And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17

At Crean Lutheran High School, we use our gifts joyfully as a response to the gift he first gave us: His Son Jesus Christ! The Crean Lutheran campus is alive with the sounds of four choirs, five instrumental ensembles, and two student-led worship teams.  Over 200 student musicians have dedicated their time at Crean Lutheran to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through music!

All students are invited to audition for one or more of our CLHS Music Ensembles.

CLHS Music Ensembles

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

Honors Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra is a full-scale, auditioned ensemble that performs all genres of orchestral literature.  This group performs for all major concerts and events, both on and off campus. A String Quartet is also assembled from Honors Orchestra.

All students with instrumental experience are invited to apply (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion)

Concert Band (Honors)

This ensemble mirrors the instrumentation of the historic Marching Band or Field Band. Using Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion, students will perform a vast amount of repertoire that ranges from arrangements of Baroque and Classical music, to Modern music and Rock music.

As part of Honors Concert Band, a Jazz Band and Jazz Combo will also perform throughout the year. The Jazz Band is a “Big Band” style ensemble. We play traditional big band swing, as well as latin, afro-cuban, funk, and rock.

String Orchestra

String Orchestra performs a wide variety of string orchestral literature.  This group focuses on music fundamentals and performance techniques.

Students with all levels of string experience are welcome to audition!

Percussion Ensemble

This ensemble uses all types of percussion instruments to create music and have fun. From xylophones to snare drums, and shakers to hi-hats, students will learn to read, play, improvise, and compose for all things percussion.

The only requirement for this ensemble is a willingness to learn!


Concert Handbells is a non-auditioned handbell ensemble comprised of 6-12 ringers. The ensemble performs at most major concerts throughout the year, and takes part in annual festivals. The repertoire played in this ensemble follows many styles and typically fits within a 2-4 octave range of bells.

All are encouraged to join!

Choral Music

Choral Music

Honors Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is a 16 voice select SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir, auditioned from Concert Choir. This group travels often around Orange County, singing multiple times throughout the year as ambassadors for Crean Lutheran High School and joins the Concert Choir on all tours.

If there are open spots, auditions take place at the beginning of each school year.

Concert Choir (Honors)

Concert Choir is an auditioned 40-50 member SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) mixed choir. As the flagship vocal ensemble at CLHS this choir performs at all major concerts both on and off campus. Concert Choir tours annually across California and the nation.

All students are invited to audition.

Men's Chorus

Men’s Chorus is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble, available to all men on campus. They will perform for all major concerts.

No audition is required.

Women's Chorus

Women’s Chorus is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble, available to all women on campus. They will perform for all major concerts.

No audition is required.

Worship Teams

Worship Teams at CLHS are taught by Mr. Dawson and supervised by Pastor Tim Unke. These ensembles regularly lead the school in song during chapel services. Additionally, these ensembles receive technical instruction by Mr. Dylan Busdeicker.

Worship Teams

Honors Worship Team

Honors Worship Team assists with leading worship both on and off campus multiple times throughout the school year. This premier ensemble is made up of musicians with multiple years of worship leading experience. Auditions for this ensemble begin each year in early spring.

Worship Team

Worship Team assists with leading worship both on and off campus multiple times throughout the school year. Made up of students who are still developing musicianship foundations, this ensemble focusses on the fundamentals of note, rhythm, and chord reading, basic music theory, and harmonization. Students are recommended to audition for this ensemble after playing their desired instrument for 1-2 years.