Joe Sanders Wins John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Alumnus Joe Sanders won the Grand Prize in the World category of the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His song, “Kundiman,” was performed by Senior Kathleen Van Ruiten. “Kundiman” served as the music behind the credits of “The Last Arrow” a game produced by the Video Game Development Association at CSULB.

Joe scored “Zoe and the Price” which won Best Runner Up at the The 48 Hour Film Project. Filmmakers from all over the Los Angeles area competed to see who could make the best short film in only 48 hours. Joe started scoring at 5am and delivered everything at 4pm the same day.

Jotaro Nakano Named Conducting Fellow at LB Symphony

Alumnus Jotaro Nakano is now the Conducting Fellow for the Long Beach Symphony, succeeding alumnus Mark Alpizar who is pursuing his DMA at ASU.

Long Beach Symphony celebrates its 81st season in 2015-2016. The Symphony also provides a sequential, comprehensive music education program serving over 24,000 local school children with access to music at their schools, local libraries, hospitals, and community centers, as well as School Ensembles & Youth Concerts for EVERY Long Beach 2nd – 5th grader in the public school system.

American Youth Symphony ads BCCM Students and Alumni

Sophomore Joseph Mora (tuba), Senior Tim Jensen (bass), and MM students Emma McAllister and Momo Enchev (violins) successfully auditioned into the American Youth Symphony. Geoun Shin (violin) and alumni Nina Kang (violin) Annie Reed (viola), and Joy Yi (viola) are continuing members. Alumna Christie Glaser (flute) is on the sub list. Pictured are Emma McAlliser, Tim Jensen, Annie Reed, and Momo Enchev.

The American Youth Symphony provides professional training for musicians through a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. Competitively selected, Fellows receive a full scholarship, have the opportunity to perform at Royce Hall and work alongside world class guest artists.

Their first concert featured Star Trek Into Darkness performed live to picture, conducted by David Newman and special guest Composer Michael Giacchino, pictured here with Emma McAllister.

Solomon Liang Play Korngold with Holland Symphony

Alumnus Solomon Liang performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Holland Symphony (Michigan) to open their Classics Season this past weekend.

This past summer, Solomon attended Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Workshop, and served as Faculty String Quartet in Residence for Interlochen Summer Arts Camp with the Judson String Quartet. An advocate of community outreach, he has presented 22 outreach performances as the Quartet in Residence for Banff’s 11th International String Quartet Competition, and brought educational performances to public schools in Northeast Ohio through Sykora Educational Scholarship Fund.

Amber Alarcòn in “Tsar’s Bride”

Alumna Amber Alarcòn performed in the Independent Opera Company’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Tsar’s Bride” at West LA’s Lutheran Church of the Master. She received an great review in Singerpreneur: “Amber Alarcon was delightful as Dunyasha, the darling confidante of the soprano lead, Marfa, singing with a warm, clean mezzo and a captivating stage presence.”