Kim Kucharski performs Carmen Fantasie

Alumna Kim Kucharski performed Carmen Fantasie with the Bowling Green Area Community Band. The piece, one of the warhorses in the flute repertoire, is based on Bizet’s Carmen. It was written in 1900 by Francois Borne, principal flutist for the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux, and professor of flute at Toulouse Conservatory.

Alumna Marcy Sudock Accepted to Julliard Masterclass

Alumna Marcy Sudock, conductor of the Musique Sur la Mer Symphony in Seal Beach, has been accepted to the Starling-Delay Symposium on the Violin, Juilliard School of Music in New York. She will have masterclasses with Master classes: Itzhak Perlman, Jorja Fleezanis (Indiana University), Ani Kavafian (Yale), William Preucil (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Sylvia Rosenberg (The Juilliard School).

Solomon Liang in Recital and with the Thalia Quartet

The Thalia Quartet, Solomon Liang’s string quartet at Cleveland Institute is one of the two quartets selected to participate in Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this summer. They will be working with the Emerson, Tokyo, Brentano, Artis and Keller quartets. They are also accepted to the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford University.

Solomon will be performing an alumni recital on March 22 at 8:00pm in DRH.



Arnel Ignacio plays with Dana Point Symphony

Alumnus and staff member Arnel Ignacio, Alumnus Chris McCarthy, and Alumna Christine Hayes were all featured in photographs in the Orange County Register (photos by David Bro). They all performed for the second concert of the Dana Point Symphony’s season, on an evening of selections from opera including “La Gioconda,” “Le Barbier de Seville,” “Gianni Schicchi,” “Madama Butterfly,” “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” and “Peter Grimes.”




BCCM Trumpets Place Third in the Nation

The BCCM trumpet ensemble played well enough to win the National Trumpet Competition Finals in Virginia this past weekend, but the judges placed them third behind Baylor and Northwestern. Congratulations to Tony Belletti, Devin Henderson, Esther Hood, Casey Martin, Jackson Niebrugge, Drew Ninmer, and Kurt Peregrine. They played an extraordinary performance under pressure; they were flawless, exciting, rock-solid, and did us proud. Rob Frear coached them; kudos to Rob and the entire brass program.

126 ensembles submitted videos. 30 groups were invited to the semifinals in Fairfax, Virginia. 6 ensembles performed in the finals which were webcast live.

Rite of Spring in Long Beach

Professor Rob Frear and Adjunct Faculty Artists Michael Grego, Katia Popov and Josephine Liu Moerschel performed the Rite of Spring with the Long Beach Symphony as part of the world-wide tribute to the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking work.

Alumnus Ryan Brown to have Three Premieres

Alumnus Ryan Brown will have a new work, “Mortal Lessons,” premiered at Princeton on March 12. The work is written for the a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth. Ignition Duo premieres Ryan’s “Double Negative” for two re-tuned electric guitars at the sixth annual Switchboard Music Festival on Sunday, March 24th. Ryan is the founder and director of this festival. In April, Ryan’s piece “Big Dig” will be performed at Lincoln Center at at the MATA Interval Series at Galapagos. “Still, It Moves,” written for the Crash Ensemble, will be premiered at Princeton on May 21.

BCCM Steel Drum Collaboration with Humboldt State

The CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra, directed by Dr. Dave Gerhart performed two assemblies at Cabrillo High School with the Humboldt State University Calypso Band on Friday, March 15.

The combined group consisted of 60 steel drummers and engine room. They are also performing at the UT on Saturday, March 16 at 4:00p

Jimmy Emerzian performs at Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta

Jimmy Emerzian just returned from playing on the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was his third time playing the festival. He played had featured solos with The Ron King Big Band, New York Voices, Belgian vocalist Yannick Bovy, and Roberta Gambarini, and also jammed with Marcus Miller and Maurice Brown.

BCCM alumni Dan Kaneyuki, Jon Bradley, and Erm Navarro also performed at the festival. As Jimmy reports, “After any of us took a solo, the others would exclaim, “Go Beach!”

Steven Kronauer Teaching Adult Singers and Music Educators

Steven Kronauer was featured in an article on adult musicians studying at the Colburn School . Steven conducts the Colburn Community Chorale.  “We’re offering another opportunity for people to sing and to sing high quality,” Kronauer said.

Dr. Kronauer also organized a Music Educators Workshop last weekend with his Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. He worked with the Young Men’s Ensemble and invited guest Dr. Jerry Blackstone (University of Michigan) with the Young Men’s Ensemble and Concert Choir. The workshop focused on techniques and approaches for working with experienced male singers with changing voices.