Director of Vocal Music
Adrian Rangel-Sanchez has been the director of Vocal Music at PHS since the second year of Portola High School history. An Irvine native, Mr. Rangel graduated from University High School prior to completing a B.A. in Music Education at IVC and CSU Fullerton. In addition to directing, Mr. Rangel also plays piano, guitar, and bass guitar. He also serves as Vocal Music Director for the annual musical theater production put on by the Performing Arts Department. In his spare time, Mr. Rangel enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Teaching music is his greatest passion and he is incredibly grateful to be able to work with the compassionate and dedicated music students of Portola each and every day. He is an active member of the California Choral Directors Association and the Southern California Vocal Association.
Director of Instrumental Music
Desmond Stevens grew up in Irvine and graduated in one of the first few classes at Northwood High School when it first opened. While earning a BA in Music Education and a BA in Sociology at UCLA, Mr. Stevens traveled the globe with performing ensembles from the university. After graduating, Mr. Stevens earned his Masters in Musicology from UC Riverside where he studied the music of Latin America. Now back in his hometown, Mr. Stevens helped open Portola High School as its first music teacher. He is now very excited to have Mr. Rangel and Mr. Traska join in on the adventure of growing PHS into a comprehensive music program and to build a reputation of having the most respectable and innovative programs in the country.
Director of Instrumental Music
Kyle Traska is a native of Wisconsin and has been living and working in Southern California since the fall of 2012. Mr. Traska began his musical journey studying piano, then added violin and percussion and played all three throughout high school. Mr. Traska's studies and performances have allowed him to travel both nationally and internationally, notably with the Youngblood Brass Band and with G.R.E.S. Sereno de Campo Grande. Mr. Traska has worked with music ensembles in the marching, classical, jazz, rock, and world music settings and is excited to share his love and passion for music of all genres with his students.
Student Teacher - Vocal Music
Nina Crecia is the new student teacher for Vocal Music at Portola High School. Originally from Germany, she recently graduated from California State University Fullerton (CSUF) with her Master of Music in Composition, where she wrote, edited and produced an entirely virtual opera of ’The Little Prince’. She is now pursuing her teaching credential through CSUF to become a choir director. In her spare time, she loves reading, hiking, and spending quality time with her family and the new family addition, cat Katara. Nina is grateful for the opportunity to get to work with vocal director Mr. Rangel, and she looks forward to making music with the wonderful students at Portola.
Marching Percussion Coach