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Dwyer Middle School's Music Department provides comprehensive offerings in both instrumental and vocal development. Our advanced classes are part of the school's Academy for the Performing Arts Junior (APA Jr.), which is a pathway to HBHS APA programs. Our music classes allow students to realize their fullest potential while interacting with peers who share their passion for the Arts. Involvement in music not only increases self-esteem, but often raises the level of academic achievement as well. More importantly, our students learn various musical skills, develop lasting relationships with their peers, and acquire a lifelong appreciation for music.

Mr. Mationg: Show Choir, Orchestras, Beg. Band, Commercial Music

Mr. Reyes: Concert Choirs, Adv. Band

Dwyer MS Music


Show Choir Auditions

It's not too late to join the Dwyer Show Choir elective! Auditions are now open to all grades and will be held by appointment after school on Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11.

Our show choir learns several songs with choreography, performs at concerts and competitions, and has the opportunity to take a field trip to a Disney workshop each year.

If you are interested, please visit room B-4 or contact Mr. Mationg for more info and to set an audition time.

  • Vocal Component: 
    • Sing a brief, memorized excerpt (such as a verse and chorus) of a song of your choice that best demonstrates your musical and technical ability (may be performed a cappella or with student-provided accompaniment/track. CD player, piano or speakers can be provided if needed)
    • Sing the beginning of ONE of these songs a cappella (without accompaniment):
      • When You Wish Upon Star
      • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
      • The Christmas Song (‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…’)
    • Echo-sing back pitches and melodies played on a piano by the teacher
    • Ability to sight sing and follow solfege hand signals a plus.
  • Movement/Dance Component:
    • Learn a short, choreographed routine during the audition and be evaluated on accuracy and ability to learn quickly.
    • (Optional) Present a brief (32-count max), simple choreographed section of a song that best demonstrates you ability to sing and dance simultaneously.

2018-19 APA Jr. Audition Results (Updated)

Advanced Band

Owen Gilkerson

Reina Han


Advanced Orchestra

John Eugino

Ally Kulp

Emma Lee

Chloe Nguyen

David Walston


Commercial Music: Rock Band

Liam Bone

Harrison Holcomb

Ava Johnson

Jimmy Kanaley

John Sabino

Jacob Young


Show Choir

Ricardo Camacho

Marcela Gigliello

Reina Han

Madilyn Host

Katelyn Nunley

Carly Purvis

Julia Recana

Samantha Summers

Amika Swanson


Choir 2:

Paige Bridenball

Evan DiCarlo

Kylie Falcon

Marcela Gigliello

Zoey Griffin

Gabriella Herman

Madilyn Host

Emily Ivison

Nancy Jackson

Brooklyn Menchaca

Isabella Naranjo

Alyson Nguyen

Lily Ogle

Giovanna Oviedo

Sasha Vespe

Holly Weinrich

Sidney Woodard



Slate of Candidates for Jr. Oiler Music Guild Board of Directors 2018-19

May 15, 2018

At their meeting on May 14, 2018, the Jr. Oiler Music Guild put forth the slate of candidates for the Guild Board of Directors of the 2018-19 school year. Elections are to be held at their meeting on June 18, 2018.


  • Linda Jones


  • Tiffany Kanaley


  • Kasi Webb

Vice President – Ways and Means

  • Laura Lopez

Vice President – Band

  • Monica Lingard

Vice President – Orchestra

  • Brenda Chen

Vice President – Choir

  • Julia Ciejka

Vice President – Commercial Music/Guitar

  • Amy Aala

APA Jr. Auditions Info

APA Jr. Application now available!

Dwyer's Music Department offers a variety of music classes ranging from beginning to advanced skill set, some of which do not require an audition. Our advanced classes are part of our school's APA Jr. program - a pathway to APA at Huntington Beach High School. All our offerings are yearlong classes.

Students currently enrolled in a beginning Dwyer Music full-year elective will be evaluated within their class. Thus, it will not be necessary to schedule an audition appointment. However, an application should still be submitted.

Classes that DO NOT require auditions (open to beginners):

  • Beginning/Intermediate Band (Band 1-2)
  • Beginning/Intermediate Strings (Orchestra 1-2)
  • Choir (Choir 1)
  • Commercial Music: Guitar (Guitar 1-2)

APA Jr. Music Classes (Audition Required):

To initiate the audition process and schedule an audition appointment for our music classes, please complete the APA Jr. Application and submit it to the office or one of our music teachers.

*Click Audition Checklist to find required audition materials.

Details of audition requirements for each class can be found in the "Audition Checklist” page.

Required audition materials such as sheet music can be found in the corresponding locker folder in the top right column.

Music Locker
4/26/18 9:05 AM
3/11/18 9:54 PM
3/11/18 9:54 PM
3/11/18 9:55 PM

Choir 2: SCVA 2018