Casey Martin’s Fanfare to be Published

As a member of The Brass Choir, Casey Martin participated in the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music in July. While there, The Brass Choir performed Casey’s latest brass fanfare, The Black Carillon. Casey received an offer for publication, and several universities expressed interest in performing it, including CCM.

You can hear The Brass Choir perform The Black Carillon here.

Scott Melvin, Director of Choral Music at Mater Dei High, to Premier New Works

Alumnus Scott Melvin, Choral Director at Mater Dei High School, toured NY with his choir last April. The performed on NBC’s Today Show and at Carnegie Hall. One of the top spiritual composers, Stacey Gibbs, heard them sing and has asked Scott if he could write a few works for the choir. The choir will record them for one of Stacey Gibbs’ upcoming CDs.

Scott will tour with his choir down the Danube River in the Winter of 2013.

Alex Lansburgh Lands Accompanist Position

Alumnus Alex Lansburgh has accepted the position of accompanist for the choral program at Baldwin Park High School. Last year, the choir participated in a year-long, in-school outreach program with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. They performed in the The 24th annual Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival under the direction of Grant Gershon at Disney Hall.

The Brass Choir and the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute

The Brass Choir, a brass ensemble primarily comprised of BCCM students and alumni, is participating in the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. The institute runs July 14 – 20, 2013 and includes daily concerts and recitals, including faculty concerto performances accompanied by the Denver Municipal Band, jazz artist night, Denver Brass Concert, and a culminating performance by the world-renowned Summit Brass.

BCCM students Kyle Richter won the mock auditions and Danny Thibodeaux tied for runner-up.

Master-classes, chamber coaching, seminars and open Summit Brass rehearsals give participants the opportunity to see first-hand how professionals approach entrepreneurial businesses, professional growth and performances.

The faculty includes:
Allan Dean – Professor of Trumpet, Yale University; Saint Louis Brass Quintet; Calliope
David Hickman – Regents Professor, Arizona State University; Soloist; Recording Artist
Alan Hood – Professor of Trumpet, University of Denver; Jazz Soloist; Denver Brass; Aries Brass Quintet
John Marchiando – Principal Trumpet, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; Lecturer, University of New Mexico
Ronald Romm – Professor of Trumpet, University of Illinois; formerly, Canadian Brass

Thomas Bacon –international horn soloist and recording artist; Saint Louis Brass
Allene Hackleman – Principal Horn, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Martin Hackleman – Principal Horn, National Symphony; formerly, Canadian Brass and Empire Brass
Susan McCullough – Professor of Horn, University of Denver; Denver Brass and Aries Brass Quintet
Bernhard Scully – Principal Horn, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Scott Hartman – Professor of Trombone, Yale University; Formerly, Empire Brass; Brass Band of Battle Creek
Carl Lenthe – Professor of Trombone, Indiana University; Former Principal, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
John Lofton – Bass Trombone: Los Angeles Philharmonic; recording artist and record producer
Joseph Martin – Prof. of Trombone and Euphonium, Univ. of Denver; Denver Brass; Aries Brass Quintet
Larry Zalkind – Principal Trombone, Utah Symphony Orchestra; Professor, University of Utah

Brian Bowman – Professor of Euphonium, Univ. of North Texas; Former Soloist, U. S. Air Force Band

Kathy Aylsworth Brantigan – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Tuba, University of Denver; Aries Brass Quintet; Executive Director, The Denver Brass
Warren Deck –Instructor of Tuba, University of Denver; former Principal Tuba, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Timothy Northcut –Tuba: Professor, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Principal Tuba, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; Carillon Brass
Daniel Perantoni – Professor of Tuba, Indiana University; Soloist; Saint Louis Brass Quintet


Alumnus Chris Rountree conducts the Colorado Symphony

Alumnus Chris Rountree conducted the Colorado Symphony on July 19 at Civic Center Park in a performance of Tragedy on the Sea Nymph: An Operetta in Three Acts Starring an all Dog Cast. The operetta is a 10-minute silent film starring an all-dog cast performing the romance and tragedy of clandestine lovers shipwrecked at sea. The film is accompanied by live music.

The amazing evening–part of the Biennial of the Americas, an international festival of ideas, art, and culture–featured an eclectic mix of music and art, including folk, classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music in addition to video, art, sculpture, and dance. Contemporary artist Nick Cave will transform Civic Center Park with HEARD•DAM, a specifically choreographed performance in connection with Cave’s exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, Nick Cave: Sojourn.

The event also included life-sized horse Soundsuits made from a variety of materials. Soundsuits are wearable sculptures designed to make sounds as the wearer shimmies and shakes.


Nisei Serenade

Several of our students participated in “Nisei Serenade,” a concert of songs of the ’40s in honor of those held in Japanese Internment Camps. Lisa Horikawa, Miko Shudo, and alumna Erika Mariko Olsen sang, Mary Kageyama Nomura, one of those interned and known as “The Songbird of Manzanar” sang “St. Louis Woman” like a “Southerner.”

Mark Alpizar in Opera Conducting Intensive at CCM

Mark Alipizar participated in the CCM Summer Program “Realizing Rossini” where he studied opera conducting with Mark Gibson. In addition to conducting part of the performance, each participant sang in the choir, and danced and acted on stage. The production was directed by Jose Maria Condemi, the director of many San Francisco Opera productions.

The program was covered by a WPCO news team. Mark makes appearances at 1:00 into the video and again at 1:35, and 2:10

Laptop Ensemble in Collaboration with Singing Actors Group from Seoul

The Laptop Ensemble just returned Italy. They performed “Voyage: Musical vignettes,” a staged collaboration with the Singing Actors Group from Seoul, Korea. Performances took place at Cantiere Oberdan, Spoleto, on July 9-12, 2013 as part of the Spoleto Open Festival sponsored by LaMaMa Umbria, where the Laptop Ensemble was in residence from July 2-13, 2013.

The collaboration: Traditional German Art song meets experimental laptop electronic music: staged  vignettes of songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss,
Brahms, Debussy connected with ambient textured soundscapes and
electronic music compositions based on remixes, mash ups, and
reconfigurations of the original songs. The staged work explores the intricacies and interactions of human existence, enveloping the audience with moments that speak to the joy, wonderment, humor, fragility, isolation, loss, and community that we

Directed by Byungkoo Ahn with musical direction by Martin Herman.

Participating composers: Glen Gray, Martin Herman, Justin Kennedy,
Matt Lourtie, Zach Lovitch, Eric Malczewski, Justin Scheid, Seth

Laptop performers: Glen Gray, Justin Kennedy, Matt Lourtie, Eric Malczewski
Technical Assistance in Spoleto: Zach Lovitch
Assistant Direction: Seth Shafer

Chris Johnstone Cast in National Tour of Evita

Alumnus Chris Johnstone has been cast as Magaldi in the National Tour of Evita. The tour runs from Sept 8, 2013 to June 24, 2014.

Evita is one of the most successful collaborations between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It opened in London in 1978 where it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical. A year later, it moved to Broadway where it won a total of seven Tony Awards including the first British production to win Best Musical.

The tour schedule is below. If you would like to see Chris perform live, note that they will be at the Pantages Theater Oct 23-Nov 10.

Providence, RI: Sept. 8 – 14, 2013
Chicago, IL: Sept. 17 – Oct. 6, 2013
St. Louis, MO: Oct. 8 – 20, 2013
Los Angeles, CA: Oct. 23 – Nov. 10, 2013
San Diego, CA: Nov. 12 – 17, 2013
San Jose, CA: Nov. 19-24, 2013
Las Vegas, NV: Nov. 26 – Dec. 1, 2013
Tempe, AZ: Dec. 3 – 8, 2013
Costa Mesa, CA: Dec. 10 – 22, 2013
Seattle, WA: Dec. 31 – Jan. 5, 2014
Portland, OR: Jan. 7 – 12, 2014
Denver, CO: Jan. 15 – 26, 2014
Minneapolis, MN: Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, 2014
Milwaukee, WI: Feb. 4 – 9, 2014
Cincinnati, OH: Feb. 18 – March 2, 2014
Charlotte, NC: March 4 – 9, 2014
Durham, NC: March 11 – 16, 2014
Tampa, FL: March 18 – 23, 2014
Orlando, FL: March 25 – 30, 2014
Naples, FL: April 1-6
West Palm Beach, FL: April 8 – 13, 2014
San Antonio, TX: April 29 – May 4, 2014
Houston, TX: May 5 – 18, 2014
Miami, FL: May 27 – June 1, 2014
Atlanta, GA: June 3 – 8, 2014
Buffalo, NY: June 10 – 15, 2014
Philadelphia, PA: June 17 – 22, 2014
Greenville, SC: June 24 – 29, 2014

Mark Alpizar Conducts Down Under

Mark Alpizar took the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra to Sydney for the 24th Australian International Music Festival.

Seventeen youth Bands, youth choirs, and youth orchestras from Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia also participated. They performed in the Sydney Opera House, the recital hall at Angel Place, and a pops concert outside in Darling Harbour. Alumna Joanna Alpizar also played and coached the strings.