of the nation’s finest show choirs. An inspiration for the television series “Glee,” POWERHOUSE was invited to perform on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 as a representative of the modern high school show choir phenomenon. In recent years, POWERHOUSE has performed opposite the cast of “Glee,” Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Harry Connick, Jr., and Foreigner. Additionally, the group was featured in “Gleeful: The Real Show Choirs of America”, a British documentary as well as profiled on the “CBS Evening News.” The choir has performed at the famed Hollywood Bowl, and has traveled to a variety of cities around the U.S., as well as to China on two occasions to perform in the internationally televised Chinese New Year Parade and other prominent events. 

Launched in the Fall of 1978, by Mary Rago, who at the time was the vocal music director of John Burroughs High School, the JBHS VMA was one of the nation’s very first competitive show choir programs. Rago was succeeded as director in 2006 by her former student, Brendan Jennings, who is assisted by artistic director, Jen Oundjian; musical director, Dan Scoville; and a team of talented choreographers.

For more information on the John Burroughs High School VMA Show Choirs, go to www.jbhsvma.org.

Burroughs VMA Presents Holiday Spectacular Next Weekend

The combined vocal and instrumental departments of John Burroughs High School are presenting the community a very special musical treat for the 2016 holiday season, “Holiday Spectacular, In The Studio”. It will be a performance filled with the seasonal sights and sounds of the award winning music departments of the school. The auditorium stage will be home to choirs: Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves, Decibelles, the Muses and the Vocal Ensemble along with the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and selected instrumental and vocal solos. They will be performing a diverse selection of holiday music featuring classical lyrics to contemporary big band sounds, from Christmas to Chanukah to New Years’ reveling which will leave the audience filled with the holiday spirit. The first act will end with The IMA’s salute to the Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show’s finale will be Step Into Christmas by Elton John. Both classic songs created “in the studio” which have become staples in our holiday celebrations. The other highlights will be the numbers when the combined choirs and bands unite onstage, with over 300 students performing together!  In keeping with the tradition of the choir, the performance will end with alumni invited up onstage to join in with their rendition of Silent Night, which features senior soloist Aubrianna Rohan.

The Vocal Music Association is under the direction of Brendan Jennings and the Instrumental Music Association under the direction of Taylor Arakelian. This year’s show is directed by former VMA student, Katelyn Mc Carney.  The Holiday Spectacular is also supported by Jon King and the students of the Burroughs Tech Crew.

Performances are Friday, December 9th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 10th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11th at 2 p.m., all in the John Burroughs Auditorium, 1920 W. Clark Ave., Burbank 91506. General Admission to Holiday Spectacular 2016 is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is $25. Due to the large amount of students performing, the seating is limited so order your tickets now at http://www.itsmyseat.com/JBHSVMA/ tickets can be purchased at the auditorium box office before the performances.  For questions about Holiday Spectacular, please call (818) 538-4911 or email at jbhsvmaboxoffice@gmail.com


Burbank High School VMA Presents Carroll’s Corral and Cookoff Again Tonight

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Joyce Rudolph

Burbank High School’s chorale students proved they can sing, dance and wait tables too as they entertained family and friends during the Carroll’s Corral and Cookout fundraiser on Friday night. The final show is tonight at 6 p.m.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Western-themed event was presented by the Vocal Music Association with proceeds going to support the year-long program. As this is the first performance of the year, the students pulled the show together in just four weeks.

Risers for the singers were set up on one side of the lunch shelter and tables and chairs on the other. The warm weather made one feel like they were out on the prairie. Student groups performing were Out of the Blue intermediate mixed choir, Impressions advanced women’s choir, In Sync advanced mixed choir, Sound Dogs men’s choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and a cappella groups the Sirens women’s choir and the Gentlemen’s Octet.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Parents were in the kitchen tossing a mixed green salad and warming up chili — with meat or just vegetarian — and corn bread. Students were hustling about — filling plastic cups with ice, water and soda and taking people’s orders. Then delivering everything fast and with a smile!

One of those was sophomore Kyle Lucero, 16, who sings with the group Out of the Blue.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, if the customers are satisfied, that’s all that matters,” he said enthusiastically.

Emma Shannon, who sings with In Sync, was promoting the sale of frickles – fried pickles. “I love ’em!” said the high school junior.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ruth Rodriguez, 14, also a member of Out of the Blue, took a short break after finishing a song with the group.

“This is a good event to meet new people,” she said.

And that’s what the event’s all about, said vocal teacher Brett Carroll. His “secret agenda” as he calls it, is using events like this to help students build socialization and character skills.

“Like greeting and interacting with people you don’t know and how to help people out,” he said. “Studies show that the No. 1 fear people have above death is speaking in public. This event gets the students off the stage and out into the audience to serve people. It forces them to learn other skills.

“Many of Carroll’s students take the skills they learn in his program and go on to work on stage, in television and in other professions,” he said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This is just another avenue — a wonderful way through an art form — to teach them these life skills. That’s what’s so beautiful and important about the program that we want these students to grow into better people. They learn how to read people, how to look people in the eye and work together as a team and problem solve under pressure.”

Another chance to see this show will be at 6 p.m. today. It’s a bargain at $20 per person. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds help subsidize the vocal music program.The Vocal Music Association’s annual budget is about $400,000, said Ellie Stockwell, VMA President.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We have a really big goal we are trying to raise,” she said. “The money goes to costumes, bus transportation — our main goal is to try to fulfill whatever the school district doesn’t provide. We sometimes get outside choreographers to come in and help students with choreography, so it really depends on what the needs are for that particular year.”

The Vocal Music Association will continue its fundraising activities with the 18th annual Night of Magic beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Pickwick Gardens. The evening includes silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment by the chorale groups. Donations of prizes can be brought to the school. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Williams at (818) 848-3513 or email grinnellgang@sbcglobal.net.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The chorale groups will perform a holiday program and then competition season begins in January. The groups will go on tour through Boston and New York City, and then host the chorale competition in March called the Burbank Blast, featuring 40 high school show choirs from throughout the state and beyond. The Pop Show completes the performance year.

“What I Stand For” to be Presented by Burroughs Vocal Music Association

One of the most exciting shows of the year is ready to burst on the scene! It’s time for Pop Show 34: What I Stand For! The John Burroughs Vocal Music Association continues their amazing tradition of singing, dancing, dazzling costumes and eye catching sets for their 34th year in a row!
The last year was an exciting one for the Vocal Music Program at JBHS. Powerhouse sang on 3 episodes of The Voice. It was also the year that both Powerhouse and Sound Sensations were awarded Grand Champions in their divisions in the Show Choir Competition in New York.  This year looks to be on equal footing for great music, dance and performance opportunities for all our choirs!
Pop Show 34 Rehearsal:(left to right)Top Row~John Cutone, Kick Nikoian, Ben Hobson, Jack Harman, Jacob LopezBottom Row~Josh Strobl, Kelsey Reynolds, Nevada Brandt, Jenny Katz, Julianna Lyons, Jasiri Booker

Pop Show 34 Rehearsal: (left to right) Top Row~John Cutone, Kick Nikoian, Ben Hobson, Jack Harman, Jacob Lopez Bottom Row~Josh Strobl, Kelsey Reynolds, Nevada Brandt, Jenny Katz, Julianna Lyons, Jasiri Booker

While Pop Show was born 34 years ago based on the show choir genre of music, it was the breakout hit Glee’s (pilot episode which was filmed in the John Burroughs choir classroom), that has set the show choir world afire and fuels the spirit of this entertaining show. That spirit is evident in every song and show choir set that the VMA will present.  The evening will feature all of the school’s five Show Choirs, a cappella groups, the show stopping Dance Ensemble, a variety of small groups, duos and soloists performing music and choreography they have chosen themselves.  The Vocal Music Association has over 200 students involved in the performances.  Burroughs’ Pop Show has a reputation that brings students, alumni and fans from all over Southern California, for these performances. One of the evening’s highlights is sure to be the competition sets. Pop Show will be your first chance to see this year’s exciting contributions to the show choir world.

Being the “real thing” and not a fictional television show, Pop Show 34, along with showcasing amazing talent, helps raise the funds, which enable this program to excel.  During these difficult economic times, programs such as this are dependent on raising additional funds in order to pay for any extras. Your attendance and support helps this outstanding arts program to continue.
Performances are Thursday, February 28th, Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 3rd at 2 p.m., in the John Burroughs High School Auditorium, 1920 W. Clark Avenue, Burbank Ca 91506.General Admission to Pop Show 34: What I Stand For is $16; $11 for students and seniors.  Reserved seats are $25.  For tickets please visit www.jbhsvma.com or order online at http://www.itsmyseat.com/JBHSVMA/ .

Capacity Crowd Enjoys “Burroughs on Broadway”

Photso By Ross A. Benson


 Members of the John Burroughs High School’s Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves and Decibels, preformed “Burroughs On Broadway” Friday and Saturday evenings to capacity crowds.  Members preformed to numbers from Mary Poppins, Chicago,  Hairspray and In The Heights where students wowed the crowd and preformed to a technically stuffed show. The final performance will be on Sunday at 2:00pm and there are still tickets available. This event is one of the  Burroughs Vocal Music Association’s major fundraisers for the year.