The Music Department offers students a wide range of courses that afford all students the opportunity to make lifelong connections to the art form by experiencing music of different time periods, styles, and cultures through listening, study, creation, and performance. We believe that music is an important part of every child’s education. Our program is set up so that all students, those who are serious musicians and those who are novices, are successful and challenged at the same time.

Instruction begins in Kindergarten as students begin their musical journey by exploring music vocally and playing Orff and rhythm instruments. In Fourth Grade all students play the recorder and in Fifth Grade all students play a band or orchestral instrument. Optional string instruction can begin as early as First Grade. All Primary and Lower School students participate in a variety of musical performances in School assemblies throughout the year.

Beginning in Sixth Grade, students make the choice of participating in orchestra, band, or chorus, while Seventh Grade marks a student’s first opportunity to engage in formal jazz study. In addition to many in school and evening performance opportunities for both vocal and instrumental students, our Upper School students also have the opportunity to study AP Music Theory and Composition.

We take advantage of our proximity to Los Angeles, by inviting guests to lead masterclasses and rehearsals with our music students and occasionally attend performances.

Awards and Honors:

World Strides Onstage Festival in Anaheim 2017:       
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble – silver
Jazz Ensemble – gold, first place Jazz Band Division
Treble Choir – gold, second place Woman’s Choir Division
Upper School Chorus – gold, first place Concert Choir Division
Vocal Jazz – gold, second place Vocal Jazz Division
Wind Ensemble – silver, third place Concert Band Division
Upper School Orchestra Chicago Festival of Gold 2017, performance at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco

World Strides Onstage Festival 2016:       
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble – gold
Jazz Ensemble – gold, top scoring Band
Upper School Chorus – silver
Upper School Orchestra – gold, first place String Orchestra, top scoring Orchestra, adjudicators award
Vocal Jazz – gold
Wind Ensemble – gold, first place Concert Band
Viewpoint School Instrumental Music Department - top scoring instrumental department
Viewpoint School Music Department - top scoring music department 
World Strides Heritage Performance Festival 2015:
Upper School Orchestra – Chicago Festival of Gold, performance at Symphony Hall in Chicago
World Strides Heritage Performance Festival 2014:
Upper School Orchestra – gold, first place String Orchestra, top scoring Orchestra, adjudicators award
World Strides Heritage Performance Festival 2013:
Upper School Orchestra – gold
World Strides Heritage Performance Festival 2012:
Upper School Orchestra – gold 


List of 9 members.

  • Kristin Herkstroeter 

    Music Department Chair; MS/US Strings
    Baldwin Wallace College - BME
    University of Cincinnati - MM
    Florida State University - Ph.D.
  • Nick  Alvarez 

    String Teacher
    University of North Texas - BM
    Roosevelt University - MM
    Arizona State University - DMA
  • Bill Brendle 

    Director of Vocal Jazz; Music Teacher
  • Ashley Nguyen 

    Music Teacher
    University of California, Los Angeles - BA
  • Nathaniel Coyne 

    LS, MS and US Instrumental Music Teacher
    Crane School of Music - BM
    California Institute of the Arts - MFA
  • Kimberly Gonzalez 

    LS and MS Instrumental Music Teacher
    Samford University - BA
    Florida State University - MM
  • Marisa McLeod 

    Teacher of Instrumental Music in the Suzuki Program
    Montclair State Collete - BM
    Eastman School of Music - MM
  • Laurie Montgomery 

    PS Music Teacher
  • Eleni Pantages 

    Teacher of Choral Music
    USC Thornton School of Music - BA
    USC Rossier School of Education - MAT