Jotaro Nakano Named Conducting Fellow at LB Symphony

Alumnus Jotaro Nakano is now the Conducting Fellow for the Long Beach Symphony, succeeding alumnus Mark Alpizar who is pursuing his DMA at ASU.

Long Beach Symphony celebrates its 81st season in 2015-2016. The Symphony also provides a sequential, comprehensive music education program serving over 24,000 local school children with access to music at their schools, local libraries, hospitals, and community centers, as well as School Ensembles & Youth Concerts for EVERY Long Beach 2nd – 5th grader in the public school system.

American Youth Symphony ads BCCM Students and Alumni

Sophomore Joseph Mora (tuba), Senior Tim Jensen (bass), and MM students Emma McAllister and Momo Enchev (violins) successfully auditioned into the American Youth Symphony. Geoun Shin (violin) and alumni Nina Kang (violin) Annie Reed (viola), and Joy Yi (viola) are continuing members. Alumna Christie Glaser (flute) is on the sub list. Pictured are Emma McAlliser, Tim Jensen, Annie Reed, and Momo Enchev.

The American Youth Symphony provides professional training for musicians through a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. Competitively selected, Fellows receive a full scholarship, have the opportunity to perform at Royce Hall and work alongside world class guest artists.

Their first concert featured Star Trek Into Darkness performed live to picture, conducted by David Newman and special guest Composer Michael Giacchino, pictured here with Emma McAllister.

Solomon Liang Play Korngold with Holland Symphony

Alumnus Solomon Liang performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Holland Symphony (Michigan) to open their Classics Season this past weekend.

This past summer, Solomon attended Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Workshop, and served as Faculty String Quartet in Residence for Interlochen Summer Arts Camp with the Judson String Quartet. An advocate of community outreach, he has presented 22 outreach performances as the Quartet in Residence for Banff’s 11th International String Quartet Competition, and brought educational performances to public schools in Northeast Ohio through Sykora Educational Scholarship Fund.

Amber Alarcòn in “Tsar’s Bride”

Alumna Amber Alarcòn performed in the Independent Opera Company’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Tsar’s Bride” at West LA’s Lutheran Church of the Master. She received an great review in Singerpreneur: “Amber Alarcon was delightful as Dunyasha, the darling confidante of the soprano lead, Marfa, singing with a warm, clean mezzo and a captivating stage presence.”

Kathi Rundus Releases new Textbook

Dr. Kathi Rundus book, “Cantabile Voice Class,” was released by Pavane Publishers. It is a lower division text book for Voice classes and follows Dr. RUndus’s 2009 vocal pedagogy book “Cantabile.” “Choral Cantabile” is set for a 2016 release by Pavane.

Additionally, she was chosen to be a presenter at the CASMEC convention in San Jose in February 2016. The presentation will equip choral directors with  ”best practice” techniques in teaching breath management  to choral ensembles.

Althea Waites to Solo with Southeast Symphony

Althea Waites will be guest soloist in a performance of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy for the opening concert of the Southeast Symphony. The orchestra is now in residence at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles.

“African-American music teachers were determined to create an orchestra where African-American musicians – most notably, their students – could learn orchestral repertoire and ensemble performance, a place where Blacks could prepare for careers in the great orchestras of the world and the music pits of Broadway and the opera world; a place where African-American musicians could prepare for the challenges of the recording studios of Los Angeles, and the movie studios of Hollywood; and even a place where African-American concert-goers could go to enjoy the music of the great masters in comfort. It was in this context that one of those music teachers, Mabel Massengill Gunn, gathered her colleagues, most who lived in an area of Los Angeles that is southeast of the city’s downtown sector, and formed The Southeast Symphony.” credit