Bobby Ortiz and Jean-Michel Cousteau

Alumnus Bobby Ortiz (BM tuba) is studying for his MS in Marine Biology
at Hawaii Pacific University. He won the Marine Aquarium Society of
North America (MASNA) Scholarship. He traveled to Dallas last week to accept the award. Bobby is pictured here with Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Nathan Stark at Virginia Opera

Alumnus Nathan Stark open this week as Nourabad in Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. The Virginia Opera’s Facebook page has an interview with Nate here. It mentions that, “singing the role of Filippo II in Don Carlo has been my favorite role to date.” When asked about his favorite venue, he responded, “In my shower at home. It’s a safe environment, clean, nobody cares if you crack a high note, and nobody judges you for singing terrible operatic renditions of Justin Bieber songs. LOL. But seriously, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City is such a magical venue, so much history there and a great company to work for.”

Trumpet Students visit Yamaha Atelier

Yamaha Artist and BCCM Area Director fo Brass Rob Frear (seated) took students from his trumpet studio to tour the Yamaha Atelier. Pictured (from left to right) are Gabe Garnett, Casey Martin, Esther Hood (Yamaha Intern summer 2012) and Aki Ross.

Brad Dutz’s Other Three

Lecturer Brad Dutz was featured in the Sunday News Press & Leader, a Glendale paper. His photo was splashed on the front page with an article touting his new CD, “The Three and the Two,” recorded by his trio, the Other Three. The CD is based on Drummer Shelly Manne’s 1954 album of the same name. You can see the online version of the article here.

55th Monterey Jazz Festival

Big Phat BandFour faculty members will be performing at the world-famous Monterey Jazz Festival this year. Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Jarvis will appear as trumpet soloist with the U.S. AIr Force Band of the Golden West, and Sal Lozano, Dan Fornero and Jay Mason will be performing with the Big Phat Band. The festival takes place September 21-23.

Jeff Jarvis also served as a judge for the 2012 Next Generation Jazz Festival.



Josh Nelson touring with Natalie Cole

Josh NelsonAlumnus Josh Nelson (jazz piano) is in Louisiana touring with Natalie Cole. He has several local shows coming up: Friday, September 7th at LACMA with Anthony Wilson and with the same group on September 8th at the Blue Whale. Josh is in residence at the Blue Whale Wednesdays in December.

Tp keep up with Josh’s busy schedule of touring, recording, arranging, and CDs, please visit his website.

You can also watch his “behind-the-scenes” video on the making of “Discoveries” his CD based on early science fiction films.

The Amazing Dr. John Barcellona

Beloved Faculty member, Dr. Barcellona, gave a masterclass and recital at Snow College in Ephraim, UT with April Clayton, Professor of Flute at BYU.  The National Flute Association has just published their Pedagogy Anthology Vol 2 for the 40th anniversary of the NFA .Dr. B wrote an article for the Anthology entitled “Perfecting Intonation”. On Septemeber 15th he will be playing a concert of piano sextets with the Westwood Wind Quintet at the Crystal Records Concert Hall in Camus, WA.

Dr. Barcellona opened our year at the Bob Cole Conservatory playing his new “glissando head joint” on a piece by Robert Dick based on the amazing Jimi Hendrix. Dr. B, AKA “The Flute Doctor,” has run many marathons to raise money for the woodwind program at the BCCM. The university newsletter ran a great article about him in 2010.

Adriana Verdie in Argentina

Adriana VerdieComposition/Theory faculty member Dr. Adriana Verdie gave lectures in Argentina in August. She gave a talk called “Raices” to composers and music theory students at the University of La Plata, emphasizing the value of theory in musicians’ formative years and the importance of counterpoint for all music degrees. She also spoke about graduate studies in the US. She presented four of her compositions, and donated scores and recordings for their archives.

Dr. Verdie worked on a new ballet, “Aconcagua,” with a librettist in Mendoza. While in Mendoza, she presented her music in a series of workshops sponsored by the Masters in Interpretation of Latin-American Music of the XX Century. Additionally, she met with faculty at the College of the Arts at the National University of Cuyo. She was subsequently invited to present a composition workshop there in March, 2013, and also to work with the Choir of the City of Mendoza: a prestigious choral ensemble. While she is there, they will present a concert featuring her music, and she will start a collaborative work for the 2014 music Festival. They have requested she apply for a Fulbright grant to give lectures in the Musicianship, Choral Conducting and Composition of the Music Department at UNCuyo.

Courtney Gasque to sing with Vox Femina

Courtney GasqueAlumna Courtney Gasque auditioned for and was accepted into Vox Femina, one of the premiere women’s choruses in the United States.

Vox Femina’s concert series includes performances at Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School next to DIsney Concert Hall. Tickets are available here.