BHS Jazz News and Events

Audition signups for 2019-2020 are now open. Auditions take place May 21-29 (dates organized by instrument). Click here for details and links to signups and and practice files. 

Annual YOSHI’S show is coming up soon!

Monday, May 6ONE SHOW ONLY at 7:30 p.m. featuring the BHS Jazz Ensemble and Combos A and B. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit BHS Jazz. This show will very likely sell out! Please buy your tickets and make your restaurant reservations soon! (Dinner is optional, but patrons get priority seating for the show, and the food is great.) Click here to buy tickets! Or call 510-238-9200. (Fees apply if bought online or by phone; no fees for tix from Box Office.)

Ensemble performs Fantasm in Monterey

The Berkeley High Ensemble performed Fantasm at the Next Gen Jazz Competition in Monterey, California. Hear their stand-out performance here.

BHS Ensemble shines at the Berkeley Symphony (1)Click here to read the SF Chronicle review!

The Berkeley Symphony presented a special matinee performance on Sunday, March 24 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium, featuring our BHS Jazz Ensemble in DVORAK & ELLINGTON. With guest conductor Christopher Rountree leading the orchestra, the concert started with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” which he composed in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. Following Dvořák’s iconic sketch of America, the Orchestra was joined by Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble with special guests to perform Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige and Gubaidalina’s Concerto for Two Orchestras.

The Girls and Pépé play KPFA live in studio

IMG_6689Saluting International Women’s Month, KPFA’s Sing Out featured a live in-studio performance by the Berkeley High School jazz combo The Girls and Pépé (Pépé not pictured). The original drummer Pépé graduated, but the group continues its tradition of using a male drummer with Dash Goss-Post, along with bassist Kati Leitner, pianist Anna Bettendorf, flutist Kyra Teigen and saxophonist Laurel Fink. The band was an anchor of the recent JazzGirls Day at Berkeley High. Also, some members will be in the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble when it performs Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown and Beige” with the Berkeley Symphony on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Hear the combo on KPFA

Big win at Mingus Festival!

Berkeley High’s Combo A traveled to New York City in February and came home with multiple accolades, including best high school combo at the Mingus Festival 2019! Awards also went to Camille Collins for Outstanding Soloist and Max Nierlich for Outstanding Combo Arranger.

Another successful JazzGirls Day

The 8th Annual Berkeley JazzGirls Day at Berkeley High’s Community Theatre on March 2 invited elementary and middle school girl musicians to play and sing jazz with professional female jazz musicians and educators. The event featured master classes, jam sessions, and a concert by women jazz players.  Watch videos from the event here


Interested in BHS’s Performing Arts?

Participation in the Berkeley High School performing arts program is open to current and incoming BHS students. We encourage all interested students to check out the information in this document.

Gratitude to donors and friends

Your support enables us to provide a world-class jazz education and more! Many thanks to the individuals, businesses and foundations supporting the BHS Jazz Program. Find a complete donor list here.

Shop on Amazon? BHS Jazz can benefit!

If you already shop on Amazon, how about designating BHS Jazz as your charity? It’s an easy way to support BHS Jazz! Here’s our Amazon Smile code: Berkeley High School Jazz. And here’s the link. 


Spotlight: Band Director Sarah Cline

Sarah Cline BWSarah Cline is in her ninth year as Jazz Director at Berkeley High School, a premier jazz program known nationally and internationally as an incubator of talent and a citadel of swing. Her students regularly represent at high level festivals, and get into top flight college music programs.  During her time at Berkeley High, she has led four tours to Cuba, collaborating with La Escuela Nacional de la Musica in Havana.  Sarah is the founder of JazzGirls Day, an event that now is spreading to communities across the US that encourages young women to see a place for themselves in the world of jazz. In addition to her teaching duties, Sarah is an in-demand professional trombonist in the San Francisco Bay Area in both jazz and salsa bands.  She has presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and the California All-State Music Education Conference.