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April 13–14, 2018

Burbank, California

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The stage and lighting for each group is some of the best I have ever seen!
Shane Coe, Choreographer
You'll never be able to go elsewhere, because it will be the unanimous competition season favorite!
Adam Peters, Show Choir Live
It's not just a slice of California show choir, it's a slice of California show-biz.
Alex Hall, Choreographer
Well organized
Top Notch
Christopher Brush, Adjudicator
John Burroughs truly understands how to run a competition!
Ben Schrank, Choreographer

About Music Showcase's Hosts

BURROUGHS MUSIC SHOWCASE is a production of the John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association (VMA). Under the direction of Mr. Brendan Jennings, over 200 students comprise the VMA in four curricular choirs, three extra­curricular ensembles and two technical theater classes. The advanced-mixed choir, Powerhouse, is one of the most recognized show choirs in the country, having appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing With the Stars, The CBS Evening News and NBC’s The Voice. They were featured in the 2010 British documentary Gleeful — The Real Show Choirs of America and performed in Cathay Pacific's annual Chinese New Year’s Night Parade in Hong Kong on February 3, 2011. In August 2011, 15 members traveled to Beijing, China as part of the Beijing Municipal Foreign Affair’s Office Global Grand Gathering of Boys and Girls, broadcast on China Central Television. Powerhouse has won numerous championships across the country and is the only group in the nation to have won the FAME Show Choir Cup three times.

Dates Announced for 2018 Competition

BURBANK, July 2017

In preparation for next year's contest, the dates have officially been announced. Music Showcase will be held on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th in 2018. Registration is now open for this event.

Plans Underway for 2017 Music Showcase

BURBANK, September 2016

Registration is now open for choirs wishing to attend next spring's competition at John Burroughs High School. Dates are Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, 2017. The hosts are planning to have beautiful sunny weather for this year's festival, though hosting in the rain was a ton of fun this past year! Same great venue, sound, lighting and the award-winning Burroughs tech crew running the show. The solo competition, with encore performances at the Saturday afternoon awards, promises to be another incredible display of talent. Register now while space is still available!

Registration open for Music Showcase 2016

BURBANK, August 2015

We are now taking applications for the 2016 edition of Music Showcase. Some small changes are in place, including the addition of a Advanced Women's Tier 1 and Tier 2 divisions. The solo competition, which had over 40 students competing last year, will focus this year on more concrete feedback for the students. Also for show choirs, in addition to the free instant director's DVD copy of your school's performance, this year Argent Visuals will be providing free digital downloads of the whole competition for all participants. Carmen Show Choir Scoring will be back with their instant results emailed to directors just moments after the awards ceremony and of course we pride ourselves on some of the best sound, lighting and FOOD of any competition in the nation. Join us for an incredible two days of music!

Music Showcase Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

BURBANK, June 2014

Registration is now open for the 30th Annual Music Showcase competition at John Burroughs High School. The event will be held on April 10-11, 2015. The event has changed a lot over the years. Originally the competition had just one show choir division and was hosted like an evening concert. Now the two day event has ten show choir divisions, a concert choir division, a solo competition and an outdoor food court and stage. The relaxed "music festival" feel of this competition is a contrast to the fierce competition on the stage. The diverse panel of expert adjudicators from across the country will have a tough job with some of the best groups in the country vying for the title of Grand Champion. Whether you come to compete or just to watch, the 30th anniversary promises to be something special!

2014 Competition Will Be Bigger Than Ever!

BURBANK, July 2013

The 2014 edition of Music Showcase is now in the planning stages. With increased registration and interest over the past year, the next installment is scheduled to expand to six show choir sessions, starting on Friday morning (April 11th 2014) and concluding on Saturday night (April 12th 2014). This year we will be offering Novice categories for both high school mixed and high school women’s show choirs. In doing so the competition hopes to include the plethora of new show choirs starting in the wake of the Glee phenomenon. The schedule of events will be a little different with the Advanced Women moving to the primetime spot on Friday night. Please check out the Rules and Regulations page for more information.

Dates For 28th Annual Competition Announced

BURBANK, April 2012

April 12-13, 2013 has been announced as the dates for the 28th Annual Burroughs Music Showcase, hosted by the John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association. High school and middle school choirs from across the nation are invited compete in nine divisions: Concert Choir, Advanced Mixed Show Choir, Advanced Women’s Show Choir, Men’s Show Choir, Intermediate Women Show Choir, Intermediate Mixed Show Choir (High School) and Mixed Show Choir, Girl’s Show Choir (Middle School). A soloist competition will also be held. Directors may enter their choirs at the contest website:

Los Alamitos and Mt. Eden High Schools Big Winners

BURBANK, April 2012

The choirs of Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, CA and Mt. Eden High School, Hayward, CA both took home a total of nine trophies at the conclusion of the 27th Annual Burroughs Music Showcase. Los Alamitos trophies came in the Advanced Mixed Show Choir division (first place AAA, outstanding musicianship, outstanding showmanship), the Advanced Women’s Show Choir division (first place, outstanding musicianship, outstanding showmanship), the Men’s Show Choir division (first place, outstanding showmanship) and Intermediate Women’s (third place). Mt. Eden’s awards were in Intermediate Mixed Show Choir (first place, outstanding showmanship, outstanding musicianship), Men’s Show Choir (second place, outstanding musicianship), Concert Choir (first place to the Mt. Eden Chamber Singers, second place to the Mt. Eden Concert Choir) and Intermediate Solo Competition (a tie for third place between two Mt. Eden soloists). Other division winners were Carlsbad HS (Intermediate Women), Hart HS (Advanced Mixed AA), David Starr Jordan MS (Middle School Intermediate Mixed) and Muir MS (Middle School Girls). Over 1400 students in 38 choirs competed in the two- day event, hosted by the John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association.

Plans for 27th Annual Competition Underway

BURBANK, Oct 2011

Burroughs Music Showcase, presented for the 27th time by the Vocal Music Association of John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA will be held April 13-14, 2012. High School choirs will compete in five show choir divisions – advanced mixed, advanced women’s, men’s, intermediate mixed and intermediate women’s, as well as a concert choir division. New for this year is the addition of a division for middle school show choirs.

Burroughs choral director Brendan Jennings says Showcase, as it is often referred, is a highlight for many choirs in the competition circuit. “We’re very fortunate to have such terrific resources at our disposal. We can guarantee competing choirs that our lighting, audio and organization will be topnotch, and that our judging panel will include industry professionals as well as show choir experts who can give a fresh perspective in their critiques. It also doesn’t hurt that we have some of the countries top tourist destinations right in our own back yard.”

Jennings says the new middle school division grew out of the strong relationship Burroughs has with its own feeder middle schools. “Much of our choirs’ success at Burroughs is due to the fact the kids entering our program come well-trained. Anything we can do to promote performing arts education in our middle schools is a plus for us.”

Also for the first time, Showcase will be a two-day affair. “Last year, we had 30 show choirs performing – plus three concert choirs and about 25 soloists; all on one very long Saturday,” Jennings said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to make the event less strenuous on our judges and volunteers, as well accommodate a few more choirs.”

Further information on Showcase can be obtained at the event website,, or by email: