Carmel Valley Middle School Music Program brings home the gold

The Carmel Valley Middle School Music Program recently presented all five ensembles at the Forum Music Festival in Irvine, receiving four gold ratings and one silver rating for their performances. Adjudicator and Conductor John Vorwald wrote “Your advanced orchestra received one of the highest scores I have ever given to a group at a Forum Music Festival. It is obvious that excellent teaching and learning is taking place in the orchestra and band rooms at Carmel Valley MS. I was particularly impressed with the mature, rich tone quality of both the orchestra and band. It is not often I hear music making on this high level from a middle school group.”

Led by Scott Drechsel, conductor and CVMS music teacher, the music program has gone from strength to strength over the past years, sending five musicians to the California All-State Band and Orchestra in 2017.

The CVMS Music Program is supported by the CVMS Music Boosters, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which supports the instrumental program at CVMS through fundraising and volunteer activities. For more information about the CVMS Music program, visit