Christopher Johnstone in Hometown Caberet

Alumnus Christopher Johnstone took his first cabaret in his hometown, Cedar Rapids, Iowa for three performances at “Brucemore’s Cabaret in the Courtyard.”

A review on Hoopla notes, “Johnstone possesses a lovely example of the classic Broadway voice. He knows how to shape a phrase and use dynamics to tell a story, and his voice is warm in the lower registers and sweet in the upper registers. He can impressively sustain a note, adding texture as he does so, and he uses the skill to great effect at the end of numbers. It’s easy to hear why he’s found success in the world of Broadway shows.”

Alumni at Tanglewood

Alumni Alyssa Wills and Simon Barrad shared the stage in a production of Britten’s “Albert Herring” in Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. They also participated in the world premiere of David Lang’s Where you go for 12 solo voices.

Beth Peregrine Sings with Golden Bridge Consort

Alumnus Beth Peregrine will join the Golden Bridge Consort, under conductor Suzi Digby OBE, for the ensemble’s second concert, September 19th at 8PM. This years ensemble features 16 singers and will feature newly commissioned pieces from both Stephen Hartke and Bill Cunliffe (two time Grammy award winning jazz pianist and composer).

Jazz at the Beach in Inside CSULB

Jazz at the Beach is featured in August’s Inside CSULB. Author Rick Manly notes: “Professional recognition has been consistent including the program’s recent receipt of five Downbeat Magazine awards naming the Concert Jazz Orchestra for the second year as Best Large Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate College category. And Christine Guter has led the vocal jazz program to four consecutive Downbeat wins in the Graduate College Vocal Jazz Category.”

Leaav Sofer at Colburn

The Colburn School’s Facebook page shared this quote from alumnus Leeav Sofer: “Music…doesn’t see color; it doesn’t see race; it doesn’t see gender. Music is beyond that; it transcends that. Whether you have kids from schools that have never been able to sing before, or affluent kids that have been singing since their toddler age, you put them both in a room and give them a song to sing, and the joy in that room will just be completely astounding.

“It will bring them all together in this one place for this one cause that is bigger than them as individuals, and instead brings all of their individual voices together as one voice. And I think something like music, being able to do that, is something really important to remember and to keep these kids coming back for more.” – Leeav Sofer, #SummerEncounter15 voice faculty

Bob Cole at 47th International Horn Symposium

Several current and former students and faculty participated in the 47th International Horn Symposium held at the Colburn School: Brian Shetland and Gabi Mocilnikar performed Peaslee’s “The Devil’s Harold” for tuba, four horns, four wagner tuben, and percussion.

Melisandra Teteris gave a presentation on “Arvīds Klišāns and the Preservation of the Latvian Horn Tradition.” Sarah Krueger participated in a master class with Eli Epstein. The Quintessential Winds with alumni Ryan Murray, Maralynne Mann, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Adrian Dunker also performed. Those participating and attending include: Katy Robinson, Christian Siquerios, Liam Lacey, Mark Ghiassi, Jenny Serda, and Brian Shetland, along with current and former faculty Jim Atkinson and Dylan Skye Hart.

In addition to performing in groups and masterclasses, attending recitals by some of the elite horn players, participants attended a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and played in a flash mob of hundreds of horn players in downtown LA.