The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the 64th Annual Stairway of the Starsin
Barnum Hall, on the Santa Monica High School campus in Santa Monica, early next month.
This event remains one of the most popular annual events in both the
cities of Santa Monica and Malibu, as it spotlights the talents of the
district's music students, teachers, and music curriculum.
This year, 26 bands, orchestras, and choirs will dazzle the audience at the
Stairway of the Stars concerts.
In previous years, Stairway was held
at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday and Friday evenings,
but due to the Civic’s recent closure, Stairway will be held at Barnum
Hall over three nights: Wednesday, March 6 (Orchestra only), Thursday
March 7 (Band only), and Friday March 8 (Choir only).
year’s Stairway concert will focus on the Choir program, and the guest
conductor for the 2013 Stairway will be Dr. Chris Peterson.
2013 Stairway Guest Conductor: Dr. Chris Peterson, Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton
Peterson is Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton where he directs the CSUF Concert Choir, the Titan Men’s Chorus,
and teaches classes in choral music education.
In spring 2011 he was
named the 2010-2011 Cal State Fullerton ASI Outstanding Educator of the
Year. From 2001–2007 he was Assistant Professor of Music at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Peterson taught music in the
public schools of Maine for nine years, including elementary, middle,
and high school music instruction.
He is the author of articles
published in the Music Educators Journal, is a contributing author for the textbook series Experiencing Choral Music, published in the United States by Glencoe, and is Series Editor, composer, and choral arranger for Hal Leonard’s Close Harmony Series for Men and the Close Harmony Collection.
Recently he held the position of State Choral Representative for the
California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and is currently the CMEA
Southern Section President.
Peterson was the Western Division
Technology Chair for the 2012 Reno Convention of the American Choral
Director’s Association (ACDA), and is currently the Southern Regional
Representative for the California Chapter of ACDA.
For six years Chris
conducted the Milwaukee Youth Chorale, a mixed honor choir for high school students affiliated with the Milwaukee Children's Choir.
Dr. Peterson maintains an active schedule as a choral clinician, guest
conductor, and judge for festivals and choral performance events across
the United States and internationally.
Recent engagements have taken him
to England, Sweden, Japan, and New Zealand. In his spare time, Chris
sings bass with the Masters of Harmony, eight-time International
Men’s Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
He earned the
Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern
Maine, and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University
He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Choral Music Education
and Conducting from Florida State University where he studied with
Rodney Eichenberger, Andre Thomas, and Clifford Madsen.
2013 Stairway Honor Award Recipient: Santa Monica Kiwanis Club
year, the district’s 23 music teachers nominate and vote on the
“Stairway Honor Award Recipient.”
This award is presented to a former
student, teacher or organization that has contributed enormously to the
advancement of music and arts education in the Santa Monica-Malibu
Unified School district.
This year, the 2013 Stairway Honor Award
recipient will be the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica.
This year, the ensembles that will perform at Stairway of the Stars are the All-District Elementary Honor
and Middle and High School Orchestras (Wednesday, 3/6): Elementary,
Middle, and High School Bands (Thursday, 3/7); and Middle and High
School Choir (Friday, 3/8).
Overall, there are approximately 1,000
student performers involved in the event.
Make A Donation
Make a donation to support the extraordinary quality of the SMMUSD Music Program.
year, you can include a donation when you pay for your tickets.
General ticket sales are open to the public.Remaining tickets are for sale at $15 per ticketat Barnum Hall Box Office on the night of each performance starting at 5:30 p.m.
On Wed., March 6, tickets will be sold for the March 6 concert only;
on Thurs., March 7, tickets will be sold for the March 7 concert only;
and on Friday, March 8, tickets will be sold for the March 8 concert
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