Faculty, Students, and Alumni at the Broad

Adjunct flute faculty Rena Urso-Trapani performed on the Broad’s “Beethoven, Bagels and Banter” series at The Edye, with flutist Carol Wincenc, harpist Katerina Englichova, and violinist Robert Davidovici. Also performing in the chamber ensemble were current and former students Catherine Hirabayashi (flute), Tim Jensen (bass), Christian Siqueiros (horn), and Adam Wolf (horn).

Sal Lozano as Guest Artist

Sal Lozano was a guest artist at Lynchburg College at their Second Annual LC JazzFest.

Sal has been a member of the Dancing with the Stars House Band, the American Idol House Band, and the Academy Awards Orchestra along with numerous other television and commercial credits. He has also performed at the Gala for the President at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. and as a soloist with the Pacific Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

A few of the artists Sal has recorded with include Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Lalo Schifrin, Brian McKnight, Michael Buble, Keely Smith, Barbra Streisand, Joey DeFrancesco, and Maynard Ferguson.


Amanda Duncan Featured in When Steel Talks

Alumnus Amanda Duncan was interviewed by “When Steel Talks” for their Women In Pan feature. The article goes into depth about Amanda’s experiences playing pan. She says, “In any subject or discipline, experiencing something is the best way to learn about it, as opposed to reading about it in a book or watching a video. I’ve known for a long time about the Trinidadian way of approaching music and Panorama, but I couldn’t fully absorb and deeply internalize what I knew to be true until I experienced it myself in the Silver Stars yard. I now feel like I’m slowly starting to “get it” on a deep internal level, and in my classroom I feel like I’m starting to teach this music with less of an “accent.” I will never know the steel pan, culturally-speaking, as deeply as Trinidadians because I am an American, of course, and wasn’t born into the culture from which the pan was cultivated. I will always “have an accent” when I play and when I teach. However, approaching music and Panorama through the Trinidadian lens, after having been to Trinidad and performed in Panorama myself, feels more intuitive than it did before. I’ve slowly started to absorb a bit of the “Trinidadian way” into my teaching language and foundation.”


Patrick Olmos Takes Two at NASA

Alumnus Patrick Olmos performed with the SouthpawQuartet and took second place in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference Quartet Competition. Patrick also participated in the UMKC Sax Ensemble performance of Corigliano’s Chiaroscuro arranged for two quartets tuned a quarter tone apart.

Earlier this year, the SouthpawQuartet won the West Central Division MTNA performance in chamber music.

Josh Nelson Honored with Tenuto Award

Each year the DeMiero Jazz Festival in Edmonds, WA, selects one or more people who have made a significant contribution to the field of Jazz in association with the DeMiero Jazz Festival and recognizes them with the Tenuto Award. Alumnus Josh Nelson was honored this year.

Past winners have included the Count Basie Orchestra,  Diane Schuur, and Tim Hauser, Founder of Manhattan Transfer.

Man Covets Bird Model Show for 99-Seat LA Theater

In an KCRW article on 99-seat theaters in Los Angeles, “Man Covets Bird” with alumnus Leeav Sofer became the centerpiece in how to do small theater well.

“If you want to see the kind of show I’m talking about go see “Man Covets Bird” at 24th Street Theatre. Here’s a ‘kid’s show’ that transcends the expectations of youth theater and creates a beautiful journey about the importance of not losing your passion in the face of a ‘button pushing job’ and the sadness and joy of letting a dear friend make his own way in the world. It’s a magical piece of theater and it’s only playing to 99 seats in one corner of our city. Here’s a show that’s worthy of a citywide audience, one that doesn’t already go to the theater. To 24th Street’s credit, they not only know that but have creatively extended this show for six Sundays this spring.”

Justin Padilla Moves up to Los Alamitos High School

Alumnus Justin Padilla (Music Education) has had a remarkable successful 11 years at Oak Middle School. He conducted the All State Jazz Ensemble this year. He has just accepted the position as instrumental music teacher at Los Alamitos High School.

The Oak Music School Principal sent a note out to parents and wrote of Justin, “We have been so fortunate over the last 11 years to have such a wonderful instrumental music program led by Mr. Justin Padilla. When Mr. Padilla first came to Oak, we had only two sections of band.  Under his leadership, our instrumental music program has grown to include three levels of band, two levels of orchestra, two levels of Jazz band, and a ukulele class for our sixth grade wheel. Thanks to the vision of Mr. Padilla, our music boosters, and our talented students, we now have a strong instrumental music program that has been recognized throughout the State…. His legacy of creating an outstanding instrumental music program at Oak will carry on for generations to come.  Please join me in congratulating Mr. Padilla on his new position.”