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Burroughs High puts spotlight on its choirs in ‘Pop Show 40: Change the World’

John Burroughs High School is presenting “Pop Show 40: Change the World,” showcasing the award-winning Powerhouse and Sound Sensations advanced choirs, as well as the Decibelles, Sound Waves choirs and Men at Work choirs this weekend.

Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at the school, located at 1920 W. Clark Ave, Burbank.

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Presented by Burroughs’ Vocal Music Assn., the production features a variety of small groups, duos and soloists performing music and choreography they have chosen themselves, as well as a special performance by the school’s dance ensemble.


In total, “Pop Show 40” features more than 200 students, as well as select students from the Burroughs Instrumental Music Assn.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Pop Show, which was launched in the fall of 1978, by Mary Rago, who, at the time, was the vocal music director of Burroughs High.

Rago was succeeded as director in 2006 by her former student, Brendan Jennings, who is now assisted by artistic director and former student Jen Oundjian, musical director Dan Scoville and a team of choreographers.

Along with Pop Show 40, the choirs will be busy this spring competing in numerous regional competitions, traveling to Boston, Mass. to compete in a national show-choir competition and hosting their own music showcase on April 12 and 13, where more than 60 choirs will compete during the two-day event.


The choirs’ season will finish on May 16 with the presentation of the vocal music association’s annual spring concert.