Ten Tehachapi choir students from Valley Oaks Charter School got a chance to show off their musical talent by participating in this year's "It's a Grand Night for Music," the annual showcase of Kern County's finest high school musicians at the Rabobank Theatre in Bakersfield on Jan. 29.
Valley Oaks choir students who performed included were Amy Bayer, Jarrett Blankenship, Alicia Camerena, Hannah Clare, Jacob Cortez, Caleb Ellms, Daniel Ellms, Grace Freymond, Ruby Gillies and Kirk Karnes.
Sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office and the Kern County Music Educators Association, the "Grand Night for Music" began in 1948. This year's performance, which featured guest conductors, Johannes Müller-Stosch, Dr. Zack Durlam and Shannon Kitelinger, assembled approximately 775 orchestra and choir members from all over the county, who participated in the festival to bring support to its school's music programs.
The choir that featured the Valley Oaks students performed Robert Schumann's "Zigeuerleben (Gypsy Life)," Eliza Gilkyson's "Requiem," ed, Brad Holme's "Star in the East," David Dickau's "If Music Be the Food of Love," and Byron J. Smith's "Shout Glory!", as well as the combined orchestra, band and choir performance of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Peter J. Wilkousky.