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April 7, 2004
Mark R. Madler While rehearsing in a Broadway dance studio in New York City, the Burbank High School show choirs received some visitors -- singers from Broadway productions who thought a rival show was practicing. Told they were hearing high school students, the singers were "blown away," Burbank director Brett Carroll said. "They couldn't believe it [was high school students]," Carroll said. Those Broadway professionals learned what the judges in the Fame Show Choir America competition were to find out March 27 -- that the Burbank school's In Sync and Impressions choirs are the tops.
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NEWS
June 28, 2003
Daniel Vargas and Alex Lenarsky were the only two Burbank students selected to participate in the 2003 California All-State Honor Choir. Daniel and Alex are from John Burroughs High School where they sing in the Chamber Choir/Powerhouse and Vocal Ensemble choirs under the direction of Mary Rago. More than 1,800 high school students in the state auditioned and only 300 choral singers were selected based on musical and vocal skills. They learned a challenging repertoire for a recent performance that took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | November 19, 2013
It was a magical mix - more than 160 talented young singers and musicians, a dedicated director, committed parents, supportive family members, friends and alumni and an eclectic mix of pop, rock and show tunes. Those elements came together and it made for quite a night - as the Burbank High School's Vocal Music Assn. staged its 17th annual “Night of Magic” fundraiser at Pickwick Gardens this past week. Beginning with a spectacular silent auction featuring more than 200 gift baskets, the event included dinner and a live auction conducted by auctioneer Bruce Osgood.
FEATURES
By Veronica Rocha | January 25, 2009
Singing is 17-year-old Jacklyn Ontiveros’ passion, and on Saturday, she and 177 other Burbank High School students got a chance to sing and dance with their show choirs on stage at the campus’ performing arts center. Jacklyn is a member of one of four Burbank High choirs, which range from intermediate to advanced, and performs with the advanced boys and girls group called Insync. Jacklyn was in a car accident two weeks ago and broke her left hand, but she wouldn’t let her injury stop her from performing with her group Saturday.
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By Veronica Rocha | January 28, 2009
Singing is 17-year-old Jacklyn Ontiveros’ passion, and on Saturday, she and 177 other Burbank High School students got a chance to sing and dance on stage at the campus’ performing arts center. Jacklyn is a member of one of four Burbank High choirs, which range from intermediate to advanced, and performs with the advanced boys and girls group called Insync. Jacklyn was in a car accident two weeks ago and broke her left hand, but she wouldn’t let her injury stop her from performing with her group.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | August 8, 2007
Nearly 60 students in Burbank's summer Showcamp sang and sauntered around on stage in Burbank High School's auditorium Friday afternoon. Costumed in animal-print outfits and yellow-spotted dresses, the Whos and Citizens of the jungle Nool sang back and forth from either side of the stage while they practiced for the camp's production of "Seussical the Musical." "It's the biggest show we have ever done in every aspect as far as cast, set," Showcamp director Darrell Bishop said.
NEWS
May 14, 2005
Rosette Gonzales Girls in the Decibelles belted out Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" with such vocal power that a front-row audience would have been knocked out of their seats. That's how vocal director Mary Rago hopes all her students sing at John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Assn.'s spring concert Friday. But this was just a class rehearsal. Students in the Decibelles, Sound Waves, Muses, Vocal Ensemble, Madrigals and Chamber choirs have a week before what Rago dubs their final exam.
NEWS
July 12, 2003
Charity League Ticktockers honored Thirteen Ticktockers of National Charity League, Burbank Chapter were recognized for six years of community service during the annual Senior Presentation at the Hilton Glendale. They donated more than 8,600 hours of their time to local organizations including the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, YMCA Child Care Center, Burbank Center for the Retarded, Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital, American Red Cross and Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.
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By Rachel Kane | September 8, 2007
A reunion will take place on the John Burroughs High School auditorium stage tonight. More than 120 alumni from 27 years of Burroughs choir Pop Show performances have come back to honor their teacher, Mary Rago, the choir’s director during that time. “I don’t know if this is everybody,” said Laraine Herman, publicity chairperson for the school’s Vocal Music Assn. A large group of the alumni performers were settling in at the choir room on campus for Wednesday night’s rehearsal of their show.
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