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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

In August 2023, the choir room was still undergoing construction. | Photo by Giljoon Lee

Deconstructing construction

Ten days before students returned to campus, the floor of the F building’s vocal music room was covered in bundles of Thermafiber insulation and piles of gypsum boards. The choir’s new practice rooms...

Low Key and Bella Voce join the other MVHS Choirs for the final song of the night, walking offstage to surround the audience.

MVHS choirs hold Festival Concert

Alyssa Yang March 19, 2023
Esperanza, Low Key, Bella Voce and Variations perform repertoire for upcoming concert at Gilroy Sings
Senior Eesha Mokkapati gets serenaded with roses

MVHS Choir holds its annual Valentine’s concert

Lily Jiang February 23, 2023
Choir members share their preparations for the annual Valentines Choir Concert
Passing Proposition 28

Passing Proposition 28

Aidan Ruan and Sophia Ma December 23, 2022

California Proposition 28, a measure designated to allocate funding for art programs across K-12 California public schools, was passed on Nov. 8 with 64.4% of voters in favor. Starting in 2023, the proposition...

Candy Cane Lane: According to Amy Young, this song, sang at choir’s Winter Concert on Dec. 16, was chosen since several students sang it in previous years, and wanted to bring back the songs positive feelings.

Planning performances

Brandon Xu December 20, 2022
Examining how the music department decides what songs to play in concerts
The symphonic band rehearses a piece of music a couple days after receiving it

From the music stand

Anushka De February 9, 2022
Listening in on how the symphonic band and Variations learn new pieces
Senior Claire Yang experiments with different types of art, from charcoal still lifes to digital drawings.

Choosing artistic and hands-on electives

Kalyani Puthenpurayil January 22, 2022
Exploring the creative courses that students take at MVHS
Singing Valentines: Quarantine Edition

Singing Valentines: Quarantine Edition

Vivian Jiang and Claire Wen February 14, 2021
MVHS Choir revises their Valentine’s Day tradition
Choir teacher and Music Department Lead Amy Young at her Graduate Conducting Recital, which she gave in October 2019 as part of her Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from SJSU.

A new voice

Michelle Chen and Krish Dev September 11, 2020
New choir teacher Amy Young adjusts to MVHS and online learning
MVHS 50th Anniversary Celebration

MVHS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Jai Uparkar September 25, 2019
Alumni and FUHSD board members reflect on the impact of MVHS on their lives
Letters that sing: Singing Valentines

Letters that sing: Singing Valentines

Rana Aghababazadeh and Justine Ha February 18, 2019

On Feb. 12, two days before Valentine’s Day, groups of  Bella Voce and Variations singers went classroom to classroom, performing various love songs to students for Singing Valentines. Students purchased...

MVHS Choir shines “On Broadway”

MVHS Choir shines “On Broadway”

ZaZu Lippert May 28, 2017
The MVHS Choir classes team up for a Broadway-themed concert special
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