Anthony Moreno wins the MET district audition

Baritone Anthony Moreno won the MET district audition. This is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations, Anthony.

Next for Anthony is the regional competition on November 4 at Zipper Hall.

Alexandra Roderick (MM opera) was given an Encouragement Award. BCCM has a history of students faring well in the MET auditions. Most recently, Nathan Stark sang in the Western Regionals and Marina Harris won the 2nd prize overall in the Regionals. Both are enjoying professional operatic careers.

Ron Mitchell in The Grapes of Wrath

Alumnus Ron Mitchell will be performing the role of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath by Ricky Ian Gordon this winter. It will be the Chicago premiere of the work. Gordon will work with the company on the production.

Althea Waites and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Pianist Althea Waites was one of eight guest artists who participated in a concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The event was sponsored by MUSIC UNTOLD, a Long Beach cultural organization which focuses on diversity in the arts via new music, concerts, film, community outreach programs, and theater presentations. The September 22 concert featured music from the Civil War era, pieces by African-American composers, and other works from the opera repertoire. KUSC will broadcast the concert, date TBA. Ms. Waites also premiered a work on her September 23 FAS recital by Curt Cacioppo, whose music is featured on her new album, “Celebration: Music of American Composers,” scheduled to be released on October 15.

Dr. Valentina Gottlieb returns from European engagements

Piano Faculty member Dr. Valentina Gottlieb returned from the 8th SUMMERTIME, the International Festival in Latvia. Leading opera singers, chamber and symphony orchestras, jazz groups from Austria, Italy, Germany, USA, UK, Spain and Latvia gave two concerts daily for a week in August. Latvian Radio, TV and newspapers provided full coverage. Besides a recital with the violinist D. Lisker Dr. Gottlieb gave piano and chamber music Master Classes. Level of students from European music colleges was high. Kulturas Diena newspaper wrote: “Violinist David Lisker’s performance in excellent collaboration with pianist Valentina Gottlieb demonstrated a cultivated artistic taste, skilful use of timbral colors and nuanced emotionality.

Grand Opening Celebration

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Bob Cole Conservatory hosted Regena Cole, university dignitaries, faculty, staff, and students, and guests for the grand opening of the Bob Cole Plaza and Pavilion. Mrs. Cole cut the ribbon, officially opening the pavilion where her late husband Bob Cole’s beloved Steinway will reside. Seen in the picture above is Regena Cole cutting the ribbon and John Carnahan, Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory.

One of the features of the renovation is an outdoor amphitheater, pictured here with the overflow crowd for the opening. The Award winning Pacific Standard Time performed at the amphitheater. As guests arrived, they were greeted by the soothing sounds of the Bob Cole Pan Band and brass ensembles, as well as a performance on the Bob Cole Steinway.

At the conclusion of the outdoor festivities, guests were treated to a gala performance of most of the Bob Cole Conservatory ensembles in the Karen and Richard Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Carolyn Bremer at SCI Festival

BCCM Department Chair Carolyn Bremer will be serving as Composer-in-Residence of the SCI festival at West Texas A&M Oct 5 and 6. In addition to giving a presentation on Listening as a Composer, she’ll hear six of her works performed over the two-day festival.

The Bob Cole Plaza and Pavilion Dedication

Please join us for the grand opening of the newly completed Bob Cole Plaza and Pavilion on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Outdoor pre-festivities begin with the Steel Drum Ensemble performing at 1:30; the formal dedication program starts at 2:00. Accompanying the program will be the award-winning Pacific Standard Time Vocal Jazz ensemble and brass ensembles. Keyboard students will perform on Bob Cole’s beloved Steinway, in its new permanent home, the Bob Cole Pavilion.

At 4:00, The Bob Cole Conservatory will present a free Music Celebration in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature the Chamber Choir, CSULB University Choir, University Percussion Group, Symphony Orchestra, Conservatory Jazz Combo, and University Wind Quintet. The program will conclude with the premiere of the Bob Cole Conservatory Fanfare and Anthem with music by Cole Conservatory Director John Allan Carnahan and lyrics by the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir.

Amira Bennett in recital in Washington DC

Violist Amira Bennett has been invited to perform for members of the American Academy of Nursing Fellowship Induction in Washington, DC in October. The American Academy of Nursing honors a select few nurse leaders for their extraordinary accomplishments and life-time achievements.  Dr. Bernice Coleman, an honoree, is sponsoring Amira.