Monday, January 23, 2012

December Nights Showcases de Portola Middle Music Students

DePortola De Portola Middle School’s award-winning Advanced Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Band were the opening acts at the Balboa Park Annual December Nights event. It was the first time the de Portola Middle School Instrumental Music Program performed at what has been called the “nation’s premier holiday festival,” held in the historic Spreckels Organ Pavilion.  

Afterwards, one audience member wrote to de Portola principal, Elizabeth Gillingham, stating, “I was very impressed with your performances.  You all looked great, keen attention to the conductor and absolutely beautiful music.  I and everyone else were very proud of your accomplishments; the best of the whole day.” 

In addition to her kind words, she donated $500 to help support the de Portola music program. For more information, contact music teacher Brad Pulverenti at