Olga Artemova Participates in Vancouver Chamber Choir National Conductors’ Symposium

Alumna Olga Artemova was accepted as one of five conductors from the US and Canada to participate in the 33rd Annual Vancouver Chamber Choir National Conductors’ Symposium with Jon Washburn. It was a week-long intensive course which consisted of podium sessions, technique sessions with the choir and Jon, and interest sessions with some of the staff of the organization, who talked about fundraising, publicity, boards and administration. The week culminated with a full performance.

Olga reports that she met many talented and prominent folks who sing with the choir, including Larry Nickel, CEO of Cypress Publishing, Stephen Smith, composer and Will George, CSULB alum from Frank Pooler’s years, who studied voice with Arpine Pehlivanian. She highly recommend this to emerging conductors who are looking to learn something new and receive significant podium time with a professional choir.


Jeff Jarvis adjudicating across California

Jeff Jarvis will serve as an adjudicator this semester at the Irvine Jazz Festival (Irvine CA), Fresno City College Jazz Festival (Fresno CA), Next Generation Jazz Festival (Monterey CA), Workman HS Jazz Festival (Industry CA), Valhalla Jazz Festival (El Cajon CA), and Super Jazz At The Ranch (Stevenson Ranch CA). He will also conduct the Hart District Honor Jazz Band at Stevenson Ranch.

Roger Przytulski in Bulgaria

The Classic FM Orchestra in Bulgaria performed alumnus Roger Przytulski’s piece Blue Mountain on their 2012 summer tour. The piece was so well received that the America for Bulgaria Foundation commissioned Roger to compose a celebratory piece to mark the occasion of a gala concert in which Joshua Bell was coming to Bulgaria for the first time to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Spirit Rounds, a ten-minute work for orchestra, was premiered February 9th, 2013, in a nationally broadcast live television event in Bulgaria.

Blue Mountain is scheduled to be performed by the Irvine High School Symphony Orchestra. He also has a premiere of Canyon Trails for 3 Guitars by the Triada guitar trio this summer.

Camp Jam Kidz co-directors

Rachel St. Marseille and Alumna Christina Wilson will be co-directors of Camp Jam Kidz of Orange County, a summer program where young musicians play in their own rock band, design their own marketing packet, make a logo, and perform at the end of the week.

Nathan Stark as Leporello reviewed

Opera Grand Rapids opened last week with Alumnus Nathan Stark as Leporello. The local paper wrote this about him in their review, “His sidekick, Leporello, was hilarious as the long-suffering servant. You don’t often get real belly laughs in opera, but Nathan Stark, an accomplished patter singer, did while delivering perfect dialogue in a booming bass.”

Guter and Talberg Adjudicate in Flagstaff

Professor Christine Guter and Dr. Jonathan Talberg spent the weekend as clinicians at Northern Arizona University’s Jazz Madrigal Festival–the largest and best established choral festival in the western US. 90 schools sent 140 choirs to work with a panel of teachers that also included Jazz luminary Paris Rutherford, Ron Staheli–Director of Choral Studies at BYU, Amanda Quist–Westminster Choir College, and Marcus Denton–Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Dave Gerhart records Ortiz

Dave Gerhart recorded Gabriela Ortiz’s “Elegía” with Southwest Chamber. The album will be a collection of Gabriela Ortiz’s chamber music and will be released in April.

Beach Cafe!

An amazing array of talent from Bob Cole Conservatory students will receive its semi-annual showcase in Beach Cafe on Friday, February 15 and Saturday February 16. Both shows are at 8:00p in Daniel Recital Hall.

This long-running event is all student run; they audition, rehearse, and perform under the guidance of officers from the CSULB Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. It is always loaded with fun, surprises, laughs, and great music making.


As the Daily 49er has said, “If you were’t there, what a shame! The show was filled with good entertainment from beginning to end. It didn’t matter what your definition of good entertainment was, The Beach Cafe had something for everyone.”

Admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for students. Coffee and homemade desserts are included.


Ryan Darke’s recent news

Alumnus Ryan Darke was in the finals for San Francisco Symphony Associate Principal Trumpet (no one was hired); will return as guest principal of Santa Barbra Chamber Orchestra, Will perform with Dudamel and The Colburn Orchestra on Feb 19th, returned as a substitute with San Diego Symphony during the recent subscription series, and was invited for several more weeks with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and will have a final trial week with the Music Director.