Briefly In Education

April 12, 2012
  • Makenna Zur Schmiede, Haley Castuera, Nicolas Leighton, Chandler Davis, John Bucchino, Sarah Busic, Elan Kramer, Jackson Tupy and Karina Parker at Bucchino's master class April 3.
Makenna Zur Schmiede, Haley Castuera, Nicolas Leighton,… (ROARK GOURLEY,…)

LBHS singers 'master' their craft in class

Some of Laguna Beach High School's most talented singers got a musical treat April 3.

Internationally known Broadway and cabaret composer John Bucchino came to the school to teach a formal master class for eight students. They each prepared two of Bucchino's songs in advance, and performed one of them in front of the class, instructed and accompanied by Bucchino on the piano.

The class was made possible through a $4,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation.

"I was so energized by their enthusiasm and talent, and impressed by the strength of the performing arts program at LBHS and the depth of community support for artistic excellence at this level," Bucchino said in a statement. "As a songwriter and performer, there are few things more gratifying than working with a young artist on one of my compositions and then hearing them bring something new and thrilling to its interpretation."


The participating students were seniors Sarah Busic, Chandler Davis, Elan Kramer, Nicolas Leighton and Jackson Tupy, and juniors Haley Castuera, Karina Parker and Makenna Zur Schmiede. All of them also recently appeared in the school's production of "The Sound of Music."

"Support from the Festival of Arts Foundation has allowed us to give these hard-working high school performers an experience they would not otherwise get until late in a university fine arts degree program," Roxanna Ward, musical director at LBHS, said in a statement. "We are so grateful to the Foundation and to John Bucchino for providing this opportunity to bring his master class to LBHS."


Young photographers head to regional contest

Members from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach have advanced to the regional competition in the ImageMakers National Photography Contest, according to a news release from the club.

The 24 young photographers will have selected photos compete at the Pacific Regional contest, and winners there will go on to be judged nationally.

At the national level, 20 winners will be named, and their photography will go on display in a traveling exhibition for the Boys & Girls Club of America and other events throughout the year.

Previously, the Laguna Beach Club has produced five national winners.

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