Ian Brekke Featured in The Independent

Alumnus Ian Brekke, Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Las Posits College lead his students in a concert entitled “More Intensely, More Beautifully, More Devotedly.” Ian is quoted about the concert: “We have had a difficult year of senseless acts committed inside school grounds, an unfortunate trend that continues to shake all of us. We’ve prepared a concert series meant to uplift and inspire the members of the community. We are fortunate that music is such a wonderful medium for communicating and sharing emotion, a sort of exaggerated method of conversation. This is our conversation with our community, to give the gift of music to those that may need it.”

Photo – Doug Jorgensen

Pulse Percussion Wins WGI World Championship

Pulse Percussion Ensemble with Freshmen Trent Gronewold and Emmanuel Mora, and Junior Connie Truong won the WGI Percussion World Championship. Danielle Collins (MM Music Education) is co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of Pulse, alumnus Darren Loney is also on the Board, and alumnus Ian Grom is Percussion Front Ensemble Coordinator/Arranger.

POW, a new Pulse team, earned a spot in finals and finished 13th. The three-day World Championship event, held in Dayton Ohio this year, evaluated more than 200 percussion ensembles from over 40 states and 4 countries.

Sherrine Mostin’s Arrangements Performed

Sacramento State University’s Big Band performed alumna Sherrine Mostin’s composition “Heartspeak.” After completing her MM in Jazz Voice here, Sherrine entered the doctoral program at the University of Miami where, as a TA, she won the Downbeat award for Best Undergraduate Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble and was also awarded Graduate College Winner in the Vocal Jazz Soloist category  She is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Minnesota State University Moorhead, of Miami Frost School of Music.

Stephen Salts Guest Conducts Clarion Singers

Alumnus Stephen Salts will be the guest conductor of The Clarion Singers for their concert at St Thomas The Apostle in Hollywood on 20 February.

Alumni Beth Peregrine and Stacy Oh will join the Clarion Singers on tour. They’ll be touring in the UK and performing at Canterbury Cathedral this summer. The Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site.

LeatherTramp at SXSW

LeatherTramp with students Jake Abernathie, Gracie Gray, and Elizabeth Chavez, and alumni Lawrence Pi, Miko Shudo, Cole Syverson, Chandler Riley, Marc Encabo, John-Michael O’Brien, and Gary Soland performed at SXSW in Austin.

They had three shows in at SXSW as well as stops in Amarillo, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Maria Lazarova Completes Online Opera Role

Lecturer Maria Lazarova has wrapped on “Vireo” an opera created expressly for episodic release via broadcast and online media, by Lisa Bielawa, composer, and Erik Ehn, Librettist. Maria appears with the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School Choir, and several excellent vocalists. The opera won the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award.  In spring 2017, KCET will release all twelve episodes at once for free, on-demand streaming, which is a first for the network.

Katharin Rundus’s “Cantabile: Voice Class” Receives Rave Review

Lecturer Katharin Rundus’s latest book, Cantabile: Voice Class is reviewed in this month’s Classical Singer Magazine; also included is an interview with her. The book is intended for a one-semester class for beginning vocalists, a “bootcamp” as she refers to it.

From Classical Singer Magazine’s review: “Rundus presents the terms and concepts of vocal pedagogy in a manner that makes them accessible and intelligible without being watered down… Cantabile: Voice Class is … poised to become a standard text for teaching beginning singers.”

Chelsea Stevens Signs with Aguilar Amplification

Alumna Chelsea Stevens has been signed as an Aguilar Amplification artist. In their ad featuring her, Aguilar wrote, “Chelsea Stevens is fresh voice in the bass community whose command of many styles/genres has made her an in-demand bassist for popular television shows Glee and as a member of the house band for Estrella TV’s Noches con Platanito.”

James Yoshizawa: Bodhrán Soloist and Percussionist

Alumnus James Yoshizawa has been asked to be the bodhrán soloist and percussionist in the new Broadway musical, “Come From Away.” There will be some touring in Washington DC and Toronto, then it will land on Broadway in NYC in January 2017. He will also return to the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival as a guest artist this summer and record his second album with the Jonathan Rowden Group this summer.