Community Arts Roundtable

During the 2018-2019 school year, Capistrano Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department will once gain host the Community Arts Roundtable.  Meetings are held at Capistrano Unified School District offices and are held from 9:30-11:00am.

Parents of VAPA students as well as community arts partners, and those interested in the arts are welcome to attend.

To RSVP or for questions, email

SJHHS Choir to Receive Community Grant

San Juan Hills High School choir director, Michael Ushino, is elated this week, as he has become the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Orange County Community Foundation for the SJHHS choir program. As he has continued to grow the choral music program in the past couple of years, Ushino realized a greater need for training to enhance the musical learning of his students. Private voice lessons are expensive, so he came up with the idea of helping students by hiring vocal coaches and subsidizing the cost for the choral students. Last year, Ushino started a Vocal Music Scholarship in the program in order to help his students with financial need get voice lessons that they can afford. However, funds were limited, so he began writing grant requests to local organizations to try to find additional funding.

Last week, Ushino was contacted by the Orange County Community Foundation and was told that the choir was given a $5,000 grant funded by the Robert and Doreen Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music. This particular fund supports opera, choral, and symphonic performances, dramatic arts performance groups, and arts education. The choir will be able to use the grant to help cover the cost of voice lessons for students who wish to extend their learning and work on perfecting their craft outside the classroom. Ushino is really excited for the opportunity to help his students learn and grow while making great music!

Tesoro High School Director wins GRAMMY Award!

Music teacher Keith Hancock teaches a class at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. on Friday, January 13, 2017. Hancock was named a national finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year award which will be announced in February. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A huge congratulations to Tesoro High School Vocal Arts Director, Keith Hancock for being awarded the 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award. Mr. Hancock was selected from over 3,500 applicants for this years award! This is a wonderful honor for Mr. Hancock and is a testament to his wonderful teaching and relationships he has built with his students. BRAVO Mr. Hancock!!
To read more about Mr. Hancock, you can read the Orange County Register article found HERE.
To watch the CBS announcement of Mr. Hancock receiving the GRAMMY, you can watch HERE.