Christine Tavares-Mocha serves as the choral director at Valencia High School in Valencia, California and has for the last 17 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. In 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 five loves outside of her music are her husband Scott, sons Jackson and Cole and her beloved poodle and labradoodle Jack and Baxter!
Sponsorship and advertising is a great way for choir students to raise funds. If you are interested in Valencia Choir's Sponsorship & Advertisement Program see our Fundraising page. You can work over the summer finding sponsors that want to advertise in our concert programs for the 2020-2021 season. 80% of all money collected go to the student's individual account.
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