Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
As James 1:17 says, every gift we have is a gift from the Lord, and this includes the gift of music. At Crean Lutheran High School, we use our gifts joyfully as a response to the gift he first gave us: His Son Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins! The Crean Lutheran campus is alive with the sounds of three choirs, three instrumental ensembles, and multiple student-led praise and worship teams. Over 200 student musicians have dedicated their time at Crean Lutheran to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to Orange County and beyond!
All students are invited to audition for one or more of our CLHS Music Ensembles.
CLHS Music Ensembles
Orchestra (Honors Orchestra)
The CLHS Orchestra is a full-scale, auditioned ensemble that performs all genres of orchestral literature. This group performs for all major concerts and events, both on and off campus. A String Quartet is also assembled from Honors Orchestra.
All students with instrumental experience are invited to apply (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion)
Jazz Band (Honors Jazz Band)
The Jazz Band is an auditioned “Big Band” style ensemble. We play traditional big band swing, as well as latin, afro-cuban, funk, and rock.
Traditional jazz band instrumentation is used (piano, bass, drums, sax, trombones, trumpets), but all instruments are welcome to audition!
This ensemble mirrors the instrumentation of the historic Marching Band or Field Band. Using Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion, students will perform a vast amount of repertoire that ranges from arrangements of Baroque and Classical music, to Modern music and Rock music.
All students may audition from this ensemble although all skill-levels are welcome!
This ensemble uses all types of percussion instruments to create music and have fun. From xylophones to snare drums, and shakers to hi-hats, students will learn to read, play, improvise, and compose for all things percussion.
The only requirement for this ensemble is a willingness to learn!
Concert Handbells is a non-auditioned handbell ensemble comprised of 6-12 ringers. The ensemble performs at most major concerts throughout the year, and takes part in annual festivals. The repertoire played in this ensemble follows many styles and typically fits within a 2-4 octave range of bells.
All are encouraged join!
Concert Choir (Honors Concert Choir)
The Concert Choir is an auditioned, 52 member SATB mixed choir. The flagship vocal ensemble at CLHS, the choir performs at all major concerts both on and off campus. The choir also tours annually across California and the nation.
All students are invited to audition.
Chamber Choir (Honors)
The Chamber Choir is a 16 voice select SATB choir, auditioned from the Concert Choir. This group travels often around Orange County, singing multiple times throughout the year as ambassadors for Crean Lutheran High School.
If there are open spots, auditions take place at the beginning of each school year.
Women’s Chorus is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble, available to all women on campus. They will perform for all major concerts.
No audition is required!
Praise Bands and Worship Teams
Praise Bands at CLHS are taught by Mr. Dawson and supervised by Pastor Tim Unke. It is our desire to have students lead the school in song during chapel services.
If you are interested in assisting in worship through music, please contact Mr. Dawson at email@example.com