Jeffe Huls Featured in Big Voice

Alumus Jeffe Huls (BM, Choral Music Education) is featured in “Big Voice”, a documentary on his extraordinary choral program at Santa Monica High School. Check out the trailer.

The film was selected for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival and will receive its first showing at Samohi on May 7.






Nathan Stark to sing with Forth Worth Opera

Alumnus Nathan Stark has been signed to sing Forth Worth Opera next season as Montresor in Embedded & The Gravedigger in Buried Alive (The Poe Project), roles he premiered last year at Fargo-Moorhead Opera. He’ll also be covering the role of LBJ in the premiere of David T. Little’s “JFK.”

Nate has also been invited to be on the faculty for the Metropolitan International Music Festival in Taiwan this summer.

Celebrating Music 2015

Tonight marks Bob Cole Conservatory’s annual Celebrating Music concert, preceded by our Alumni Reunion. The concert will feature our new Director of String Studies, violinist Moni Simeonov, who will join the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony on Vaughan William’s beautifully romantic The Lark Ascending. Combined choirs and orchestra will present Mozart’s powerful C-Minor mass to bring our Academic year to a close.

The 2015 Celebrating Music Award will be presented to former Music Department Chair, College of the Arts Dean, Provost, and Interim President Donald J. Para.

Ren Geisick wins Jazz Search West

Alumna Ren Geisick was one four winners in the the Jazz Search West competition at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Her prize is a professionally produced, engineered and recorded demo CD.

Jazz Search West is the Bay Area’s Annual Jazz Talent Search for solo instrumentalists and vocalists (15 and up). Four exciting events provide exposure to 16 artists each week during the month of March. 16 performers are selected to move on to the Semi-Finals at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and 8 finalists perform at the Grand Finale at Yoshi’s Oakland. 4 top winners are ultimately selected and awarded prizes designed to enhance their musical career such as a demo CD, recording studio time, full tuition to Jazz Camp West and performance opportunities.

Elliot Deutsch Works with John Clayton

Alumnus Elliot Deutsch has been working with John Clayton, writing music for the Kennedy Center Spring Gala “It Don’t Mean a Thing… A Celebration of Swing.”  The concert is on May 3rd and will feature Audra McDonald, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Terence Blanchard, Paquito D’Rivera, The Puppini Sisters, and Paul Taylor Dance, and is under the direction of John Clayton.

Ryan Ross to Perform Fiddler with Bryn Terfel

Alumnus Ryan Ross will perform with Grange Park Opera in London in two roles this season. He will sing Captain Petrovich and cover Onegin in GPOs production of “Eugene Onegin” and also be playing the part of Avram and sing along side his operatic hero Bryn Terfel for GPOs production of Fiddler on the Roof. They will cap off the 10-show run of Fiddler with a performance at the BBC proms in Albert Hall in July.

Five Downbeat Awards for Jazz Studies

Please send a huge congratulations to our Jazz Studies Program for taking home five Downbeat Magazine awards this year.

For the second consecutive year, CJO (Concert Jazz Orchestra), was named Best Large Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate College category. Back-to-back for CJO and Jeff Jarvis!

Saxophonist Anibal Seminario won the Graduate College Outstanding Performance. Anibal is completing his MM this semester

Pacific Standard Time won for Graduate College Outstanding Performance. That makes six consecutive years that PST under Christine Guter has won either Outstanding Performance or Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

The Glynis Davies Latin Group, coached by Christine Guter, won Graduate College Outstanding Performances – Latin Group. Glynis is completing her MM this semester.

And finally, Christine Guter was Guest Director for Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Honors Ensemble Winner with the Iowa State Jazz Choir.

The breadth and depth and consistency of these awards over the last several years is extraordinary. Congratulations to Jeff, Christine, the entire jazz faculty, and of course, to the remarkable students in Jazz Studies.