ABOUT THE NEWBURY PARK HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL PROGRAM
The Newbury Park High School Choral Program is one of the finest high school choral programs in the region. Our high school campus is within the city of Thousand Oaks and in eastern Ventura County, and is part of the Conejo Valley Unified School District.
Our students dedicate their talent, commitment, and responsibility to create memorable musical experiences and award-winning performances. Members of this program not only have the opportunity to learn many advanced vocal skills, but will also embark upon a rewarding and exciting performance experience. Commitment is what will make our choir a success each time we venture out to represent our school and ourselves.
Vocal performances from our groups are enjoyed on the NPHS campus, our in the community, and across the country. Each year, the choir embarks on a Spring Tour that requires an overnight stay and extended travel for educational purposes and academic enrichment. Our classes are unique because they are performing groups, academic classes, and co-curricular activities, all in one.
No student will be denied full participation because they do not contribute financially to the program, nor must they purchase personal items. All we ask for is 100% of our students' dedication and participation throughout the year. In exchange, we promise skills and experiences that will last a lifetime.
John K Sargent, Choral Music Director
Mr. Sargent is Choral Music Director at Newbury Park High School, where he conducts the Concert Choir, Advanced Treble Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and the Black and Gold Singers. He also teaches Introduction to Guitar.
John graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Music Degree in voice and music education. While there, 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, and from 2000-2003, 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. Also known affectionately as “Sarge,” this is his 19th year teaching at Newbury Park High School.
Zachary Spencer, Accompanist
Dr. Zachary Spencer is a director, musical director and accompanist with over 50 years of music experience performing and staging opera, musical theatre and concerts. He's been a familiar face at the CRPD's Young Artists Ensemble for 30 years, and the musical director and conductor for Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company since it's founding well over a decade ago.
Zach is a 53-year member of the Conejo Players, recipient of 20 Harlequin awards, and an Honorary Life Member. He’s directed a half dozen shows here, and has been involved in well over 50 shows at CPT in various capacities.
Locally he's also performed with Camarillo Community Theatre, Cabrillo Music Theatre, The Moorpark Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. (as the original Resident Musical Director), Buena Park Civic Theatre, Theatre on High Street, The Madrid Theatre, and many others.
He toured with the professional barbershop quartet Artistic Differences for four years. He also conducted the children's chorus for the "A Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas" album for Immergent Records.
He also produced and performed on the album, Hello, Come On In! for Rockabilly Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Sonny Flaharty.
He sends his love to his wonderful wife, Brynn.
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