Calaveras Has Talent 2016



Auditions for Calaveras Has Talent

April 23, Valley Springs Elementary 9-5pm

May 7,  Calaveras High School and Michelson Elementary 9-5pm

May 14, Bret Harte High School and Copperopolis Elementary 9-5



Calaveras Youth Organization Launches Calaveras Has Talent

When we found out in February that CUSD had removed music education off of the cut list.  While this was a “victory” to know our kids will be able to continue with music, we simply just couldn’t stop or claim this was an end.  We were far from our goal as an organization to help build a sustainable program and since music has been an important part of all of our organization and supporter’s lives, it was time to enter the next phase.

Music  has an important history in Calaveras County.  It is a county wide hobby for a lot of residents.  It is a county wide activity with concerts at Ironstone Vineyards or at the Calaveras Fair and Jumping Frog Jubliee.  From garage bands in Rancho Calaveras to coffee shop players in Murphys, Arnold and Mountain Ranch, choirs in our local churches and to students at CUSD, Bret Harte and Vallecito Districts, or simply in the comfort of our own homes and cars with our iDevices, we as residents always have had music as an important part of our lives in some way shape or form.

That is why we have made the transition to start the Support Music Calaveras Campaign.  This is a county wide campaign to support music for every resident in Calaveras County.   We will be here first to support music education county wide.  We will be here to support music performances.  We will be here to bring music to everyone with community support because #musicmatters


Our First Event is the Calaveras Has Talent Show.  This is a family oriented and fun event is open to every resident in Calaveras County.  Come audition.  Sing your heart out, Dance your legs off, show us some magic tricks, strum your guitar or show us what ever talent makes you unique with a goal:  Just have fun!

Calaveras Youth Organization will be seeking local and community fundraising support for our events.  Tickets will be sold at the Quarter, Semi and Final Events for those that want to attend the shows.  All funds will be used for the Support Music Calaveras Campaign.

We will have 2 Quarter Final Events (Aug 8 at the SA Town Hall, and Aug 15 at the Fairgrounds)

The Semi Final Event will August 29 at the Fair Grounds.

The Final will be October 10th, 2015 at the Fairgrounds.

Audition to advance and gain entry to the quarter final will be held at the following dates and times:

Calaveras Has Talent

(Note:  “Electric and Amplified band auditions will not be available at the Valley Springs or Avery Middle School locations)

Application for the tryouts can be found here.

Please note:  There will be no audience at the try out auditions, just a performer and three judges.  Those under 18 can have one parent or guardian attend the audition.  Please bring water as the afternoon late Spring/Summer events will be warmer.


#MusicMatters Challenge

Last Wednesday was an amazing day!  Over 130 people participated in our online Facebook #musicmatters challenge.  Thousands of people saw your posts of declaration for music and the impact it has.  No kidding, we had animals, babies, students, adults and many instruments photographed and posted to our page!  With the help of an anonymous donor, we were able to double the amount of participants in dollars!  That is $260 raised in one day.  What’s next, you ask?


Join A Cause This Season

It’s Wednesday morning and it just so happens to be December already.  How did that happen?  How did it come so fast?  Before you know it, another year is almost over and time isn’t slowing down.

The question is, what are we doing in life that brings us joy and happiness?  Days, weeks and even months can tend to blur together unless we are intentional about living in the moment and slowing down to appreciate life.  It’s easy to get up, take care of family, head to work (whatever that might be), come home, go to bed and do it all over again.  Is there something more?  Is there a cause to support? An adventure to live?  A challenge to overcome?


Official Partners

We are proud to announce that the Calaveras SAVE Campaign has officially partnered with the Calaveras Community Foundation 501c3.  Here’s how it happened…

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Preparing to SAVE

It was Tuesday,  August 12th when we launched the Calaveras SAVE Campaign Facebook page.  Within three days, we had over 1,000 people engaged in this powerful movement.  Ever evolving and always moving forward, the SAVE Campaign took on a life of it’s own.  People just like you posted great photos and memories of the power of programs and how they inspire youth to do more and be more.  We were in awe of the show of support and we wanted to be sure that we did things right.

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Vanessa’s Story

Why Music Matters to Me:

When I started my seventh grade year at Toyon Middle School I was so excited to try out for the Advanced Choir. My older cousin was in it and I knew they were able to go on some interesting trips just by singing their way there. I remember walking into the music room to see Ms. Hjelmervik sitting there with a pen and paper. As I sang, my nerves subsided and I realized that I could actually make it. I was so excited when I got the call that I was accepted into the Advanced Choir as I entered the seventh grade. That year we traveled to some local places and did many great performances.

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Did You Know?

Here are some cool “did you know?” facts!

1. Did you know that at one time we owned our own Band Bus? It carried all the uniforms and equipment. This picture was taken in May 1980 in Santa Cruz. We needed two school buses to transport the entire band and chaperones.

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Music Alumni Survey

If  you played in band or sang in choir at CHS or TMS please complete this survey.  We will use your information to create a memorable experience for all who attend the December 6th Alumni Dinner/Concert/Dance at the Town Hall in San Andreas.  All to benefit the SAVE Campaign as we work to save and sustain music in CUSD.  Please take a few minutes needed to complete this survey.  Thank you so much!


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