A note from Cory on his Pinewood teaching career…
In 1998, I was given the opportunity to create and teach an innovative music program from the ground up at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, California, and I loved it… except, of course, all the damn kids.
In five years, Pinewood evolved from a school with no music courses to one with a mandatory freshman music history course, an
I conducted my final concert as Director of the Pinewood Singers on a beautiful May evening in 2003.
For this Director and several seniors, it closed four years of hard work and play. For others, it represented one very memorable year that included our fully staged production of Sondheim‘s Into The Woods to standing-room-only audiences on multiple nights; our performance of Haydn‘s Te Deum with the Menlo orchestra and choir; our national anthem performances at basketball state championship playoffs; our
Listen to the final song, of the final performance, I conducted as Director of the Pinewood Singers — Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen…
Each semester for five loud years, SWARM (Students Writing And Recording Music) students wrote and recorded their own
Listen to the songs my SWARM students and I recorded at Pinewood: