Music

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17

At Crean Lutheran High School, we use our gifts joyfully as a response to the gift he first gave us: His Son Jesus Christ! The Crean Lutheran campus is alive with the sounds of four choirs, five instrumental ensembles, and two student-led worship teams.  Over 200 student musicians have dedicated their time at Crean Lutheran to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through music!

All students are invited to audition for one or more of Crean Lutheran's Music Ensembles.

CLHS Music Ensembles

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Crean Lutheran music department offers fulfilling experiences for students

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 

Crean Lutheran’s music department, led by department chair Jordan Kirby, is providing a meaningful musical outlet for students with a number of performances during the school year. The program follows the Bible Verse of Colossians 3:15-17.

“This verse is rich with so many inspiring words from Paul,” Kirby said. “We as a music program, made up of many ensembles and the students within, are like the body of the church. We each have our own talents and abilities that when combined with the other individuals in our ensemble are enhanced, changed and reformed into something that can only come through the unified production of sound. We ‘teach and admonish one another’ as we ‘[sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in [our] hearts to God.’ A life enhanced by music education is beautiful, but a life given music education with a Christian worldview can be soul changing.” 

Crean Lutheran’s music department is divided into four programs which includes about 200 students and “most of them have an intention of continuing music into college,” Kirby said. The director of instrumental music Jonathan Pratt conducts the honors string orchestra, honors concert band, percussion ensemble, and pep band. Music teacher Elliott Bark conducts the honors symphonic performance and theory. Music teacher Tyler Dawson conducts the honors worship team and the worship team. Kirby, the director of Choral Music and Music Department Chair, oversees the honors chamber choir, the honors concert choir, the men’s chorus, the women’s chorus and the concert handbells.

The program has a full schedule of activities coming up. Among the programs is a fall choral and instrumental concert on Sunday, October 13: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place featuring the Crean Lutheran Chamber Choir and Concert Choir and the Concert Orchestra. It will be held at the Christ Lutheran School in Costa Mesa. There will also be two choral festivals in November. On Friday, Nov. 1, the Westmont Choral Festival will be held at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Concordia University Choral Invitational will be held at Concordia University. Then in December, two major events are planned. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Service of Lessons and Carol will be held featuring the Crean Lutheran chamber choir, concert choir, men's chorus, women's chorus, concert handbells and select instrumentalists. The location will be finalized soon. Then on Thursday, Dec. 12, the Joy of Christmas on campus will highlight the semester. “It’s always held in our own gym; we decorate it with Christmas (decorations) and we have boutiques and hot chocolate and candy and cookies,” Kirby said.  “It’s really fun because it’s a collaboration between all of the performing arts departments. It’s a great way to end the semester.” In the spring semester, there will be a choral concert, an instrumental concert and the Azusa Pacific Choral Invitational, Kirby added. In addition, the Biola Instrumental Festival, the Instrumental Concerto Concert, the Pops Concert and the New York City Visual and Performing Arts Cohort Spring Tour will be held.

The music program accomplishes many goals, Kirby said. “We hold our students to a high standard and we expect a lot from them, but we also want our students to enjoy and have fun,” Kirby said. “We want them to have an education that is fruitful and helpful and educational, edifying but is also something that’s extremely enjoyable, something they can take on in their life like a sports team remembering the good times of having teamwork or an awesome game….same thing, (like) having an amazing concert. Because we’re at a Christian school, we also get to offer them new avenues in teaching them about Christ and what it means to be a follower and believer and to pass that information on through our gift of music.”

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

Honors Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra is a full-scale, auditioned ensemble that performs all genres of orchestral literature.  This group performs for all major concerts and events, both on and off campus. A String Quartet is also assembled from Honors Orchestra.

All students with instrumental experience are invited to apply (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion)

Concert Band (Honors)

This ensemble mirrors the instrumentation of the historic Marching Band or Field Band. Using Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion, students will perform a vast amount of repertoire that ranges from arrangements of Baroque and Classical music, to Modern music and Rock music.

As part of Honors Concert Band, a Jazz Band and Jazz Combo will also perform throughout the year. The Jazz Band is a “Big Band” style ensemble. We play traditional big band swing, as well as latin, afro-cuban, funk, and rock.

String Orchestra

String Orchestra performs a wide variety of string orchestral literature.  This group focuses on music fundamentals and performance techniques.

Students with all levels of string experience are welcome to audition!

Percussion Ensemble

This ensemble uses all types of percussion instruments to create music and have fun. From xylophones to snare drums, and shakers to hi-hats, students will learn to read, play, improvise, and compose for all things percussion.

The only requirement for this ensemble is a willingness to learn!

Handbells

Concert Handbells is a non-auditioned handbell ensemble comprised of 6-12 ringers. The ensemble performs at most major concerts throughout the year, and takes part in annual festivals. The repertoire played in this ensemble follows many styles and typically fits within a 2-4 octave range of bells.

All are encouraged to join!

Choral Music

Choral Music

Honors Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is a 16 voice select SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir, auditioned from Concert Choir. This group travels often around Orange County, singing multiple times throughout the year as ambassadors for Crean Lutheran High School and joins the Concert Choir on all tours.

If there are open spots, auditions take place at the beginning of each school year.

Concert Choir (Honors)

Concert Choir is an auditioned 40-50 member SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) mixed choir. As the flagship vocal ensemble at CLHS this choir performs at all major concerts both on and off campus. Concert Choir tours annually across California and the nation.

All students are invited to audition.

Men's Chorus

Men’s Chorus is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble, available to all men on campus. They will perform for all major concerts.

No audition is required.

Women's Chorus

Women’s Chorus is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble, available to all women on campus. They will perform for all major concerts.

No audition is required.

Worship Teams

Worship Teams at CLHS are taught by Mr. Dawson and supervised by Pastor Tim Unke. These ensembles regularly lead the school in song during chapel services. Additionally, these ensembles receive technical instruction by Mr. Dylan Busdeicker.

Worship Teams

Honors Worship Team

Honors Worship Team assists with leading worship both on and off campus multiple times throughout the school year. This premier ensemble is made up of musicians with multiple years of worship leading experience. Auditions for this ensemble begin each year in early spring.

Worship Team

Worship Team assists with leading worship both on and off campus multiple times throughout the school year. Made up of students who are still developing musicianship foundations, this ensemble focusses on the fundamentals of note, rhythm, and chord reading, basic music theory, and harmonization. Students are recommended to audition for this ensemble after playing their desired instrument for 1-2 years.