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Valley Christian Schools

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Band & Orchestra Parent Association

  • BOPA seeks to assist the directors in building student performance skills, developing music appreciation, and maintaining a high quality music department. BOPA organizes several fundraisers throughout the year to provide financial assistance to the music programs. Funds are used to purchase musical instruments, performance clothes, and equipment not covered in the school budget.

    BOPA relies on parent support to fulfill its mission. Parents are encouraged to help organize and coordinate the events, provide staff for the events, and participate in the fundraisers. BOPA is open to anyone interested in the music program. Monthly BOPA meetings are held at the High School on the first Monday of the month at 7:30pm. Watch the Crusader Weekly for exact dates and times.  Contact us at BOPA@vcschools.org.

    Christmas Concert Program & Ad Book

    Advertise your business or send a message to your favorite instrumental students or staff in the Band and Orchestra Program & Ad Book! It will be distributed at all instrumental christmas concerts. VCHS students will keep half of their sales for their upcoming band trip, and VCMS students can get a head start on earning for future trips! Submissions are due by Friday, 11/18. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Kooi at jenn.kooi@yahoo.com or 562/867-7663, or Ryanne Gavrila at rygavrila@gmail.com or 562/889-5230.

    Download the Ad Book Order Form here.

    How can YOU help?

    BOPA is currently seeking people to staff the 2016-2017 School Year and beyond.  We have MANY vacant positions at this time, and BOPA is at risk of reducing its events to the bare minimum unless new volunteers step forward.  Please contact Ginger DeVries, Suzanne Shelton, Carolyn Kamstra, or Joanna Hoekstra if you would be willing to serve, or complete the form at: http://www.vcschools.org/volunteer-BOPA

    What specific areas need new leaders? 

    President – Leads monthly meetings, co-chairs Soup and Pie Dinner

    Vice President – Assists president, co-chairs Soup and Pie Dinner

    *Chair, Performance Clothes – Issue tuxedos to students in fall, accept returns in spring

    *Chair, Snack Bars for concerts and Fine Arts Festival – Solicit food donations for Fall, Christmas Jazz, and Swinging The Night Away concerts, organize and operate snack bar at spring Fine Arts Festival

    Chair, Poinsettia Sale –Collect order forms, accept delivery and distribute plants (November)

    Chair, Popcorn Sale – Collect order forms, accept delivery and distribute popcorn (January)

    *Chair, Swinging the Night Away – Solicit prizes, organize raffle (May)

    *HS Band & Orchestra Trip Organizing team – Plan biannual trip travel and food details, coordinate chaperones, track trip payments and expenses

    *Two volunteers desired

    Musical Directors

    Sarah Connell, VCMS and VCES Orchestra sconnell@vcschools.org

    Eric Kooi, VCMS Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, VCES Band ekooi@vcschools.org 

    Mary Struckmeier, VCHS Crusader Band, Beginning Jazz Band mstruckmeier@vcschools.org

    Nathan Board, VCHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Orchestra nboard@vcschools.org

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