Gregorio Taniguchi signs with John Alexander Singers

Gregorio TaniguchiAlumnus Gregorio Taniguchi has been offered a contract renewal with the Pacific Chorale and John Alexander Singers for the complete 2012-13 season as a staff singer. He’ll also be returning to Santa Fe in December to join the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for two weeks in their 2012 Winter concert series.

Caitlyn Ryan, National Spokesperson for JA

Caitlyn Ryan, daughter of COTA DIrector of Facilities Colleen Ryan, was interviewed on Fox News last week. Caitlyn was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at the age of three and has grown into an extraordinary young woman (age 14) who is active nationally to increase awareness about the disease. She and her family works with several organizations to raise money to fight JA. You can view the video clip here.

More info on JA.

Monica Ambalal establishing archive for Stockton Symphony

Monica AmbalalAlumna Monica Ambalal (MM musicology) was recently awarded a grant to establish an archive for the Stockton Symphony. She writes, “We have the third oldest symphony in CA – and we are without an archive. Programs from 1922 are laying in dusty bins in the basement of Pacific’s library (gasp)!  Also our current conductor cannot refer back to a record that shows when the last time Shostakovich (or whatever) was performed. So, I will be constructing a formal database which will reflect every symphony program and performer from its inception. I will also be researching our first symphony conductor and locals who played under his baton, and I will be spearheading the project, and making presentations about my experiences and findings at lectures at our college and museum. Something positive during this time of bankruptcy and extreme crime in this city.”

Monica is on the faculty at Solano College/Delta College.

Jazz icon Gerhard Guter

Alumnus Gerhard Guter designed the jazz theory and class jazz piano sequence currently in use at the Bob Cole Conservatory and is now a consultant for various CSU’s and the Musicians Institute as they look to revise and expand their commercial music offerings.  He earned operator’s certifications in Pro Tools (music) and Icon Worksurfaces and his work for instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles is published through UNC Jazz Press, Walrus Music Publishing, and Sound Music Publications.  He will be teaching his twenty-fourth higher education music course at Cypress College this semester and is completing work on Vocalogy “Refilled” as producer, trumpeter, vocalist, editor, and arranger.  Other current projects include commissions for the Colorado All-State Jazz Choir and an as yet unnamed album project featuring the music of Scott Joplin.

Stephen Anastasia signs contract with LA Opera

Stephen AnastasiaAlumnus Stephen Anastasia has been hired as a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona, teaching Voice and Voice Class starting Fall ’12. He also received his first contract as a chorister with LA Opera. He will be singing “Der fliegende Holländer” with them in March.

After completing his BM at CSULB, Stephen earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance at UC Irvine. He has performed with Opera Pacific and was a featured alumnus with the UCI Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Stephen Tucker as Marcello in Act III of La Bohème and in the title role of Gianni Schicchi.

Stephen’s solo concert credits include Messiah with the Long Beach Camerata Singers & Orchestra and Carmina Burana with the Inland Valley Sympony & Temecula Valley Master ChoraleMr. Anastasia has also performed as a soloist with Downtown Opera (a subsidiary of Long Beach Opera), Center Stage Opera, the Music Companie of Hollywood, A Little Dickens, ASCAP Music Theater Workshop, The Verdi Chorus, Chorale Bel Canto and with the Accademia San Felice, Tuscany Amadeus Festival in Florence, Italy.

Nicola Said wins Malta Arts Scholarship

Alumna Nicola Said has been awarded first place in the Malta Arts Scholarships 2012 organized by the Malta Council for Culture and Arts. The scholarship covers all tuition and help towards living costs. Nicola begins her Masters in Performance studies this fall at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she will be studying with renowned soprano, Yvonne Kenny.

Robert Matheson, DMA.

Alumnus Robert Matheson graduated with a DMA in double bass performance from the University of Arizona this summer. He is beginning his second year teaching bass and theory at Dixie State College in St. George, UT and playing in the orchestra at Tuacahn Amphitheater. His composition, “Desert Fragments” was recently premiered by the Reedy-Hoeflicker Duo at the National Flute Association convention in Las Vegas.

Robert designed a MIDI double bass and composed a work for it which you can view on youtube here: Curiouser and Curiouser. He writes of it: “The title of this piece comes from Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “Curiouser and Curiouser” does not follow a set program, but addresses topics that have stood out to me while reading, listening to, and watching Carroll’s story with my two young children. The sounds are sampled from various recorded forms of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, manipulated and edited using Digital Performer, Peak, and Metasynth, with additional live manipulation through Reason. This is the first composition for the MIDI double bass, an instrument that I designed and created as part of a minor in electro-acoustic music at the University of Arizona. Work on the MIDI double bass was made possible by partial funding from the Peter Treistman Creative Project Award.”

Delta Nove at LB Funk Fest

Delta Nove at Long Beach Funk FestAlumni Nic Chaffee and Justin Padilla closed the Long Beach Funk Fest last weekend. Legendary guitarist Dennis Coffey joined their band Delta Nove. Coffey, a pioneer in funk, recorded such hits as “Cloud Nine”, “Ball of Confusion” and “Psychedelic Shack” by The Temptations; Edwin Starr’s “War”;  Diana Ross & The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together”; and Freda Payne’s #3 hit “Band of Gold”.

Delta Nove is scheduled to perform at the Lazy Summer Daze Festival in Pinecrest, CA, and the Mammoth Rocks Festival next weekend.

Mindi Ehrlich in “Madwomen”

Alumna Mindi Ehrlich is performing in “Madwomen,” a new musical, presented in concert at the NoHo Arts Center on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 8:00PM.

Songwriter Hannah Johnson is astonished to find herself in a psychiatric hospital with the residents who claim to be the very “madwomen” she learned about in her women’s studies class: Vivien Leigh, Zelda Fitzgerald, Mary Todd Lincoln, Camille Claudel, and Queen Juana “La Loca” of Castile.

The NoHo Arts Center is located at 11136 Magnolia, North Hollywood, CA 91601.  Tickets are available through ANMT’s website.

Laptop Ensemble at Soundwalk 2012

BCCM Laptop EnsembleThe Cole Conservatory Laptop Ensemble, Martin Herman, Director, will be taking part in Soundwalk 2012. They will perform on September 1st at Fingerprints on E. 4th in the East Village of Long Beach from 6:00 – 10:00pm. Soundwalk is in its 9th year of presenting pure sonic art as well as works integrating any combination of the visual, conceptual and performative with the aural. Featured will be sculptures, environments, performances and installations. This year’s event will continue the exploration of the concept of connectivity (spatial, geographical, personal, disciplinary etc.). Alumnus Seth Shafer will also perform; he’ll be playing at the ARTX galleries at 370 E 3rd St. More info.

Rena Urso-Trapani at the National Flute Convention

Rena Urso-Trapani and Alcyone EnsembleAdjunct instructor of flute and alumnae Rena Urso-Trapani performed several works at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas in August. Rena performed Tracoline by Donjon with Alcyone Ensemble and guest accordionist Anne Charboneau.  She also took part in Una Piccolo Sinfonia by Matthew King, British composer and member of the composition faculty at the Guildhall School. Una Piccolo Sinfonia is scored for for nine piccolos.

Next summer, Rena will teach a CSU Summer Arts course entitled, “Comprehensive Flute Seminar” at CSU Monterey Bay.

Alumnus Randy Drake touring Australia

Randy DrakeAlumnus and adjunct lecturer Randy Drake will be performing in Australia from August 17 to September 12 with the LA-based jazz ensemble SAN GABRIEL 7, Queensland’s award-winning jazz singer Ingrid James, and seventime winner of “Trombonist of the Year” from Downbeat Magazine, the legendary Bill Watrous.  Sponsored by the Local Government Association of Queensland, this Queensland Regional Tour will include performances in Brisbane, Noosa, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville, and Magnetic Island, as well as workshops and clinics with community and professional groups, schools, colleges, and universities.

Randy begins his third year of study toward a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara this fall. He was appointed Teaching Associate for the Music and Popular Culture in America course.

Hermes Camacho Composer & Conductor

Hermes CamachoAlumnus Hermes Camacho has been named Assistant Conductor of Austin Soundwaves. Austin Soundwaves is an El Sistemap-inspired non-profit music program providing free music lessons to the students in Austin, TX under the auspices of the Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts in Collaboration with UT Austin’s College of Fine Arts.

Hermes served on the Composition Faculty for the Southwestern College Summer Festival of Music this past June in Winfield, Kansas.