Welcome to the 2017-2018 year!

WELCOME to the 2017-18 Gunn High School Concert Choir. Below is our concert schedule for this school year

Fall Concert

Sunday, November 5 at 7:00PM at the First Presbyterian Church located at 1140  Cowper, Palo Alto

Our choirs take the stage in a program of culturally rich and diverse choral music from around the world.

Choir Staff Musical

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 6, 7 and 8, 8:00 PM at Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center located at 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

One of the biggest events at Gunn is our annual Choir Staff Musical. Every year we perform an original show written by Nancy Hersage, with some of your favorite pop music – Motown, 50’s, Disco and more. Every year it’s something new to showcase our Gunn talent. This event brings the entire Gunn community together and raises scholarship money for the Spring Tour.

Guest Artist Concert

Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 PM located at St. Marks Episcopal Church located at 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto

Each Spring we feature a guest artist, choir or conductor that provides a new choral experience, such as the amazing concert with Dr. Benson last year. This years event is TBD and we will update you as soon as we have our special program details.

Spring Choir Trip

Anaheim Choral Festival

Thursday May 17 – Sunday May 20

Our choir will perform at an amazing choir festival in Anaheim. More details will follow soon!

Spring Concert

Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 PM, Location TBD

This is our musical farewell to the class of 2018. It is always bittersweet as we give awards and sing our goodbyes to the graduating seniors in our choir.

 

Prior Years Performance Details

2017 ends on a high note!

THANK YOU for attending the annual Spring concert and awards. This emotion packed evening was a love filled musical farewell to the Class of 2017. There were SO many wonderful solos showcasing our very talented seniors. Awards were given to four year choir students, as well as other special awards. The departing seniors gave Mr. Liberatore a video compilation of personal messages of thanks for all he’s done for them. The concert was just so beautiful and the audience was treated to a surprise encore at the end. Absolutely nobody wanted it to end! There were not a lot of dry eyes…

This was a great way to cap off the year and gear up for the Ireland tour, but our outgoing seniors will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Have a relaxing summer everyone! We look forward to more memorable music in the fall.

Guest Artist Concert – A musical celebration!

THANKS to everyone who attended Gunn Choir Guest Concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. It was an exciting concert featuring music from around the world. The choir was joined by Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. The concert featured gorgeous soaring vocals, exciting movement, creative medleys, stunning solos, and heartfelt moments. The audience was energized and begging the students for an encore. What a fantastic evening of music and beauty!

 

And Then There Were Nuns: The 21st Annual Gunn Choir Staff Musical

copsHUGE THANKS to everyone who joined us for the Choir staff musical! Our 160 voice Gunn High School Choir and all of your favorite Gunn staff were absolutely electrifying in the 2017 musical extravaganza And Then There Were Nuns. This light-hearted musical comedy featured Dorothy and Toto, who have had enough of Oz.

gangster_danceThis time the cheeky farm girl from Kansas (and her little dog, too) were off to the Big Apple to audition for a Broadway musical. But before the aspiring star can make it to the Great White Way, she stumbles into a mob hit and must be spirited away to a nunnery in the Catskills as part of the NYPD Witness Protection Program.

prayer_danceStill, nothing could keep our heroine from her ambition to make it in show biz. Before you knew it, Dorothy escaped the convent and was on her way back to New York City, followed by singing nuns, dancing mafiosos, and bumbling coppers. It was an absolutely unforgettable performance!

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The show ran for three nights, at Palo Alto High School’s Performing Arts Center. The JLS Middle School choir was featured on Wednesday, February 8, and the Terman Middle School choir was featured during the Thursday, February 9th performance.

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All proceeds benefited the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance so that all choir students can participate in the concert tour to Ireland in June, regardless of their family financial circumstances.

A beautiful Holiday Concert!

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THANKS to all who came out to see our Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday concert! Fa la la and Happy Hanukkah and more! We kicked off our winter break with lots of your favorite alumni during a festive evening of holiday songs.  All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund for the choir’s tour to Ireland this summer. The brand new performance center at Palo Alto High School was absolutely stunning! What a wonderful treat for friends and family alike.

A heartfelt November concert!

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HUGE THANKS to all who joined us on November 6th for our always beautiful fall concert. It was a wonderful experience to share with friends and family. The choir performed music from around the world in multiple languages including French, Korean, German, Italian, Chinese, Bulgarian, and Hungarian! The venue was beautiful with soaring ceilings and great acoustics. The singers sounded just amazing.

What a great concert to kick off the fall!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 year!

WELCOME to the 2016-17 Gunn High School Concert Choir! We are excited to begin a year with such an enthusiastic group of students. Back to school packets will go out the second week of August and will include information about our exciting performance tour of Ireland!

Join us on Sunday, September 25th for our Choir Back to School Family Concert & Potluck. Kids need to arrive at 3:00 to warm up. Parents can drop off their food in front of the main office at 3:45 and the singing starts at 4:00 in the theatre. Bring your family and your favorite dish to share. Boosters are asking that it feed 15. There is no admission, so bring lots of family and enjoy hearing the great talent we have in our choirs this year.

An emotional farewell!

SummerTHANK YOU for attending the annual the Spring concert and awards. This enchanting evening was a touching musical farewell to the Class of 2016. There were many memorable solos showcasing our very talented seniors. Awards were given to four year choir students as well as other special awards. The Gunn Choir was fresh off of unanimous superior ratings at the California Music Educators Association Choral Festival. This was a great way to close out the year, but our outgoing seniors will be dearly missed. Have a fabulous summer everyone! We look forward to more amazing music in the fall.

Guest Artist Concert – Vive la Compagnie!

Our guest featured the phenomenal choirs from Fond du lac High School in Wisconsin. We had a wonderful time with these singers in Anaheim and we asked them to come sing with us if they were ever in the Bay Area. They were touring here this spring, so we blew the roof off of Spangenberg by combining BOTH choirs! It was a great event and a great chance to practice our NYC repertoire in front of an audience before our Carnegie Hall concert.

 

 

 

Totally Gone with the Wind: The Gunn Choir/Staff Musical, benefiting the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund

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THANK YOU to everyone for joining our cast of nearly 200 for the 20th annual Gunn High School Choir/Staff musical! It was an unforgettable evening of rockin’ music and sublime satire in this original musical of unbalanced proportions.

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Designed to out-produce The Producers, Totally Gone with the Wind – presented two nights only – is the story of two lovable scoundrels who set out to create a Broadway flop by turning an American literary classic into a 1970’s musical disaster.

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All proceeds benefited the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance so that all choir students can participate in the concert tour to New York City in April.

The show was great fun and played to an enthusiastic audience on both nights. We could not have done it without you: our amazing Gunn community of students, parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors!!

Please check out more photos from the show — with Scarlett, Rhett, Elvis’, unscrupulous producers, and the rest of the crew — and you can also order DVDs of the show. We are very grateful for your support.

Chamber Singers Winter Concert

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THANK YOU to all those who came to see the winter concert. Fa la la and Happy Hanukkah and more! We kicked off our winter break with a sparkling Gunn Chamber Singers performance at Grace Lutheran in Palo Alto. It was a very festive evening of beautiful holiday songs. All proceeds from the concert went towards the scholarship fund for the Gunn Choir trip to New York City this spring.

Order Your Video of the Winter Concert
The winter concert on December 20, 2015 was really special! The concert was professionally videotaped and is being made ready right now. If you would like a recording of the concert, please click here to make a $10 donation via Paypal by pressing the “Donate” button and we will send you the link to the video when it is ready. All proceeds go toward scholarships to help all students go to New York in April 2016 to sing at Carnegie Hall.

A Colorful Fall Concert!

THANKS to all who attended the Gunn Choir Fall Concert on Sunday November 15. It was a great evening to remember! The concert was held at Spangenberg Theatre. It was one of the most exciting concerts of the year as our choirs took the stage in a program of culturally rich and diverse choral music from around the world. This wonderful concert featured the Concert Choir, the Treble Choir and the Chamber Singers.

 

Welcome to the 2015-2016 year!

Choir_2016-2016WELCOME to the 2015-16 Gunn High School Concert Choir! We are excited to begin a year with such a big, enthusiastic group.

Join us on Sunday, September 20th for our Choir Back to School Family Concert & Potluck. Kids need to arrive at 3:00 to warm up. Parents can drop off their food in front of the main office at 3:45 and the singing starts at 4:00 in the theatre. Bring your family and your favorite dish to share. Boosters are asking that it feed 15. There is no admission, so bring lots of family and enjoy hearing the great talent we have in our choirs this year.

It was All About Love!

AllAboutLoveTHANKS to everyone who attended A Musical Celebration featuring Michelle Jordan and the Gunn High School Choirs.

The Gunn Choirs joined forces with Bay Area singer Michelle Jordan for an unforgettable night celebrating the incredible, inspirational power of music and love. The audience was definitely feeling the love in this performance and tried to demand an encore! What an uplifting night!

A Heavenly Performance! Heavenly Bandstand: The Gunn Choir/Staff Musical – benefiting the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund

staffmusical_2015THANKS to everyone who came out to see this year’s choir/staff musical. Poodle skirts and hair creams, lively dancing and musical dreams. We did a doo wop down memory lane! The original musical extravaganza ‘Heavenly Bandstand’ was presented two nights only  and starred the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and dozens of our favorite Gunn staff. All proceeds benefited the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to families so that all choir students can participate in the concert tour to Italy in June. We all dug that crazy music, daddy-o!

A Wonderful Fall Concert!

fall_concertTHANK YOU to everyone who joined us at the Fall Concert on November 9th at Grace Lutheran Church. We had a wonderful afternoon, with music by Neil Ginsberg, Giancarlo Aquilante, William Byrd, Alessandro Scarlatti, Joan Szymko and more. The acoustics at Grace were wonderful and the concert was recorded. DVDs of the concert are just $10 and they make a fantastic holiday gift for extended family who might have missed this concert. If you forgot to fill out a request after the concert, email Bill about purchasing a DVD.

What a great concert to kick off the fall!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 year!

Mark your calendars for the annual choir kick-off concert & potluck on Sunday, September 21 at Gunn. We begin our year with a musical celebration for all the choir members and their families. We start at 4:00 in the Spangenberg Theatre with our first performance and celebrate afterwards with a wonderful potluck. It’s a great chance to hear the 2014-15 choirs for the first time and a chance to meet lots of other choir members and their families.

A Beautiful End to a Great Year!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us at the Spring Concert on May 22nd. What a beautiful evening, with music by Handel, Poulenc, Whitacre, Bardos, Stroope, Pentatonix, and more — and lots of solos by graduating seniors. It was the last concert of the year and our fond musical farewell to the Class of 2014.

We truly appreciate the support you give us all year long. Enjoy the summer, and we’ll see you in the fall!

Anaheim Heritage Choral Festival

We’re still in a warm afterglow from the Anaheim Heritage Choral Festival on April 12th. Congratulations to all three choirs (Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Chamber Singers) for receiving a Gold Rating, the highest level!

We were especially proud of our Treble Choir, which is a women’s choir of all 9th graders. To score so high at their first Festival was a great achievement. Concert Choir and Chamber Singers also received Adjudicator Awards, which are given to the highest scoring choirs at the Festival (95 or more points out of 100). Chamber Singers gave us a final thrill by taking home the prize as the First Place Chamber Choir. It was a fantastic event and a really wonderful weekend with great kids and great parent chaperones.

Alice Down the Healthcare Hole: A Musical Coma

CheshireMANY  THANKS to everyone who joined us at this year’s choir/staff musical, Alice Down the Healthcare Hole — a modern take on Lewis Carroll! Poor poor Alice. Mesmerized by a White Rabbit in a lab coat, wearing a stethoscope, she followed him right down a dark hole into the absurdities of a place called Healthcare Land!

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The show was great fun and played to an enthusiastic audience on both nights, February 5th and 6th. We could not have done it without you: our amazing Gunn community of students, parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors!!

Please check out more photos from the show — with Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee, Dodo Bird, Big Pharma, Alice and her cat, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Heart Surgeons, and the rest of the crew — and you can also order DVDs of the show. We are very grateful for your support.

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Our 2013 Winter Concert

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Thank you for joining us at the Winter Concert on December 12th! It was a beautiful evening celebrating the holidays of the season, in the warm and intimate environment of St. Mark’s Church in Palo Alto.

Please visit our Youtube playlist for videos from the evening.

June 2013 Tour in France and Spain

The Gunn Choir performed four spectacular concerts in Nice and Avignon, France, and Barcelona and Manresa, Spain, in early June 2013. We departed for Europe the day after school ended — what a way to end the school year and to send the seniors of 2013 off into the world! Performing choral music in the medieval cathedrals of Europe is a life-changing experience for high school students, and the choir truly rose to the occasion. It was a fantastic trip from beginning to end, one we will never forget. Please visit our Facebook page and Youtube playlist for highlights from the tour.