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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

Students share their experience with three traditional instruments — the tabla, pipa and mridangam.

Playing traditional music

Nameek Chowdhury, Krish Dev, and Minjae Kang May 31, 2023

Madelyn Wu (pipa) When junior Madelyn Wu first joined an orchestra, she wanted to play the guzheng, a Chinese instrument with strings strung between two bridges. However, Wu’s orchestra didn’t have...

Senior Aris Yang (left) practices his part before the Fall band concert on Oct. 28, 2022.

Performing with perfect pitch

Megha Mummaneni April 24, 2023
Exploring life through the ears of a high school musician with perfect pitch
Striking a chord in the heart

Striking a chord in the heart

Jason Chu, Staff Writer April 12, 2023
How playing guitar changed my life
The 1968 art horror film Hour of the Wolf explores the nature of dark thoughts intruding on ordinary life.

Drawing a line between art and suffering

Jami Lim March 20, 2023
Understanding the role of dark themes in entertainment and mental health
Im Going Viral!

I’m Going Viral!

Jiya Singh March 1, 2023
Understanding TikTok’s effect on music and media’s popularity
Many concerts include pits, areas where attendees can stand close to the stage and experience their favorite artists up close.

In the pit

Jiya Singh December 23, 2022
Amplifying the stories of the MVHS community at concerts
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
61,404,621 minutes

61,404,621 minutes

Jami Lim and Darpan Singh December 17, 2022
Exploring the listening habits of the MVHS community
Senior Iona Xia performs the Ruan at a senior center. Photo courtesy of Iona Xia | Used with permission

For the community

Melody Cui and Vincent Zhao December 16, 2022
MVHS students share about the community service that they do outside of school
Rapper Ye has recently come under fire for a series of controversial tweets and statements.

To Ye or not to Ye

Sameer Maheshwari, Gauri Manoj, and Darpan Singh December 16, 2022
Examining Ye’s anti-semitism and what it means to be a fan
Senior Clay Carson sits among his peers in the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestras performance.

Behind the notes

Megha Mummaneni November 4, 2022

Photo courtesy of Clay Carson | Used with permission Megha Mummaneni · Behind the notes As junior Noah Vin enters the Los Altos church, he sets down his cello case and gets ready to warm up....

String Orchestra students perform symphonies at the Fall Concert which took place Oct 28.

MVHS Band and Orchestra capture Halloween spirit in its Fall Concert

Samika Bhatkar October 31, 2022

The MVHS Band and Orchestra hosted its first concert of the year in the school’s auditorium on Friday, Oct. 28. The Fall Concert titled “Incantations and Dances” was performed by four instrumental...

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