Music – Muse VIVO 2021-22


Greetings Perspective VIVO Students and Community:

The music plays on as we mark the 10th anniversary of the MUSE VIVO Orchestra in this 2021-22 season.  We carry on the legacy of Maestro Michael Morgan, putting the “WE” in the orchestra world.
Through the partnership of Oakland Symphony MUSE and Oakland Unified Music, we are aiming towards an IN PERSON MUSE VIVO season as we support building strong, vibrant, enduring strings throughout Oakland. Invite your friends to participate in this tuition free after school program for secondary string students, it will be a great season which begins on Thursday November 4th and runs weekly through March 2022.   
More info:
As always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
We are here to share that music makes the world a better place.
Register TODAY!
Beth Vandervennet
pronouns: she/her
Lead Teaching Artist MUSE Mentor & Cellist
1440 Broadway, Suite 405 
Oakland, CA  94612
Main Office Tel: (510) 444-0801
Cell: (510) 301-2267

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Drama – Please welcome Ms. Colleen Egan

We would like to welcome our Performing Arts new Theater faculty member., Ms. Colleen Egan. 

Ms.  Egan is a Bay Area native and has  worked as an actor and director in the San Francisco area before transitioning into a full time teaching career. Ms. Egan taught Drama, Literature, and Special Education at Leadership Public Schools- Hayward for five years before joining the amazing Tech community. Ms. Egan holds a BA in Drama from Seattle University and a M.Ed in Urban Education from Holy Names University. She has an (almost) two year old son named Owen.

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Music – Tech Mentors at OUSD String Camp 2021

String Camp 2021

The staff, students and families that participated in the first ever OUSD String Camp (July 6th-16th) want to thank all the HS mentors from Oakland Technical High School. You were of great help and support.

We look forward to coming back next Summer, and for Oakland Tech musicians to join us again to mentor new and returning students for the Summer of 2022.

Thank you Oakland Tech  musicians!

Double Violin Concerto in D – JS Bach

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Drama – A Comedy of Errors

Come and support our students in a pandemic-adaptation of :


A Comedy of Errors

Where:   We will present this version on our Performing Arts YouTube channel 

When:  We’ll have live-simulcasts on Friday May 28 at 7:00PM       AND      Saturday May 29 at 7PM

We hope you can join us!

Note: Our performance intakes this year have been non-existent due to the pandemic. If you can please provide a donation in any amount to help us provide the for next year and keep the performing arts alive and thriving for our students for next and future years to come. Thank you.


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Oakland Tech is committed to our work on increasing equity, expanding Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and augmenting the voices of our scholars.
Beginning in February, the OUSD Equity Team, Black Student Union and Community School Partners are hosting an Art and Writing Competition.

Please use these application links:



ALL applications will be accepted.

There will be a 1st ($100), 2nd ($75) and 3rd ($50) place prize per grade level.

Opportunities – Student Voices

The Student Voices Campaign utilizes the power of arts education to amplify student voice, encouraging school and community leaders to take students’ perspective into consideration when making decisions that affect students.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the Student Voices Campaign invites California public school students to submit works of art from across all arts disciplines that address important community issues and respond to the question: How Will You Use Your Creativity to Impact Your School and Community?

Students deserve equitable access to a well-rounded education with full access to the arts as mandated by California law. They also deserve a seat at the table when it comes to conversations that affect them and the earlier youth are civically engaged, the stronger their commitment to our democracy will be.
Please join us on Nov.19th for the 2020-2021 Student Voices Campaign launch webinar to learn more about the campaign and how you can support youth voice in your community.

To Register follow this link:

Music – Students collaborate for new Jazz piece.

 Tech students – Benjamin Ard, Malcolm Best, Kazeem Elebute, Grace Gulli, Johnny Kaster, Danny Le, Melak Makonnen, Zoe Rhodes King, Jorianna Riester Graham, Jack Riley and Brandon Wong  – members of the Jazz Ensemble OEASE – formed by high school aged jazz musicians in Oakland  have collaborated for a piece called: “Freedom of Speech”

This collaboration between the Oakland Eastside All Star Ensemble and Oakland-based Hip Hop artist JAHI. OEASE  was created with the support of SFJazz and Generations in Jazz Foundation. Special thanks to video editor Jean Black of Black Camera Productions and audio engineer, Mike Aaberg. This project speaks to the urgency of addressing racial equality and the systemic problems embedded in American society. These young musicians use their song and spirit to fight for what needs to change in our world.

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