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The Stars of today came from vocal programs like Burroughs! The John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association supports both traditional choral and pop show choir art forms. We believe that by achieving excellence in the performing arts, students can and will strive for excellence in all areas.

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Powerhouse Completes 1st Undefeated Season Ever!

Powerhouse 2017, Undefeated Champions With Grand Championships at Bonita Vista, Hart, Arcadia, and the Hanover/Lee Davis Festival of Choirs, Powerhouse finishes the 2016-2017 competition season undefeated. This is exceedingly difficult to do in the Tier 1 California division competing multiple times against some of the nation's top choirs. 

JBHS Tech Crew 2017 wins Best Tech Sound Waves was also undefeated in the Intermediate Division for the first time since 2012. Sound Sensations was named the Grand Champions three times, including Bonita Vista, Arcadia and Hanover/Lee Davis. Tech Crew was also named Best Tech at the competition in Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Jennings Honored on Broadway!

Mr. Jennings wins Inspiring Teacher Award from the National High School Musical Theater Awards Mr. Jennings was flown to New York City to receive the inaugural Inspiring Teacher Award from the National High School Musical Theater Awards. The award was given at the 2017 Jimmy Awards at the Minskoff Theater hosted by Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, Pitch Perfect). Based on her Best Actress win at the Jerry Herman Awards, Brighton Thomas was a featured soloist in the Jimmy Awards closing number.

2017 VMA President Brighton Thomas Wins Great American Songbook!

2016 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador

Brighton Thomas, 2016-17 VMA President, has been named 2016 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador! We are so proud of you, Brighton!

It has been quite a year so far for the JBHS VMA! We will hope for more honors to come as we get going in August!

Josh Strobl Wins National High School Musical Theater Award!

Tuesday, July 12th

Anyone who has seen (or heard) Josh Strobl over his 4 years at John Burroughs High School, knows he is destined for success on the Broadway stage. But did you know he has already attained it?

At the Minskoff Theater on Broadway late last month, Josh was honored with the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor!

Josh Strobl in the NYT

Powerhouse Rocks the LA County Arts Education Summit

Saturday, December 4th

Muses perform at Burbank City Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 5th

Powerhouse at LACMA's 50th Anniversary

Powerhouse had the honor last weekend of marking the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary!

Photo of Powerhouse at LACMA

Joined by aerial performance artists from Australia and sparkling pyrotechnics, Powerhouse was also seen by many A-list stars at last weekend's gala celebration, including: Barbra Streisand, Betty White, Ryan Seacrest, Seal, Dustin Hoffman, Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. It was an amazing evening, closed by Powerhouse's version of Happy Birthday and a 45-minute dance with globes while the guests made their way out. Congratulations, Powerhouse!

Powerhouse with Dance the Dream

Powerhouse got to join other choirs, dancers, opera singers and Dance the Dream in Part 3 of the video trilogy produced by The Dream at 50 in collaboration with the L.A. Dance Project.  The videos feature some of the top professional and student dance and music groups throughout Los Angeles County, including the Los Angeles Ballet, L.A. Opera, La Santa Cecelia, Diavolo, and No)one. And John Burroughs High School!

Powerhouse Seniors on "The Voice"

The Powerhouse Seniors backed up the lovely Jacquie Lee singing "Angel" on The Voice on December 9, 2013 and it was gorgeous! Click to watch the video!

Muses on Hallmark Channel November 25th!

Start your Thanksgiving Week off with "Home & Family Holiday Special" on the Hallmark Channel and support Muses! The show premieres Monday, November 25th at 8pm and will be replayed on Tuesday, 11/26 at 10am and Wednesday 11/27 at noon. Check your listings for the channel on your cable provider!

Set your DVR! This is better than the parade!

National Champion Showchoirs Hit the Stage!

The first performances by our National Champion Showchoirs are coming up very quickly now, October 11-13! [Continue reading...]

Powerhouse at the 4th Annual Thirst Gala

The Thirst Project is “a movement of high school and college students that exists to raise awareness of and bring solutions to the clean water crisis...” Twenty-eight of the JBHS Powerhouse students were invited to perform at the 4th Annual Thirst Gala on June 24th. The event was hosted by Kirsten Vangsness from “Criminal Minds.” The evening’s Guest of Honor was Pauley Perrette from “NCIS.” [Continue reading...]

Powerhouse Plays the Hollywood Bowl

I know it’s summer vacation, but our Powerhouse kids are always performing, even the new members! Last weekend Powerhouse could be found at “Opening Night at the Bowl” singing and dancing with Darren Criss, one of the stars of “Glee.”

The Los Angeles Times found Criss’s number “a charming diversion, especially when the platoon of the Powerhouse Show Choir marched onto the stage to sing backup and dance.” We agree! [Continue reading...]

Powerhouse Performs at MPI Awards Event 2011 at Roosevelt Hotel

Powerhouse to Perform in Hong Kong!

Powerhouse is set to be the largest, youngest contingent of performers to represent the U.S. in Cathay Pacific's annual Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong on February 3. The 54 members of the Powerhouse show choir will bring their combination of superb choral skills and exciting choreography to life before an enthralled audience of tens of thousands who have never seen a show like this before.

Among the musical numbers to be performed by Powerhouse in Hong Kong will be "Any Way You Want It" (by Journey) and "Vogue" (by Madonna). [Click for more]

Powerhouse Performs on Dancing With the Stars

The JBHS Vocal Music Associations' premier mixed show choir, Powerhouse, gave a stunning performance for tonight's Dancing With The Stars. ABC's own press release says the following: 

This week's "School of Rock" themed Macy's Stars of Dance performance will feature all-star kid musicians from national School of Rock and one of the best showchoirs in the country, The Powerhouse Choir from John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California. The number will be choreographed by Travis Wall. The Powerhouse Choir has performed opposite the cast of "Glee" on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was the school that inspired the hit fox television series. In addition, they've performed at numerous national and regional events, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the Gala Opening of the Resnick Pavilion, "The Unmasking," opposite Christina Aguilera and The Canadian Tenors, the Season 2 "Glee" Cast Premier Party at Paramount Studios and the 1st Annual PFLAG L.A. Event at the London Hotel. They've received the following awards and accolades: 2009 Grand Champions of FAME National Showchoir Cup in NYC; 2008 Grand Champions of FAME Chicago National Showchoir Competition; they were featured on "Gleeful: The Real Show Choirs of America," a British documentary about competitive showchoirs; and they performed in concert with Foreigner at the Gibson Amphitheater and the Citizen's Bank Arena.


Glee Premier Cast Party

Season 2 of the hit FOX television show Glee kicked off with a bang on September 7th at the Paramount Lot with a party for cast and crew. 9 members of Powerhouse played the part of “real life Glee” singing some of the hit songs from the first season of the show.

LACMA Opening Gala

Members of Powerhouse dressed in the infamous 18th Century costumes were seen flanking the red carpet at the Gala Opening of the Resnick Pavillion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on September 25th 2011. Powerhouse welcomed guests with a performance art piece designed by Jen Oundjian and accompanied by Dan Scoville based on several Mozart piano pieces.


On Friday, October 1st, Powerhouse performed on the rooftop of the London Hotel in West Hollywood for the 1st Annual “LA Event” hosted by PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays). Powerhouse was a surprise guest, introduced by Jane Lynch and beginning their performance of “Vogue” flash mob style from positions throughout the audience. They followed with “Somebody to Love” and were described by many as the “highlight” of the night. Following their performance, Powerhouse was seated poolside to enjoy the rest of the program including an up-close performance by Nelly Furtado.

Powerhouse performs at DSA Annual Meeting

How do you pump up a crowd? The Direct Sellers Association recently hired the John Burroughs show choir, Powerhouse, to perform at the Centennial Gala of their 2010 Annual Meeting. Guests were entertained and inspired by the students performing part of their 2010 competition set.

The choirs of John Burroughs are available for all nature of private and public events. (Click here for booking information). See a video of the DSA performance, by clicking header above.

JBHS Choirs Featured in British Documentary, "Gleeful"

John Burroughs High School is proud to have been featured in the British Documentary, Gleeful: The Real Show Choirs of America. The broadcasting network bills it as a "Documentary exploring the big business of show choirs in American high schools." Click through to see the show in its entirety...

Jennifer Love Hewitt Donates $3000 to JBHS VMA

Powerhouse Performs on Oprah Winfrey Show!

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you probably know that the VMA's advanced mixed choir, Powerhouse, was invited to perform on the Oprah Winfrey Show, for a special Glee episode. In case you missed this milestone performance, we've corralled some videos for you.