David Ortega Speaks at Harvard

Alumnus David Ortega spoke at Harvard University’s Launchpad, sponsored by the Children’s Media Association. His talk entitle Audio Branding for Children’s Media, was an interactive discussion on how to envision, shape and direct audio. David wrote the score for the most successful mobile franchise in Disney’s history: “Where’s My Water?” and its spinoff “Where’s My Perry?”

Joe Modica Conducts Verdi Requiem

Alumnus Joe Modica conducted a performance of the Verdi Requiem at The Christ Cathedral (Crystal Cathedral) in Garden Grove. Among the many Bob Cole-affiliated performers was Scott Melvin (pictured with Modica) who sang along with his Mater Dei choral students, and John Van Houten who performed on tuba. Joe Monica was also recently promoted to Associate Professor at the  University of Redlands.

Shigemi Matsumoto Invited to Sichuan Conservatory

Shigemi Matsumoto has been invited to give five master classes in Chengdu, China this summer at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. Her husband Marty Stark will be giving a “Music is a profession” seminar and will be educating the Chinese on how to have a music career in the US.

Alumni Marina Harris and Kenny Stavert will be giving a joint concert on the last day in Chengdu.

Ian Brekke Lands Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Las Positas College

Alumnus Ian Brekke who so ably lead Jazz ‘N Tonic this year as a lecturer, accepted a full-time, tenure-track teaching position as the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, starting in the Fall 2015 semester. He will be the head of the vocal department and direct both the choral and vocal jazz ensembles.

Raymond Torres-Santos in Puerto Rico

Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos will present “Puerto Rican Film Music,” a retrospective of music from 1950 to present, all curated and arranged for symphony orchestra by Dr. Torres-Santos. He will conduct the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra at the Symphony Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event is sponsored by the Puerto Rico Art Museum, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. In July, his jazz quintet and I will perform his CD, “Antillano” at the Heineken jazz event, Ventana al Jazz, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

David Garrett in Concert

David Garrett performed the Brahms Trio, Op. 114 and the Smetana String Quartet No. 1 on the Philharmonic’s recent chamber music program.

Garrett also performed at the Laszlo Varga memorial service at San Francisco State University. Varga, Principal Cellist of the NY Philharmonic under Mitropolous and Bernstein and long-time professor at SFSU, was Garrett’s teacher.

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem premiered in NYC

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra had its New York premiere by the Albany Pro Musica, the New York Capital Youth Chorale and members of the Albany Symphony with the participation of Lucile Beer, Robert Honeysucker and Oliver Nathanielsz on May 2, 2015 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York. Dr. Torres-Santos gave a pre-concert talk.

Also, his organ concert piece, “Jubilum,” is the subject of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.