2013 OCMAA Outstanding Educators include LAHS Choir Director

LAUSD Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kropp has announced that LAHS choir director David Moellenkamp has been named as a 2013 Outstanding Arts Educator by the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators. OCMAA is a part of the Orange County Department of Education and is a network of district leaders, community arts educators, business, and parents.

Mr. Moellenkamp was awarded this prestigious honor for his ongoing efforts as an arts educator who makes a difference in the lives of students. He was specifically cited for his creative, innovative, and effective instructional strategies that have resulted in his choir groups winning numerous awards and national recognition, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in learning both in and through the arts.

Mr. Moellenkamp oversees a choir program of nearly 400 students in 5 choirs: Xpressions mixed concert choir, SoundFX advanced mixed choir, Xtreme men's choir, Axcent intermediate women's choir, and Soundtrax advanced women's choir. In four years under his guidance, the Los Alamitos choirs have combined to win 39 First Place/Championship awards and have garnered more than 80 “Best in Category” recognitions, including national championships in venues like the Grand Old Opry and at the FAME Nationals in Chicago. Soundtrax and SoundFX will be competing in the National Choir Championships in Orlando, FL in April.

A celebration and recognition ceremony to honor this year's OCMAA awardees will take place in the Samueli Theatre at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Monday, May 6.