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DSC_9806A group of St. Margaret’s Upper School performing arts students represented the school at the City of San Juan Capistrano State of the City event with a set of musical performances that garnered standing ovations from the sold-out audience of local government, business and community leaders.

Singers Morgan Higgins and Tiffany Choe, as well as the St. Margaret’s Jazz Ensemble: Austin Foley, piano; Braden Johnson, drums; Alexander Kaliannan, bass; David Larsen, trumpet; Brenden Ramirez, guitar; Justin Ren, trombone; and Ryan Stueber, alto saxophone, performed for the annual event that also took pause to honor St. Margaret’s Headmaster of the last decade, Marcus D. Hurlbut with the Chamber of Commerce 2013 Arts & Culture Award for his significant contributions to the San Juan Capistrano community [read full story, here].

The Jazz Ensemble performed an upbeat set of jazz standards during the pre-event reception that set a festive tone for the community gathering. Morgan Higgins, grade 10, formally opened the event with a rousing a cappella rendition of the national anthem that drew cheers from the audience. Tiffany Choe, grade 11, closed the event with an uplifting performance of “Climb Every Mountain” from this year’s Upper School production of “The Sound of Music.”

Mark Bodenhamer, executive director of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce that hosts the event, said, “The St. Margaret’s students were simply outstanding! Although their incredible musical talent was most on display that night, I was even more impressed with the leadership skills they showed. Their ability to handle that situation with such professionalism at that age was nothing short of extraordinary.”

Mr. Bodenhamer added, “Ensuring that a smart, educated and dynamic workforce is being prepared to take over our local economy in the coming years is critical for our community. If these students are any indicator of future success, our business community will be thriving in the next generation!”

Among those in attendance was St. Margaret’s Director of the Arts Darcy Rice, who said, “Our student performers are tangible evidence of the impact that Marc Hurlbut has had on arts education at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. We feel privileged and honored to share these young emerging artists with the greater San Juan Community, and it was meaningful for the students to be a part of this tribute to Marc’s cultural legacy.”


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