The mission of the choir program at American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North is to educate students to become high quality choral musicians who love their craft and appreciate its value in society, who strive for the highest level of performance quality, and who feel the power of positive community through music.
- Quarter 1 Concert: 9/30/2020
- Quarter 2 Concert: 12/9/2020
- Quarter 3 Concert: 3/9/2021
- Quarter 4 Concert: 5/11/2021
2020/2021 Course Offerings:
- Junior High Beginning Mixed Choir (JH Choir I)
- Junior High Advanced Women’s Choir (JH Choir II)
- Junior High Men's Choir (JH Choir I)
- High School Beginning Women’s Choir (HS Choir I)
- High School Intermediate Mixed Chorale (HS Choir II)
- High School Advanced Vocal Ensemble (HS Choir III)
- High School Jazz Choir (HS Jazz Choir III)
Meet Gilbert North 7-12's Choir Teacher
Olivia Gardner has been a choral director for six years. She currently directs six junior high and high school choirs at American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North.
Ms. Gardner’s choirs have won multiple superior distinctions at festivals, including the NAU Jazz/Madrigal festival. She served as a professional accompanist for the Phoenix Girl’s Chorus for five years, and is now an Associate Artistic Director for the Melodia and Harmonia choirs.
Ms. Gardner received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Arizona State University in 2014, studying piano under Walter Cosand. She then studied voice with David Britton at ASU, where she received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2016. In addition to her musical interests, Ms. Gardner loves to travel, explore the outdoors, and read classic novels.
Junior High Mens Choir Director
Mr. Krites is a passionate musician and educator who learned to love music at a young age. He grew up surrounded by music at home and school. Throughout his years as a student, Mr. Krites developed a strong desire to share, with others, the joy that music brought him. He participated in bands, choirs, drum lines and drum corps starting in elementary school and continuing through college. His goal is to help his students learn and grow as musicians while developing skills and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Mr. Krites graduated from Southern Virginia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. During his Junior and Senior years he interned as a conductor in both the Orchestra and the women’s choir, Bella Voce. Mr. Krites is currently also the head band director at ALA Gilbert-North.
Show Choir Teacher
Mr. Abaroa has been an active performer and singer from a young age. Having performed with and for several amateur and professional companies, such as the Phoenix Boys Choir, the Arizona Opera, and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Abaroa has had numerous experiences that have grown his love for the arts. His love for education, however, blossomed while attending college in Hawaii, where he served as the Performance and Education Coordinator for the improv troupe The Seaside Jesters. He joins ALA from working at both the Arizona Theatre Company and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where he worked in Education and fundraising. He completed his undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Musical Theater and Communications) at Brigham Young University- Hawaii and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University.
Our Band, Choir and Orchestra programs are proud to be a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Our honor society students love opportunities to learn, lead and change the world through music! If you know of a way we can serve the community, please email Ms. Jennifer Son, firstname.lastname@example.org
Competitions and Awards:
NAU Jazz Madrigal Festival 2018: Superior Rating in Madrigal Division
NAU Jazz Madrigal Festival 2019: Superior Rating in Madrigal Division
NAU Jazz Madrigal Festival 2019: Superior Rating in Jazz Division
NAU Jazz Madrigal Festival 2020: Superior Rating in Madrigal Division
NAU Jazz Madrigal Festival 2020: Superior Rating in Jazz Division
Arizona Choral Educator’s Fall High School Choral Festival 2018: Superior Rating
Arizona Choral Educator’s Fall High School Choral Festival 2019: Superior Rating (Jazz Choir) Arizona Choral Educator’s Fall High School Choral Festival 2019: Superior Rating (Advanced Vocal Ensemble)
American Choral Director’s Association Junior High Choral Festival 2019: Superior Rating
After School Show Choir
The ALA Show Choir is an after-school show choir performance opportunity for all interested students. Show Choirs sing, dance, and perform a set of numbers and will perform in the 20/21 season at the Theatre Fall and Spring Showcases.
Auditions are held in the Fall annually, with secondary auditions being held on a needs basis in the Spring Semester.