Talented student-musicians will take part in choir, band, and string orchestra performances at the San Joaquin County High School Honors Concert on Saturday, Jan. 14 at San Joaquin Delta College. The concert will be staged at the Delta Center for the Arts, Warren Atherton Auditorium, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton on the Delta College campus.
This year the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s High School Honors Concert consists of 256 students (76 choir, 97 band, and 83 orchestra) from 22 schools in 10 districts within San Joaquin County. More than 300 students auditioned in the fall. The auditions and concert are organized by SJCOE Visual and Performing Arts, which sponsors the event with the Delta College Music Department and the San Joaquin County Music Educators’ Association.
“EHS has 17 students represented this year. That’s the most we’ve ever had, so that’s very exciting,” noted Escalon Unified School District Choral Director Katie Carbajal.
The EHS Honor Choir Students include seniors Megan Fahey, Abigayle Flynn, Avery Terra, Ashley Wells and Kenneth Wolaver; junior Natalie Titsworth; sophomores Daniel Adams and Cortney Ball; and freshmen Brenden Berchtold and Taylor Bruns.
Selected for the Honor Band were seniors Isabela Acevedo, Nikolai Lorenzo and Jacob Rauch; juniors Maia Madsen and Hannah Wampler; freshmen Drew Bellinger and Emilia Sousa.
Guest conductors select music and lead the performances.
Band guest conductor will be Dr. Dave Vickerman, Director of Bands, San Jose State University; Choir guest conductor is Dr. Bruce Southard, Director of Choral Studies, Delta College; and Orchestra guest conductor is Joseph Hébert, String Ensemble Director, CSU East Bay.
The Nelson Zane Four-Year Award will be given to students who have been accepted to the SJCOE High School Honors program for all four years of eligibility. This year a total of 31 students will receive the award. Nelson Zane Four-Year Award recipients are eligible for a $500 scholarship. The scholarship winner will be announced during intermission.
The concert is free and open to the public. Parking passes are not required. It will also be streaming live at https://bit.ly/hshonorsconcert2023.
This will be the first of two performances scheduled for 2023. The Middle School Honors Concert is scheduled for March 4. Find more information about both concerts at www.sjhonors.org.