Where We Are
NEWBURY PARK HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL MUSIC
The Newbury Park Concert Choir is a large, select mixed choir that learns and performs intermediate level choral music of varying styles throughout the school year. Performance venues are not only at Newbury Park High School, but also at other sites both locally and throughout the country. The NPHS Panther Chamber Singers meet during the 4th period block daily. It is an elite performing choir of 15-25 singers, chosen by audition from the ranks of the Concert Choir. The Chamber Singers perform throughout the year for school and local community events including the Candlelight Ceremony held every December at Disneyland. The NPHS Women’s Ensemble was established in 2010 and participates in all of the campus concerts and many of the festivals. In 2014, our program expanded to include Men’s Chorus. This choir also participates in all of the campus concerts and some additional festivals. Our newest group was formed in 2016. Advanced Women’s Ensemble performs intermediate to advanced choral music and participates in many of the same activities as the Panther Chamber Singers.
Most of our performance ensembles also sing in adjudicated festivals sponsored by the American Choral Director’s Association and the Southern California Vocal Association They have traveled to Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and New York with Heritage Festivals and usually rank in the top tier. They also visit landmark sites and attractions with plenty of fun during the festivals. Both the Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir consistently receive Gold ratings (90% or above) at this festival and Superior “A” ratings at the Southern California Vocal Association Festival every year.
JOHN K. SARGENT
Mr. Sargent is Choral Music Director at Newbury Park High School where he conducts the Concert Choir, Panther Chamber Singers, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Chorus and Advanced Women’s Ensemble. He also teaches Music Theory CP and Music Theory Advanced Placement.
John graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Music Degree in voice and music education where he sang in major opera productions and studied under the tutelage of John Alexander. At Littlerock High School in the Antelope Valley, he initiated a choral program from the ground up with an enrollment of over 120 singers in three choirs. From 1990-1993 he served as Assistant Conductor of the Antelope Valley Master Chorale at Antelope Valley College. John earned his Master of Music degree in choral conducting at California State University, Los Angeles, where he studied with Dr. William Belan and Donald Brinegar.