Foothill Music Academy’s annual Spring Recital, held April 19 at Open Bible Church in Tujunga, was its most successful event to date. Thirty-four student performers from the Sunland-Tujunga area, as well as from neighboring La Crescenta, attended the much-anticipated concert along with their friends and family. Ranging in age from 3 to 35, the school’s talented performers played to a packed house and received raving applause. A great mix of musical instruments including piano, violin, guitar, drums and flute, along with several vocal performances, made for a memorable production.
While all the performances were great, some notable performers to mention are: Edward Vu, who has been taking piano lessons for three years and didn’t hesitate to show the audience how far he has come as a young pianist. He performed very well and with such confidence. Young Chase Gaither did not hold back, either, while performing on piano and singing at the same time to the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which the crowd loved.
Natalie Dominguez, on piano, played “Imperial March” from the Star Wars soundtrack –– all the while donning a black Darth Vader cape, which was a nice touch.
James Street, on drums, performed “Let It Be.” Sebastian Bedrossian, who performed “Crazy Train,” by Ozzy Osborne, was also on drums. Both were great rock performances that the crowd really got into.
A few notable vocal performances to mention came from Ashley Thatcher, who showed great improvement as a vocalist by singing Adele’s “Skyfall.” Twins Dominique and Isabella Rocha sang Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” and the Bruno Mars’ hit “Grenade,” and both impressed the audience with their wonderful vocal tones.
The show was closed by Jennifer Thompson who is a regular performer at the school’s recitals and for good reason. Jennifer is one of those rare talents who has an amazing tone to her voice and is just always on pitch with her powerful voice. She performed Laura Shigihara’s “Everything is Alright” to a dead silent audience who was simply speechless and moved by her voice.
In addition to the wonderful performances, the school handed out trophies, gift cards, cash and special certificates to the top students at the school who week in and week out are dedicated and consistently practice in order to improve their musical ability.
First place was won by Elijah Zuniga. In a close second was Amina Wright. Third place was tied between Natalie Dominguez and Edward Vu.
The recital was a huge success because our young kids are learning great life skills and are increasing their confidence and knowledge. Foothills Music Academy gives them an opportunity and a venue to be acknowledged for their hard work, which is great for our community.
Foothills Music Academy offers music lessons to anyone in our community, no matter their age, in just about any popular instrument. The school can be contacted at 818-248-4848.
Free introductory lessons are offered to anyone interested in taking music lessons. Visit the school’s website at foothillsmusicacademy.net for more information.
There are schools located in Sunland and La Crescenta.