The music program at Torrey Pines High School provides a rich and rewarding environment for its students to develop their skills and excel as musicians. Our ensembles win awards at the local, regional, and state level year after year. Many of our graduates have gone on to study music at prestigious music schools including New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.
We offer five instrumental ensembles, all under the baton of Amy Gelb: Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Intermediate Orchestra, and Advanced Orchestra. We also offer Choir and Guitar. The Music Department puts on three concerts each year, in addition to numerous other performance opportunities.
Music students can also participate in Pep Band, Drumline, Jazz Combos, and Full Orchestra. All band students play in the Pep Band during football season. The Drumline, which performs at football and basketball games, practices after school. Auditions for Drumline are held at the beginning of each school year. Full orchestra (Advanced Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, and select wind/percussion students) performs at the spring concert. Jazz Band students audition for placement in Jazz Combos, which rehearse outside of school hours.
Advanced Orchestra and Wind Ensemble compete at the SCSBOA festival in March, and every year one or both earn a trip to Regionals. The Jazz Band performs at the Irvine Jazz Festival and the Fullerton Jazz Festival each year, and in 2013 the Jazz Combos competed at the Reno Jazz Festival for the first time.
The goal of the TPHS music program is to allow students to advance as far as they desire in the field of music by providing a rich and challenging curriculum, a collaborative environment for exploration and integration among the various visual and performing art disciplines, and a welcoming and supportive TPHS music family.
The current music program at Torrey Pines was started in 1999 with one band of 35 students. From its modest beginnings, with no music library and no instruments in the cabinets, it has developed into an outstanding, award-winning program. Construction of our new performing arts theater is underway, with expected completion in June, 2019.