Alice Hughes by Barbara Smith, Registrar
For Alice Hughes, music is not only a passion but a lifestyle. Born in San Jose and raised in Santa Cruz, Alice found her way to PCS in the early days of the school after noticing the need for a choral program. As she is not one to back down from a challenge, Alice quickly filled this need by developing one the highest quality high school choral programs in the Santa Cruz County. Her choirs have gone on to win the highest rankings in many music festivals throughout California and year after year her students are accepted into middle and high school honors choirs all the way up to the state level.
A natural teacher, Alice’s passion for not only music but music education is infectious. “Everyone can sing” is not an exaggeration for Alice. She is able to pull the musician and musical talent out of each and every student she works with. As a result, she has inspired several of her past choral students to pursue their interest in music composition as well as to continue their music education at some of the country’s most prestigious music colleges.
After finishing high school at Santa Cruz High, Alice received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific and later her Master’s degree from Bethany University. A life-long committed learner, she frequently attends choral workshops and conferences. When asked what she does in her free time, Alice will excitedly reply “What free time?!” as she fills every ounce of her life with her passion: music. Outside of PCS, Alice can be found giving private vocal lessons, acting, publishing and arranging music, rehearsing, and running PSALM—a non-profit organization she founded for Orthodox Church musicians.
Though she is a dedicated teacher and performer, Alice is first and foremost a mother and proud grandmother. She travels regularly to the east coast to visit her two children and two grandchildren.