Carol of the Bells Virtual Choir!

Calling All Pondo Choir Alumni! Due to COVID-19 we will not be having out annual Winter Concert. This is disappointing for many reasons. One of our highlights is having our alumni join us for the traditional Carol of the Bells so we decided we’ll do it Virtually! We have partnered with L.E. Media to put together a virtual choir experience where we will be bringing together current and former choir members. Here is how it will work.

  • Click This Link to Fill our the Sign Up Form
  • Once you have filled out the Form we will send you a link to make a small donation to the boosters to help offset the cost of the Audio and Video engineering.
  • You will receive a
    • Video with instructions on how to record,
    • pdfs of the sheet music,
    • practice part tracks, and
    • instructions on how to submit your completed video recording.
  • We would like to have all videos in by Thanksgiving so we can have the video produced by the end of the semester.

If you have any questions please contact the choir director Santiago Sabado at

Lucy Nisbet

It is with a heavy heart that we communicate to you that our beloved choir teacher, Lucy Nisbet, passed away August 13, 2020 due to complications from cancer. Mrs. Nisbet was a respected and talented teacher who was loved by all. In just a few short years at Ponderosa, she made a powerful and positive impact on hundreds of young people.

PHS counselors are available for students who need help talking about and processing this difficult moment.  Additionally, staff from Sierra Child and Family Services, who staff the PHS Wellness Center, will also be available through the PHS Counseling Office. The Counseling Office can be contacted at 530-677-2281 x 2225.

Many of you have asked about donations to the Nisbet family, flowers, etc. In lieu of flowers or gifts the family has created a scholarship fund in Lucy’s name, and asks that donations be made to that fund. Scholarship awards will be provided to Ponderosa High School and Oak Ridge High School students. We believe that many small donations are just as powerful as a few large ones, so feel free to make a donation of any amount. The link to the scholarship fund can be found here:

Scholarship Application

Graduating class of 2020 (applications open March 31, 2020)

To qualify you must be:

  • a senior, graduating from PHS high school in 2020
  • 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 6, 2020 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.


Concert CD/DVD/BLU-RAY on sale now!

2019-2020 CDs, DVDs and BLU-RAYs on sale now! All orders will be given to students before the last day of school unless you pay for shipping using the PayPal shopping cart.

The three formats to choose from are:

  • CD
  • DVD

Click here to print your order form and send into the school with your student.

To order online, please add the CDs/DVDs/BLU-RAYs to your cart below and proceed to check-out.

If you want your order shipped, you must add a “Shipping Option” to your cart. If no shipping option is present, your order will be tagged for student delivery.





Pre-order your meals

Pre order your Chick-Fil-A Meals for Fall Collage! October 3, 2019

You must preorder your meal to be guaranteed there will be a meal there or you.

Click here to print your order form. Please send in with your student or use the PayPal option below.

Food will arrive at 5:00pm

How many meals would you like?
Students Name:

Sacramento State Music Camp!

The Summer Music Camp is a week-long camp from July 21st to July 27th. It provides high quality and relevant experiences to each musician, offering opportunities for musical and personal growth. Campers can select workshops and courses from a wide variety of topics and participate in large ensemble rehearsals led by our very own Dr. Andrew Kreckmann, Director of Choral Activities, and Dr. Matthew Morse, Director of Bands. Sacramento State Music counselors will lead campers in team building activities that will create fun and lasting memories. The Sacramento State Summer Music Camp is a fantastic opportunity for students to hone their musical craft and make friends from across our region and beyond!

The cost is only $480 for camp tuition, or $680 for campers staying overnight in our new dorm facilities on campus. If your student would like to register by mail, the application is attached to this email. For online registration and more information, please visit

If you have any questions about the camp please contact Gaw Vang Williams, Director of Vocal Jazz
916- 842-0347


Los Pinos – Concert Preorder

Pre orders closed.

Winter Concert: Tuesday December 4th, at 7:00

Doors open at 6:30

Call time for students is 5:00


Bean, rice and cheese burrito


Chicken, rice and cheese burrito


All orders include chips, salsa and bottled water.

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 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.