Daily 49er Features Steel Drum Orchestra in Panomundo

The BCCM Steel Drum Orchestra was recently filed for a documentary called Panomundo, a history of the steel drum. CSULB is the only US representative in the film. The Daily 49er published a feature article on the October Concert and the process of filming. The photo is courtesy of Kim Long Vo, an alumni of the percussion program.

Dr. Dave Gerhart discovered documentary project through social networking, and was invited to join the project after sharing a video of his orchestra with the filmmakers.

Simon Barrad as Owen Wingrave

Alumnus Simon Barrad was interviewed for CCM publications regarding his role in Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave. Simon Barrad is a first year master’s student and shares the double-cast title role with an artist’s diploma student.

Simon said, ““It gives me a chance to look at how someone else interprets the role and gives me someone else to bounce ideas off of. However, we are choosing to play Owen in different ways and finding the things about the character that resonate with us personally,” says Barrad on being double cast. “Owen, as much as he fights it, is very much a Wingrave in his resolve and his courage under fire. He is emotional and passionate about his peaceful beliefs and not at all concerned with the pragmatism of his ideas. I believe the only thing keeping him from leaving the Wingrave family without a word is fear of isolation and even more specifically loneliness — a complete starvation from lack of love.”

This production also features alumni Tyler Alessi and Jessie Shulman in Simon’s cast. Our own Johannes Mueller-Stosch serves as guest conductor.

Kathy Smith to give class “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” to National Piano Tuners Guild convention

Kathy Smith will teach three classes in Atlanta next summer at the National Piano Tuners Guild convention: “Grand Piano Action Rebuilding,” “Mentoring,” and “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” about the skills needed for 1 person to get a grand piano onto a dolly from casters, or vice versa (with minimal equipment and no help). It was standing room only when Kathy presented “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” last March in Phoenix.

CJO in Concert with USC and CSUN

The BCCM Concert Jazz Orchestra, USC Jazz Orchestra and CSUN Jazz Band will share a show at the CAP Studio Theater Jazz Club on Mon Nov 18.

The three bands will play in a  75 cabaret-seating performance space  No minimum. All ages. Donation bar. Complimentary snacks. Street parking on Ventura Blvd is free after 8pm. 13752 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91423


Andrew McAfee Wins Zildjian Scholarship at Indiana University

Alumnus Andrew McAfee  won one of two annual Zildjian scholarships at Indiana University.

In 1979 Craigie Zildjian, now company CEO, initiated a scholarship program targeted at preeminent music schools in the United States, Canada and the UK.

Zildjian provides yearly funding for percussion scholarships at these schools, and in some cases Zildjian has fully endowed scholarships. The program is named in memory of Craigie Zildjian’s grandfather, Avedis Zildjian III.