BCCM Takes Downbeat Awards

A huge congratulations to the Jazz Studies Program! Both CJO and PST were named winners in the graduate college large jazz ensemble category by Downbeat Magazine. Marcus Carline won the undergraduate jazz arrangement category for “Car 24.” These are the most prestigious awards in jazz.

We know we have an amazing jazz program at the Cole Conservatory. Downbeat’s recognition gives us extraordinary national visibility. To have won in both vocal and instrumental jazz proves that we have a truly elite jazz program across the board.

PST won their first Downbeat only five years ago: the student music award of “Outstanding Performance.” They followed that by winning best graduate college large jazz ensemble category four consecutive years. 4peat! Having CJO join them as the top ensemble in the country is phenomenal.

None of this could have happened without Jeff Jarvis, Christine Guter, and all of our remarkable adjuncts. But as Jeff Jarvis said, “Our students deserve the lion’s share of the credit for their work ethic, dedicated individual practice, focused rehearsals, and for elevating the high standards established by previous jazz majors.”

Christine Guter echoed those sentiments, “The students work incredibly hard and are completely dedicated to making the highest quality of music.”

Double major (Composition and Vocal Jazz) Marcus Carline said, “It still feels sort of unreal. I’m super honored, and while I know I haven’t arrived (I’ll never truly arrive) it feels very validating.”

This follows on the heels of a terrific showing at the Monterey Next Generation jazz festival. PST won the Vocal Jazz competition and CJO placed 2nd. The Cole Conservatory had three of the six Outstanding Soloist awards: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

I am thrilled that our students have been recognized on the national stage. We know what a special program we have, now others know as well. Please join me in congratulating all of the members of CJO, PST, Marcus Carline, and the entire Jazz Studies Program!

Alex Miller to have Worked Performed on Hear Now

Lecturer Alex Miller’s composition Echoes in the Dark for six instruments was selected for performance on the 2014 Hear Now Music Festival in Venice, CA, alongside music by many other Los Angeles composers. His work will be performed on May 3rd, 2014.

Hear Now is combining forces with  P.I.E. (People Inside Electronics). Esa-Pekka Salonen is Honorary Artistic Advisor of Hear Now.

Emmanuel Rojas to Attend Conductor’s Institute

Emmanuel Rojas has been accepted to the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College this summer.

Unfortunately, his bass trombone was stolen recently. It is a Shires with the following options: BII 7G 9.5″ Bell, Yellow “C” Tuning Slide, B6278 ” Dual Bore” Hand Slide, Trubore stacked dependent valves. Please be on the lookout, Contact the Cole Conservatory office if you have any information

Christopher Johnstone Receives Rave Review

Alumnus Christopher Johnstone received a spectacular review of a recent Dallas performance of Evita (he’s playing Magaldi on the national tour).

“Johnstone possesses a remarkable tenor voice that fills the entire Music Hall. It is a clean tenor vocal with a vibrato that stays in total control. His belt flies into the rafters when he hits those high notes in his solo, “On This Night of a Thousand Stars”. … Johnstone dives deep into the character, giving Magaldi new emotional shades and subtext I had never seen before, and what he creates is outstanding. His stage presence is so magnetic that your attention continuously goes toward him… You can’t help but get a tad jealous of Johnstone’s trifecta of chiseled body, matinee idol looks, and magnificent singing voice – and the guy can dance like a pro…”

Live in Long Beach – Steel Drum CD

Dr. Dave Gerhart and the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra will release their new CD “Live in Long Beach” on Sunday, April 27 at the Caribbean Extravaganza: Massive Band 2014. The CD features the collaboration between the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and the HSU Calypso Band on March 15 & 16, 2013.
The CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and the HSU Calypso Band have a long history of collaboration, and have shared the stage numerous times over the past 26 years. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Eugene Novotney, the HSU Calypso Band was the first steel drum ensemble in the California State University system. One semester later, Dr. Michael Carney founded the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra in 1987. This CD marks the first live album as a combined CSU steel drum ensemble and the first album from the CSULB Percussion Program.

Harmony Sweepstakes Regional features Alumni

Defending Champions Honey Whiskey Trio (alumni Courtney Gasque, and Ann Louise Thaiss, Christina Wilson) hosted the Harmony Sweepstakes Regional A Cappella competition on April 5th at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. Our alumni permeated the awards.

Arf (with alumni Genevieve Artadi, Sean Fitzpartrick, Alexandra Domingo, and Andrea Calderwood, pictured) placed 2nd. Alexandra Domingo’s ”Like the First Time” received the award for best arrangement!

Down 4 The Count placed 3rd, and alumnus Colleen Keene received the award for best original composition with ”I’m Leaving SLO”

Our own Nick Mancini recorded and mixed “Like the First Time” at his new studio: https://soundcloud.com/alexandrinha/like-the-first-time