Justin Padilla Moves up to Los Alamitos High School

Alumnus Justin Padilla (Music Education) has had a remarkable successful 11 years at Oak Middle School. He conducted the All State Jazz Ensemble this year. He has just accepted the position as instrumental music teacher at Los Alamitos High School.

The Oak Music School Principal sent a note out to parents and wrote of Justin, “We have been so fortunate over the last 11 years to have such a wonderful instrumental music program led by Mr. Justin Padilla. When Mr. Padilla first came to Oak, we had only two sections of band.  Under his leadership, our instrumental music program has grown to include three levels of band, two levels of orchestra, two levels of Jazz band, and a ukulele class for our sixth grade wheel. Thanks to the vision of Mr. Padilla, our music boosters, and our talented students, we now have a strong instrumental music program that has been recognized throughout the State…. His legacy of creating an outstanding instrumental music program at Oak will carry on for generations to come.  Please join me in congratulating Mr. Padilla on his new position.”

Dolfo Picanço Featured in Paper

Alumnus Dolfo Picanço was featured in Millikan High’s school paper in an article. The drum major, Kai Bauer said, “Mr. P actually exceed my expectations…” He has “the competitive edge that lights a fire in us, something that hasn’t happened here in the past three years, What we’re doing here is the start of something great.” We have a three-alumni team at Milikan with Renee Batia, Drake York, and Dolfo Picanço teaching music there.

Kathi Rundus Publishes new Book

Dr. Kathi Rundus book, “Cantabile Voice Class,” was released by Pavane Publishers. It is a lower division text book for Voice classes and follows Dr. RUndus’s 2009 vocal pedagogy book “Cantabile.” “Choral Cantabile” is set for a 2016 release by Pavane. Additionally, she was chosen to be a presenter at the CASMEC convention in San Jose in February 2016. The presentation will equip choral directors with  ”best practice” techniques in teaching breath management  to choral ensembles. She has also been selected as a presenter at the CASMEC convention in San Jose in February 2016. The presentation will equip choral directors with “best practice” techniques in teaching breath management  to choral ensembles.

Sarah Sandvig Sign 12-Book Deal

Alumna Sarah Sandvig, class of 2004 (MA Music Ed), signed with Kendall Hunt Publishing for her Music Theory for Singers book series (12 books total) in 2012.

Her books are available online and in stores, and are being developed into apps to be released next year. Since graduating, she taught music in Los Alamitos Unified for 7 years, released a cd of jazz standards, “Serendipity,” available on iTunes, and served as state chair for the MTAC voice program Certificate of Merit.

She is currently teaching a full studio, remains active with MTAC and NATS, and enjoys adjudicating, performing, and writing articles for multiple music journals.