Maayan Voss de Bettancourt Cast in Three Roles

Alumna Maayan Voss de Bettancourt has been case in three roles this summer: Nancy Lowe in Baby Shower (a new opera by Bruce Trinkley & Jason Charnesky) with The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company; The Child in The Bewitched Child (Ravel) with the Midwest Institute of Opera, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) with OperaRox Presents.

Kevin Chavez Co-hosts Greenroom Conversations Podcast

Alumnus Kevin Chavez is the cohost of the podcast “Greenroom Conversations” out of NYC. He and Carol Ann Aicher (faculty at Manhattan School of Music) interview musicians on the topic of “how to make it” in the performing arts.

Kevin is also the owner and editor for “Reed eBooks,” which publishes the new series “Making Reeds Start to Finish.” Under Kevin’s guidance, Reed eBooks published its first volume with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King in August 2012 in Apple’s iBookstore exclusively for iPad, and a second volume in 2014 by bassoonist George Sakakeeny.

Sarah Sandvig to Publish in Theory for Singers Series

Alumna Sarah Sandvig, class of 2004 (MA Music Ed), signed with Kendall Hunt Publishing for her Music Theory for Singers book series (12 books total) in 2012. Her books are available online and in stores, and are being developed into apps to be released next year.

Since graduating, she taught music in Los Alamitos Unified for 7 years, released a cd of jazz standards, “Serendipity,” available on iTunes, and served as state chair for the MTAC voice program Certificate of Merit. She is currently teaching a full studio, remains active with MTAC and NATS, and enjoys adjudicating, performing, and writing articles for multiple music journals.

Nicola Said Appointed Ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation

Alumna Nicolo Said has been appointed ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation. She “will be singing Malta’s praises and raising awareness about the island’s tourism,” according to an article in The Times of Malta. Nicola is currently studying at one of the world’s top conservatories, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

“The Malta Airport Foundation is part of the company’s strategic decision to use its corporate responsibility funds to implement projects that contribute more directly to the tourism industry by investing in Malta’s heritage and environment.”

Benton-Thomas Preciado at United Negro College Masked Ball

Benton-Thomas Preciado performed at the United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The Ball is one of the Los Angeles’ signature fundraising gala and premier social events of the year. UNCF recognizes the extraordinary work of corporations and individual who have made significant contributions to UNCF’s work to improve the educational outcomes of African American and other minority students who deserve a quality, affordable college education.


The Bob Cole Conservatory Saxophones performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region II Conference at Northern Arizona University last week. James Barrera gave a lecture. The University Saxophone performed Jacob T.V.’s “Body of your Dreams,” The Saxophone Ensemble played a full concert, and James Barrera performed Mark Kilstofte’s “Sonata” at the conference. Krissia Molina was a member of a consortium to commissioned a work for Baritone Saxophone and Electronics, “Drum N’ Bari,” by Benjamin Taylor. Krissia premiered it at the conference. She and others in the consortium have the rights to perform the work for a year before it’s available to the public.

The Thorton Sax Trio from USC also performed at NASA  All three members of the trio are alumni: Nathan Chiang, Peter Martin, and John Hallberg. The Stratus Duo with alumnus Peter Martin and Andrew Vang (flute), and Yi Chen who is a TA now in the doctoral program at the University of Iowa, also performed.