Rudy Silva blogs for the CSU Chancellor’s Office

Rudy Silva wrote a terrific blog post about studying at BCCM for the CSU Chancellor’s office.

As he writes in the post, “My goal is to become a high school music educator. Maybe, one day a music student will be looking at schools to attend and think, ‘Mr. Silva went to Cal State Long Beach. I should give it a try.’”

Nathanael Tronerud scored audiobooks nominated for Audies

Nathanael Tronerud scored two of Ellen Kusher’s audio books, Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword, both of which have been nominated for this year’s Audies. The Audies Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). The final book of the trilogy is on the horizon.

Amy Gordon in Everything Long Beach

Amy Gordon has been named one of five finalists in the pop category of the 2012 SongDoor International Songwriting. Everything Long Beach featured her in an article from February 15.

In the article, she “expressed her appreciation of the support she has received from the Cole Conservatory faculty.  In particular, she mentioned her composition instructor, Martin Herman, who she said has been very encouraging and has helped her a great deal in terms of learning new techniques and helping her structure her music.”



Medieval and Renaissance Student Association Papers

Jessica Bedol, Sean Dunnahoe, and Luke Hannington all presented their research at the 3rd Annual MaRSA Student Conference (Medieval and Renaissance Student Association) on April 2, 2011.  Their work was lauded by an audience that included CSULB faculty and student scholars from across the country.

Nathan Stark sings Wagner

Alumnus Nathan Stark is in Dayton, Ohio preparing a Wagner concert with Dayton Opera. He’ll debut his first Hundig in the first act of Die Walkure and sing one of his favorite Wagner arias, Daland’s aria from Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman).


BCCM was well-represented at CASMEC (California Association of School Music Educators Conference) the weekend of Feb 22-24. Dr. Jonathan Talberg taught at the Second Choral Leadership Academy. In addition, he co-presented a session entitled “Amazing Repertoire that Works: High-Quality Literature for Middle School and Beginning/Intermediate High School Choirs” for several hundred music educators. Jeff Jarvis served as conductor of the California All-State Jazz Ensemble in Fresno last weekend. Christine Guter and Pacific Standard Time (PST) were featured performers.

Alumna Alexandra Schenck in Don Quichotte

Alumna Alex Schenck is in her first year at the highly prestigious American Academy of Arts in Philadelphia. AVA is the premiere school for opera and all students are on 100% scholarship. Only six singers were chosen to enter the program this year. Alex is cast as Aldonza in Massenet’s Don Quichotte under the direction of Tito Campobianco, who sends flattering kudos for Alex’s voice and terrific acting.

Alumnus Jason Switzer Performing Across the Globe

Jason Switzer (BM Voice) attended the American Academy of Arts after CSULB. Jason has performed on opera stages throughout the US and Europe including Candide with at Musikfest Bremen, Vienna the Munich Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. More recently, he has performed at the Bard SummerScape Festival under Leo Botstein and the solos in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the National Chorale Avery Fisher Hall in NYC.

Wes Jacobs, Tubist and Publisher

Alumnus Wesley Jacobs runs a successful publishing company, Encore Music Publishers, which specializes in music for brass and particularly for his own instrument, tuba. When Wes was a student here, he was in a trio with Karen and Richard Carpenter, playing bass. His time with the Carpenters is documented  in “The Karen Carpenter Story,” a program produced by BBC Radio 2. After CSULB, Wes played tuba for the Detroit Symphony. He has edited etudes and written books on playing tuba himself, including the highly regarded “Loud Playing for Tuba” and most recently published John Van Houten’s edition of “Ten Studies by Johannes Brahms.”

Craig Richey in Daily 49er

The Daily 49er has a great article on Craig Richey’s success at the Sundance Festival. The article notes, “Richey said he had two goals in mind while composing the score to “The World According to Dick Cheney.” He wanted to make the music both serious and mature while maintaining an overall narrative feel.

“After finishing the process, Richey was invited to the premiere at the Sundance Festival in January.

“Richey described the premiere as a “vicarious” experience after receiving some intense reactions from the audience.”