We need your help!

Help us purchase a piano!

The Ponderosa Bruin Choir is in critical need of a piano to use for our concerts. We don’t have an acoustic piano option and are currently borrowing an electric keyboard from our band program. Our dedicated musicians are deserving of a real, live piano for their performances. The piano (actual piano pictured to the left) would fill a vital need for our choir.

Even with school administration’s unequivocal support, we recognize that the funds available through the school district are limited and can only be stretched so far. Costs associated with running a highly acclaimed choir program increase every year and certainly can’t fund a piano purchase.

We hope you will consider donating to help us purchase this piano. All donations from this drive are tax deductible and will go directly to the piano fund. Please remember us for YEAR END GIVING.

Please write the referring students name in the memo section so they get credit.


Intel employees please note: If you donate through Benevity they will MATCH your donation. Click the logo or head to https://intel.benevity.org/ to find out how you can stretch your donation. If you don’t work at Intel but believe your company might be a member of Benevity or another matching charitable giving program, please speak with your HR manager. Every dollar counts!

Thank you in advance for joining us in our effort to make sure our students have a well-funded and equipped music program that continues to meet their needs in years to come. We look forward to your support!

Special note: Because of the way we are running this fundraiser, completely in-house, your email address and information you share with us will not be sold or used in any other way.

Fall Collage – Chick-Fil-A Meals

Pre-purchase your Chick-Fil-A meal for Fall Collage
Thursday October 4, at 7:00pm
(students call time is at 5:00, doors open at 6:30)
Meals will be available at 5:00pm

How many meals would you like?

Community Service Opportunity for your student

A student in our choir has recently been working on an Easter Giveback Basket fundraiser with El Dorado Hills Town Center. Basically, the businesses of Town Center have so generously assembled Giveback Baskets, often themed around their own business, that will be displayed in each of their businesses for the next two weeks, then will be raffled off on March 24th at the El Dorado Hills Easter Eggstravaganza. 30 businesses in total have either donated Giveback Baskets, or donated gift cards to be included in one main basket. All of the money made from selling the giveaway tickets will be given to the non-profit New Morning Youth and Family Services, the only youth shelter for kids 12-18 at-risk, abused and/or homeless in El Dorado County.

Any student wishing to sell tickets will receive 1 hour of community service for 2 tickets sold. Tickets are $5.00 for one; 5 for $20; and 10 for $35. Please have any student wishing to earn easy community service points contact Gianna by email . In addition to service hours, the top three student sellers will each win 4 tickets to the El Dorado Hills Carnival (a $112 value)!

To learn more about this fun event, please go to our website: http://edhtowncenter.com/giveback-and-win/
To purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easter-give-back-basket-tickets-43913195550

Ponderosa Vocal Music Program Boosters Scholarship!

Graduating class of 2018 (applications open January 2018)

To qualify you must be:

  • a senior, graduating from PHS high school in 2018
  • planning to pursue a career in music in an institute of higher learning (university, junior college, tech school, certification program, etc)

All applications are due by May 4, 2018 and will be reviewed blindly by a boosters committee (applicant names will be removed and each will receive a number). Decisions will be announced at the spring concert.



Ways you can help Ponderosa Choir!

The Ponderosa Vocal Music program is funded through administration, student suggested donations, and community donors. We stretch the limited funds as far as we can. Our fundraising events will fill in the gaps to run the program and provide funds for much needed items.

Where Your Dollars Will Go:

• Music Equipment
• Microphones
• Concert Attire
• New Acoustic Shell (still need $16,375)
• Miscellaneous items to run the program

How You Can Help:

• Pay your student’s suggested donation
• Pay your student’s suggested donation plus additional donation
• Ask your employer to match your donation (Employee Matching Gift Program)
• Send your Ameri-Gas bill to school with your student, we will get a %
• Sign up for e-Script. Forklift and Save-Mart are our local contributors
o Complete form and return to front office
o Form available on www.bruinchoir.com
• Sign up for the “Benefit” Mobile App – we receive 3-20% from sales
• Sign up for Amazon Smile – we receive a % of sales
• Intel Employees can donate volunteer hours funds to our Choir
• Buy tickets and attend our Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s on Sept 16th.
• Hire the Chamber Choir to sing at your Christmas party or special event.
• Buy tickets to Cabaret. Bring money for the silent auction and dessert raffle.
• Have a great idea? Let us know.

If you would like to help in any way with the Fundraising Committee, please contact us!

Choir Kick-Off – August 2nd

Just a reminder that our choir kick-off is a little over a week away.  Please let Mrs. Bailey know if you are coming.  We need to get a food count this week! 🙂


Come enjoy a fun afternoon of games, music, food, and swimming with our choir family!

Who:  All 2017-2018 Choir students and any interested friends are invited to attend the kick-off.

Graduated seniors and other alumni are invited to come and say farewell to Mrs. Bailey down by the pool from 6-7 pm.

When:  Wednesday, August 2nd from 3-7 pm
Where: Ponderosa Choir Room (M2) to start and we’ll end at the pool for a BBQ and swimming!
Bring:  A side/snack to share for the BBQ, clothes that can get wet or dirty, bathing suit and towel if you want to swim (there will be games for those not interested in swimming)
Invite:  Please invite any friends interested in checking out choir even if they are not registered- especially MEN!  🙂
RSVP:  Please reply to this email if you are or are not planning on coming and if you will be bringing a friend.

We hope to be able to welcome a new director to our choir family- please be there to show your support!

Choir DVD order

Choir DVDs are available for purchase. Deadline to purchase for student delivery is May 24th.

Because of the price of business on Paypal, all paypal orders have a processing fee. If you would prefer to send in a check or cash with your student, please print this form and have it in by May 24th.


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YoungArts Foundation October 14th Deadline


The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected from a pool of more than an average of 11,000 applications (in 2015, the organization received a record-breaking number of more than 12,000 applications), YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.

YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields include actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton and Jennifer Koh; choreographers Camille A. Brown and Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; television writer, producer, and director Jenji Kohan; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.