Los Alamitos Show Choir
Dr. Carp moved on to other challenges at the end of the 2008 school year, and officials began a nationwide search for her replacement.They found the program’s current teacher, David Moellenkamp, in the most unlikely of places-at a small town high school in rural southern Illinois. And so, in 2009, David Moellenkamp moved from Sullivan, Illinois-with a total population of 4, 400-to take over the choir program at Los Alamitos High School with a total enrollment of just over 3, 000 students.
It might have been a bit of a culture shock for the gifted choir teacher with his mid-western upbringing. But for the community of Los Alamitos, it turned out that his arrival was exactly what the choir program needed.Since coming on board, Moellenkamp has refocused and re-energized the choir program. Today, with close to 400 students in seven groups, the choir program is now the single largest school activity on campus with one out of every eight students at Los Al taking part.
Perhaps, the biggest change he made after arriving on campus was to turn Los’Al’s choir program into a competitive force.
An experienced veteran of show choir competitions with more than 100 First Place/Grand Championships to his credit when he arrived, Moellenkamp began entering competitions throughout Southern California.
In short order, Los Al not only began competing for national championships in venues like the Grand Old Opry and at the FAME Nationals in Chicago….they also began to win.