Both jazz choirs (2n4 and Soundwaves) at Valencia High School has made the cut during a selective process of 137 high school jazz choirs in the country to compete at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival on April 5-7. Both jazz choirs are directed by choral director Christine Tavares Mocha.
Both of VHS’ 2n4 and Soundwaves were selected to perform in the competitive national audition competition. The two VHS jazz groups have a high ranking out of eight high school groups to make the cut. The other schools are from Folsom, CA; San Jose, CA; Dallas, Denver and Downey, CA.
It is a rare opportunity to have two groups from one high school out of eight finalists chosen in a field among over 1,300 of the nation’s top student jazz singers.
VHS’ 2n4 jazz choir was recently selected to be the one jazz high school ensemble selected out of the nation to perform at the Jen National Convention earlier this month in Reno, Nevada. They performed 10 songs (equal to a professional jazz group) in front of a full ballroom standing room only crowd that included the national board of various jazz choral educators from Julliard, Berklee School of Music, University of Miami, Michigan, UNT and USC.
Both 2n4 and Soundwaves placed first in their divisions and won the overall Sweepstakes category at the Folsom Jazz Festival this past weekend.
Both groups are very excited to compete at the Monterey Jazz Festival this April!
Both groups will be performing at the VHS Choir Rock n Pops Concert at 7pm this Thursday and Friday at the VHS Theatre on campus.
Here are the links to their recent jazz performances this past weekend at the Folsom Jazz Festival.