San Bernardino County students show off their musical, artistic talents in series of events

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San Bernardino County students show off their musical, artistic talents in series of events

Hundreds of students from school districts throughout San Bernardino County have showcased their talents at several visual and performing arts events in the past two months, including honor band concerts and an art exhibit.

“These students are some of our county’s most exceptional young musicians and artists,” Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County superintendent of schools, said in a news release. “With the dedication and talents of our partners, educators and guest conductors, these incredible opportunities are possible.”

Hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students performed at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel during the Basin Honor Bands and Honor Orchestras events held in February, and more than 200 students from K-12 schools in the High Desert region took the stage at Barstow Community College’s Performing Arts Center for the High Desert Honor Bands event.

Since 1986, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools has collaborated with the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association to host these concerts for students involved in music programs throughout the county.

This year, several high school students from various regions in the county also competed for a spot in the state Poetry Out Loud championship. Faith Bakhos, a student from Big Bear High School, placed first in the county finals and then placed in the top 10 in the state finals, competing against 49 other poets, according to the news release.

Through collaboration with the Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino California Arts Project (RIMS CAP), which also supports Kern County, and the Arts Council for San Bernardino County, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools created and supported the San Bernardino County Arts Education network. This initiative promotes arts education and events throughout the county, including the Young Artists’ Gallery.

Student artists submitted close to 400 artworks for this year’s Young Artists’ Gallery competition, with nearly 150 of those entries selected for a monthlong exhibition at Cal State San Bernardino.

Corrina Gomez of San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley High School won best of show in the high school category at the 2023 Young Artists’ Gallery for her sculpture “A Flood of Creativity,” one of nearly 150 artworks by San Bernardino County students selected for the exhibit at Cal State San Bernardino. (Courtesy of San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools)

Corrina Gomez, a student from San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley High School, won best of show in the high school category for her sculpture “A Flood of Creativity.” Other entries in the exhibit included photography, paintings and video productions.

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools also sponsored a performing arts showcase performance April 4 at the California Theater in San Bernardino, featuring student musicians, singers, thespians and dancers from across the county.

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