Raymond Torres-Santos “Jubilum” Premiered

Organist Andrés Mojica gave the world premiere of Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos’s organ concert piece, Jubilum, in a sold out concert at the University Theater of the Puerto Rico University in San Juan. The concert included works from the standard organ repertoire by Bach, Mendelssohn and Widor. Dr. Torres-Santoaddressed the public in a pre-concert talk about the work. Subsequent concerts of the work include those at the University of Kansas in December 2, 2015 and the Methuen Memorial Hall in Massachusetts in June 15, 2016.

Jason Fabus on KJAZZ blog

Helen Borges features alumnus Jason Fabus on the KJAZZ blog. In the article he speaks about the Bob Cole Conservatory, “What I loved about Long Beach, and still do, is the feeling of community amongst the teachers and students. CSULB has an amazing energy that flows through everyone there, and this creates more than just classes and ensembles–it creates new musical projects and friendships that will last long past the degree.”

Cuatro Puntos Receives Grants

Alumna Holly Bishop and Cuatro Puntos were among the 3% of applicants selected to be funded by New Music USA. Their project is a tri-national recording collaboration between Cuatro Puntos, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and UK composer Sadie Harrison. Thanks to New Music USA, all album proceeds will go back to the Afghan children.

Cuatro Puntos also secured a grant from the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, to design a Spring 2016 residency with the public school district in Boston.

They were featured on wnpr http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-chamber-groups-goal-merely-world-peace#stream/0


Tim Buchholz in Adventure Race National Championship

Alumnus Tim Buchholz and team finished 9th in the nation in the grueling Adventure Race National Championship. They completed the race in just under 23 hours using, according to the USARA website, “only a map and compass to guide them while transitioning between several disciplines such as: Trail Running / Trekking, Mountain Biking, Paddling and Orienteering.” Dr. Buchholz is Assistant Professor of Music at University of Wisconsin-Marathon County  where he directs the vocal jazz ensembles, and teaches voice and aural skills.

Luc Kleiner Helps Prospective Music Students Navigate College

Alumnus Luc Kleiner spoke on a panel at the Music Center, presented by majoringinmusic.com, on “What I Wish I Knew When I started College.”

MajoringInMusic.com is a portal through which key information about music schools, summer music programs, and relevant music resources can be easily accessed.

Luc is also the new marketing intern for Seeadot Music Publishing.

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.