"In the Vista Murrieta High School Choir Program, all are welcome. Whether you are the most experienced vocalist or a new musician trying to find your voice, there is a place for you here. every day our members discover and try new things, connect and react to each other, respect and respond to one another, and give their full effort in every step along the way. above all, our members bring to life beautiful music that brings out the best in us that we then share to our community and to everyone around us."

About the VMHS Choir Program

The Vista Murrieta High School Choir Program is one of the premier music organizations in Southern California. VMHS hosts five choral ensembles ranging from novice to advanced levels that each perform a variety of musical genres including classical, contemporary, pop, and jazz. The choral ensembles at Vista Murrieta participate regularly in invitation festivals throughout Southern California including the University of Redlands Chamber Choir Festival, Upland High School Jazz Choir Festival, Mira Costa College Jazz Choir Festival, Cuesta College Jazz Festival, and they have participated regularly in Choirs of America events throughout the country; most recently in Banff, Canada. 

The Choirs of VMHS perform throughout the year in various concerts on campus and in the community including a school district showcase. They also perform within the community in various holiday caroling events as well as private events. Furthermore, the VMHS Choir Program strives to have a strong presence on campus by performing in pep rallies, special school events, collaborating with the instrumental and drama departments, as well as coordinating surprise performances for school spirit and involvement.

About the Director

Mr. Zachary Krug and is thrilled to be the Choir Director at VMHS Mr. Krug has been an educator for two years since he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of Redlands. While there, Mr. Krug was heavily involved in both the choral and instrumental sides of the school of music, performing in almost every ensemble including chamber choir, opera, orchestra, and acapella.

From 2016-2018 Mr. Krug was the Director of Instrumental Music at Birmingham Community Charter High School in Van Nuys, California. While there, he helped rebuild the band program into a championship bound organization including concert, marching, jazz, and pep band ensembles as well as guitar and pit orchestra. Additionally during this time, Mr. Krug was the Assistant Choral Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills.

From Fall 2018 to Summer of 2019 Mr. Krug was the Choir Director at Dorothy McElhinney Middle School in Murrieta, California; a feeder school to VMHS. While here, Mr. Krug led the students of DMMS in three highly successful concerts and took them to a local SCVA festival where both their beginning 6th grade and their intermediate 7th/8th grade ensembles received Excellent ratings from the panel of adjudicators. Additionally, the choirs had a busy presence on campus throughout the year, performing consistently in rallies. Also, Mr. Krug took the choir program to perform at Knott's Berry Farm and to a recording workshop at the Disneyland resort. Lastly, Mr. Krug started a new advanced small ensemble singing group called Glee Club consisting of 12 singers not all from choir focused around pop, jazz, and acapella music who performed at a rally and at the final concert.

Outside of school, Mr. Krug performs as an operatic and choral soloist and chorus member. He also is asked to direct various musical projects including stage productions; most recently "Freaky Friday, "Sister Act", and "Next to Normal". Mr. Krug is also currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Vocal Chamber Music through the University of Redlands.

Mr. Krug is a member of American Choral Director's Association, California Choral Director's Association, Phi Mu Alpha.

He resides in Menifee, California with his wife, Adrianna and their dog, Lucy. 

Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Lisa J Mails Elementary School

35185 Briggs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

(951) 304-1880

Principal: Josh Fogal

Choir Director: Dina McLain


Band Director: Kirk Green


Dorothy McElhinney Middle School

35125 Briggs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

(951) 304-1885

Principal: Thomas Patane

Choir Director: Rose Taylor


Band Director: Scott Merrin


Vista Murrieta High School

28251 Clinton Keith Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

(951) 894-5750

Principal: Mick Wager

Choir Director: Zachary Krug


Band Director: Donald Wade


Assistant Band Director: Bill Fritz


Dorothy McElhinney Middle School

35125 Briggs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

(951) 304-1885

Principal: Thomas Patane

Choir Director: Rose Taylor


Band Director: Scott Merrin


Monte Vista Elementary School

37420 Via Mira Mosa, Murrieta, Ca, 92563

(951) 894-5085

Principal: Pamela Picchiottino

Warm Springs Middle School

39245 Calle De Fortuna, Murrieta, CA, 92563

(951) 696-3505

Principal: Terry Picchiottino

Choir Director: Kim Peeler


Band Director: Krystin Cowan


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