Christine Tavares-Mocha

Christine Tavares-Mocha serves as the choral director at Valencia High School in Valencia, California and has for the last 16 years. She directs 200 students in 6 internationally touring choirs including two vocal jazz ensembles. Under her direction the Valencia Vocal Jazz Ensemble, “2 n 4” has received a total of 9 DownBeat Awards, including the 2018 Winner of "Top High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble." For multiple years, Valencia H.S. Vocal Jazz Ensemble has been selected as one of two high school ensembles in the nation to perform at The Monterey Jazz Festival and JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference. Educationally, she serves as the Vocal Jazz Representative for the Southern Calif. Vocal Association, where she founded the SCVA Vocal Jazz / Contemporary A Cappella Honor Choir in 2018 and runs the annual SCVA Vocal Jazz / A Cappella Festival showcasing 16 high school choirs and a featured artist. Last year (2018) she was honored to co-teach with Jennifer Barnes at UNT the vocal jazz teacher intensive on the importance of team building in a high school vocal jazz program (a subject she cares deeply about.) Nominated for a BRAVO award, awarded Teacher of the Year and selected as Santa Clarita's 40 Under 4O distinguished members, Christine also was the National Harmony A-cappella Sweepstakes Winner / Best Performer (2007) with Moira Smiley and Voco, touring internationally for 6 years on the Americana Folk circuit, and with the vocal jazz ensemble “Down for the Count.” A deep love for jazz standards and jump swing, Christine has sung in multiple big bands including “The Viper Six” and has 20 years experience of singing and leading on the bandstand. She enjoys collaborating with arrangers and songwriters. Her newest album “Baby, it’s Good to Be Yours” (2018) features jazz influenced songs inspired by the old standards written by John Morell. Notable performances include singing back up for Ben Folds, Judy Collins, Kevin Mahogany, Michael Feinstein and being an alumni of the The Young Americans. Christine is honored to teach public high school students and is filled with gratitude that she can teach music every day. Her four loves outside of her music are her husband Scott, Son Jackson, newest baby Son Cole and her beloved poodle and labradoodle Jack and Baxter!

 

 

 

 


 


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Volunteers & Chaperones

The Valencia High School Choir Program is always in need of volunteers and chaperones throughout the year.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Mrs. Mocha at cmocha@hartdistrict.org or our CPA President Lisa Borchart at valenciavikingschoir@gmail.com.  If you are interested in chaperoning choir trips, please see the Hart District Clearance information on our Forms page.

PROGRAM ADS ON SALE NOW!!

Selling programs ads for our fall, winter, and spring programs is a great way for students to fundraise.  80% of all money collected is credited to the student's individual account.  For more information go to our Program Ads page under Fundraising.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 8
    Vocal Jazz - Cuesta Vocal Jazz Festival, 
     
  • Mar 19
    March 19-20 San Luis Obispo Mini Tour Treble Vocal Ensemble and Concert Choir, 
     

IN RECENT NEWS...

 

Congratulations to VHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2n4!!  They took 1st place at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival for the second year in a row and will be returning in September to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival!!

 

 

Congratulations to Valencia High School Vocal Jazz Ensembles 2 n' 4 and Soundwaves!!  They were both selected to compete as finalists in the 2019 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. 

VHS Choirs Mini Tour to San Luis Obispo!!!  3 busses, 147 students, 2 choirs, 15 chaperones, and 1 incredible choir director!!  What an amazing trip!!!

 

Honored and excited to have the Valencia High School Choirs - Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2n4 invited to perform at the 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in June!!!

Valencia High School Performances

VHS 2'N4 - NORTHWEST PASSAGE 2018 CUESTA JAZZ FESTIVAL VHS SOUNDWAVES - CAFE 2018 CUESTA JAZZ FESTIVAL VHS CONCERT CHOIR 2018 FALL CONCERT - NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS VHS TREBLE CHOIR 2018 FALL CONCERT - TIME WARP VHS MIXED CHOIR 2018 FALL CONCERT - MONSTER MASH CHAMBER CHOIR 2017 A CAPPELLA PERFORMANCE VALENCIA CHOIR AT PEARL HARBOR 2017