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.
Music is a form of poetry and lyrics, set to rhythmic melodies and harmonies, make the poetry come to life through song. GNHS has an award-winning Choir and provides a choral program both at the Junior and High School levels that allows students to learn, grow and hone their abilities throughout their educational experience. Students can choose to begin with general choir or try-out for one of our many advanced levels of choral performance and courses. Advanced students also perform in festivals both in Arizona and surrounding states!
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.
Our Band, Choir and Orchestra programs are proud to be a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Our honor society students enjoy the opportunity to lead, learn and change the world 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
The Marching Band performs a full half-time show at all of our home football games. We also perform at local and state marching band competitions through AZMBA. Please see the band website for details.
2020/2021 Course Offerings:
- Junior High Beginning Mixed Choir (JH Choir I)
- Junior High Advanced Women’s Choir (JH Choir II)
- 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)
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