Music – Muse VIVO! Final Rehearsal

During this time of social separation for the good of the community, many future performances have been cancelled across the school district and this affected our students participating in Muse VIVO! Their March 24th forthcoming final concert was also cancelled.

So, on March 12th, they came to gether at their thrusday afternoon for one last rehearsal. We captured them performing for eachother and in making music together perhaps provide some solice in music in a time of great uncertainty.

We want to thank Ms. Beth Vanervennet, Ms. Stephanie Holmes, and Ms. Linda Green our stalwath leaders for providing this year’s musical selections that have elevated our students’ musical skills, self confidence and leadership yet again, and for their continued support and enrichment of our music students accross the the district.

To next year!

Please enjoy the videos captured at the links below:

Florence Price – String Quartet 2nd Mvt.

Brahms – Serenade No 1 in D, Mvt 5- Scherzo Allegro (see below for shortcut)

Georg Philip Telemann – Viola Concerto in G, Mvt. 3 -Andante

Soon See Newbold – Orion and the scorpion



Techies – Help needed for set construction.

Where: Tech Auditorium
When: 4/14 from 10AM to 4PM
This Saturday, Mr. Fern will be working in the Auditorium to get the space in better shape and to help direct construction for the upcoming drama production (April).
If you have some time to spare this Saturday to lend a hand, the students of the Performing Arts would be really grateful, and the Techies would be excited to have you join the construction team.
Work will start at 10am 
The next community work day will be April 4. (Yes, during spring break!)
Wishing you all the best.
Casey Fern.

Music – Music Department Fundraiser – POSTPONED


MARCH 11, 2020

According to a directive issued by the district this afternoon there cannot be any off-site fundraising events until after spring break. Because of this we will have to postpone our event at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle that was scheduled for Friday, March 13. 

We hope to reschedule the event in late April or May. All tickets sold so far will be honored at that time. If we are not able to reschedule, we will refund patrons for tickets already purchased. 

Ted Allen

Music teacher
Oakland Technical High School

The music department’s annual fundraising event is quickly approaching on 3/13, please join us. This year we want to provide support for our future and the expansion of the program,  and in that vain are  raising money for new music storage lockers. Please consider joining us in supporting the performing arts at Tech, and in particular the Music Department.

You can also contribute to our fundraising efforts at this GoFundMe campaign.

Music – Orchestra Festival 03/04

On March 04, the OUSD Orchestra Festival took place at Roosevelt Middle School. Nine schools, six choirs over 400 student musicians from both High Schools and Middle Schools across the district participated at the festival. After a pre-performance rehearsal of the all-student pieces, under the baton of Maestro Michael Morgan of the Oakland Symphony, the students were provided with dinner.

The Oakland Tech orchestra, this year 30 musicians strong, performed the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe, arranged by Douglas E. Wagner. We also have several musicians that joined the MUSE VIVO Orchestra for their rendition of Hungarian Dances of Bela Bartock. And, finally, our musicians joined the the OUSD Grand Orchestra and Choirs for a beautiful rendition of Glory – arranged by Mr. Allen – and, Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

We want to thank Roosevelt MS for, once again hosting our schools for this yearly festival and showcase our students’ talents; Maestro Morgan and the Oakland Symphony for supporting music education in OUSD; The VIVO orchestra mentors; Mr. Allen for working with our students and re-establishing a strong and thriving music program at Tech, and all the parents that support our music programs throughout the district and at Oakland Tech.

Please enjoy the videos at the following links.

Grand Canyon Suite
On A Clear Day
Hungarian Dances (Muse Vivo)
Finale Glory (see shortcut below)
Finale 9th – Ode to Joy (see shortcut below)

Techies – Black to the Future 2/21

On Friday, February 21st, our Techies crew provided a great production support for the Dance Department’s Black History Month presentation Black to the Future. We want to the the crews that have held and supported during weeks of rehearsal prior to the performance on 2/21. During the performance they are the people power behind stage management, props, lighting and video recording. The Techies group are led by Mr. Casey Fern.

Thank you!!

Dance – Black to the Future 2/21

On Friday, February 21, the Dance department brought to the stage a collection of dances, fashion and art celebrating the African American experience during Black History Month. We want to thank FADA for their  art and fashion pieces provided in collaboration for this event.

The evening was generously supported by parents and the PTSA, including parent volunteers that provided food and drink for the evening. The show was well attended the audience was enthusiastic and and very supportive of our student dancers.  We want to thank our  Africa We Dance for providing the music, our Oakland Tech Techies, and Ms. Travick for her continued guidance in our Dance Department. 

Please enjoy videos from the evening at the links below:
Introduction and Fashion Show
New Human (see below)
Africa We Dance
Great Migration
Grandma’s Hands    (see below)
Greta Speech
Guest Artist Hip Hop Group
AfroPunk slide show
Made for Nor


Music – OUSD Jazz Festival 2020


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On February 4, the OUSD Jazz Festival was welcomed at the Oakland Tech HS Auditorium along with jazz bands from Claremont, Roosevelt, Bret Harte, Edna Brewer and Montera Middle Schools, and the Oakland, Skyline and Tech High Schools. Additionally numbers were performed by the Laney College Big Band and the Oakland East Side All Stars jazz ensembles.

The evening was full of music and well attended. We want to thank our OUSD music programs’ and Oakland Tech music supporters, and Mr. Allen for leading our musicians in a great performance. We also want to extend a great big thank you to our Tech Techies for providing stage, sound and lighting direction and management throughout the event.

Here for your enjoyment videos of Oakland Tech’s Jazz Ensemble:
First Circle
OUSD Very Big Band


Music – Folsom Jazz Festival 2020

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the student musicians from four Oakland bands travelled to Folsom High School for the 31st Annual Folsom Jazz Festival. The groups participating included the Edna Brewer Jazz Band and the Oakland East Side All Star Ensemble, both under the direction of Mr. Zachary Pitt-Smith; the Oakland Technical High School Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. Ted Allen and the student-directed Oakland Tech Monday Combo. Three out of the four Oakland bands received unanimous Superior ratings (or 1s) from their adjudicators’ panels.

The Folsom Jazz Festival is highly competitive venue. The Competition routinely attracts some of the top bands in the state such as Northgate H.S. (Walnut Creek,) Berkeley H.S., Downey H.S. and Rio Americano in Sacramento.

1st Piece: Wiggle Walk by Benny Golson
2nd Piece: Desert Flower by David P. Jones
3rd Piece: 4 on 6 by Wes Montgomery

Music – Winter Concert 2019

On Thursday, December 5th, the Music Department performed the Winter Concert. Thank you to all the families and community that came to listen and support. It was a great evening with performances from the Orchestra, Guitar Class, the combined choirs of Oakland Tech and Skyline HS, and the Jazz band. The evening ended with a rousing  Stevie Wonder finale, a preview of You Are the Sunshine of My Life, our theme for the Music Fundraiser on March 13th.

We want to thank a number of groups that have made the evening such a success, and they are :

  • The Oakland Techies for the behind-the-scene stage support, lighting, sound and video recordings. Thank you!
  • Ms. Deborah Green’s class for art and video. Thank you!
  • A big shout out to all the parents that volunteered in providing and manning the  food tables for our students and families, and handling ticket sales. Thank you!
  • Our professional mentors: Andy Butler (bass), Areetha Cooper (Choir), Kasey Knudsen (Sax), Emanuela Nikiforova (violin), Isaac Schwartz (drums) Sara Usher of the HOUSE program (strings). Thank you!
  • Our community Sponsors: Grammy Museum Foundation, Distaff Singers, Ruth Stroup- Farmers Insurance, and David Higgins CUSH Real Estate. Thank you!

Please enjoy videos of the performances at the following links: 

Magic Flute Overture
Shackleford Banks
Forge of Vulcan
Guitar Class:
Nothing Else Matters
Combined Choirs:
Carol of the Bells
Make You Feel My Love
Winter Song
Jazz Band:
Wiggle Walk
I Hope in Time a Change Will Come
Four on Six
You Are the Sunshine of My Life