The Music Abode’s Top 10
We’ve had a pretty good year here, there, everywhere around Orange County with The Music Abode. After listening and reading top 10 lists all around, we decided to make our own, thank you teachers and students for making it a good one!
10. Love and Laughter Recording – The Music Abode was given an opportunity to do some recording with teacher Emma Plotnik. This was a fun experience, as I was able to accompany her! We recommend recording to all students, anyone who wants to capture their music experience in high quality digital sound. L&L studios is always available at a discount to our students on any instrument!
9. Pacific Symphony Plazacast – Now an annual tradition, we were able to gather a few students this year to come together and enjoy the Pacific Symphony’s Plazacast. There was family fun entertainment in the few hours leading up to the show, followed by the amazing Symphony performing Carmina Burana (as heard in football pre-shows and background to movies/cartoons). Carl St. Clair even came out during the break to talk with the audience. It was a very memorable evening!
8. Orange County Educational Arts Academy Spring Glee Showcase – Teacher Ashley Rosales has been working with OCEAA afterschool and had their first performance this spring. As always with a new program, there were many learning experiences along the way, but the biggest of all is to perform! Each student was given the opportunity to sing their own solo for this Glee Showcase and they all performed with amazing confidence and style! They also performed a holiday performance year end.
7. Teacher Features – Congratulations to teacher Beverly Bremers on her successful debut of Gift of the Magi: The Musical. She had a very successful run and a sold out final night! We hope to see it in many more theaters next December! Also to Jenny Payne and In the Wilderness for recording their first EP, Bonhoeffer. Visit their Facebook page for more updates on release and upcoming shows.
6. Anaheim Fall Festival – Our first year in attendance will go down in history. Vocalists Dhean San Pedro, Althessa Jones, Amber Russell, and Isabella Day knocked our socks off! They did so amazing they were invited back to the holiday tree lighting event in Anaheim.
5. Anaheim Art Crawl – You couldn’t recognize our studio during this event! We cleared out all the office furniture and put In the Wilderness (as mentioned above) in the office area, and adorned the music stands, pianos, and walls with artwork from art school The Drawing Board.
4. Anaheim Tree Lighting – As mentioned above, our vocalists did such an amazing job, each performing solo at the Fall Festival, we were invited back to sing Christmas songs at the Tree Lighting ceremony just down the street from our studio. Tina Irvine also joined the group of singers that drew a sizable crowd that afternoon! The Music Abode also had a craft booth making paper plate tambourines. Seeing as none of us had previously done crafts of this magnitude, this gets mention in our annual ranking as well. Next year we’re going to try a much easier constructed craft!
3. All American Boys Chorus Annual Gala –Honorary guest Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan. Mr. Cernan was incredibly inspirational. The Music Abode strongly supports the efforts of AABC. If you haven’t seen information about them before on our website, the AABC is a non-profit chorus for boys ages 8-15. The boys are given musical goals to achieve through properly instructed music theory and technique courses. They are then qualified to perform locally, nationally, and some internationally. The AABC not only provides boys with excellent music education, but comradery that will last a lifetime. We were happy to be included in this fundraising evening to support this incredible program.
2. Fall Recitals – So no earthquakes this time, but just as much to get excited about! The nervousness and excitement and relief in the air when all shows are complete for the afternoon is a cherished memory following each show; the calm after the storm. The amount of family and friend support, and preparation and confidence of each performer is completely overwhelming. I noticed all of those qualities perhaps the most at our fall recitals this year. And, those stage lights that weren’t working!…Although in post conversations it seemed I was the only one who noticed!
1. Earth shattering performance – The vocal performance of a lifetime, student Tina Irvine performed through an earthquake during our Spring Recital! Not only was her performance amazing in the first place (it shook the earth), but she continued through all of the commotion…the entire audience remained calm, and we couldn’t imagine a better outcome!
Thank you to all The Music Abode Family for making 2014 full of magical music memories!
— Top 10 List Composed by Miss Kim – Teacher and President