Songwriting / Recording
Each Spring, students from the CCHS Music Program share their talents in composition/songwriting, by creating, collaborating and recording original pieces for a culminating album. The Let My Gifts Change the World Project features all original student compositions and performances. Each album includes a variety of entirely original content, composed and performed by the students. Genres include classical, country, alternative, jazz and more!
Spring, 2019: We are excited to announce that Opus 3 will soon be in production!
Opus 1 (2018)
Opus 2 (2019)
Originally from Colorado, Ms. Jessica Swift holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a dual concentration in conducting and French horn performance. While at UCLA, Ms. Swift served as a Teaching Assistant and Graduate Conductor with the UCLA Bands.
Ms. Swift serves as Director of Music and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts program at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. Additionally, she works as a Conductor with the San Diego Youth Symphony. Previously, Ms. Swift has served as Director and Conductor for the Santa Monica College Emeritus Concert Band and has held tenure with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, where she provided instrumental instruction at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Sharing the gift of music with students of diverse backgrounds remains the central passion of her career. Many of Ms. Swift’s students have gone on to pursue studies in music at prestigious programs in the United States and beyond.
Ms. Swift is grateful for the opportunity to interact with musicians of all ages and ability levels and enjoys a variety of professional engagements as an educator, conductor, performer, clinician, and composer. Highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, national and regional educational conferences and as an audition finalist for Officer/Conductor candidacy for the United States Air Force bands.
With two degrees in music, an MA in British Literature, and seventeen years of experience working with children in theatre or individually, accompanyist Andy Ingersoll has an extensive educational background. Three years of study in England has added a unique perspective to his teaching palette. Since his music education took place at a university instead of a conservatory, he has a broad umbrella from which to teach music theory, history and aural training as well as piano proficiency. His experience, however, is not only academic; two decades of performing as a union musician has given him practical knowledge that has proved invaluable in his teaching career. Three national tours in musical theatre have also broadened his view of the United States and of different musical styles.