School News Article April, 2011
The first two of three Festival of the Arts Concert Series were a great success due to the musicians, directors, and fundraising efforts of the FVEF. The first combined indoor Vocal Concert was hosted by director Kevin Tison in the FVHS gym. Over 400 students performed before a packed house. Mr. Tisonís Fountain Valley High School Concert Choir and the FVSD Middle School Singers opened the evening, inspiring the younger students with excellent performances along with exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists. Three hundred FVSD third grade singers, under the direction of Jon Lundgren and Lenny Graf, impressed the crowd as they sang the words and music to 12 songs from memory. The evening ended with a patriotic grand finale.
Young string musicians gathered the very next evening at Masuda Middle School for Orchestra Night. Principal Chris Mullen and Assistant Principal Patrick Ham hosted another wonderful concert in the multi-purpose room. The FVHS Strings impressed and the elementary and middle school students gave great performances under the direction of Jon Lundgren, Rudy Arevalos, and new director, Robert Covacevich.
FVEF board members and event volunteers worked very hard both nights selling food and opportunity tickets for gifts donated or solicited by Foundation members. Each of the schoolís PT units also donated baskets for the opportunity drawing. Over $3500 was raised at the two concerts. Due to district elimination of funding for music in the FVSD, all monies raised at the concerts will go to support these and other programs approved by the FVEF Board.
The final concert in the series will be held May 3rd in the FVHS gym. Hosted by the Fountain Valley Royal Regiment, the instrumental music show is a community event that is not to be missed.