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.

American Youth Symphony ads BCCM Students and Alumni

Sophomore Joseph Mora (tuba), Senior Tim Jensen (bass), and MM students Emma McAllister and Momo Enchev (violins) successfully auditioned into the American Youth Symphony. Geoun Shin (violin) and alumni Nina Kang (violin) Annie Reed (viola), and Joy Yi (viola) are continuing members. Alumna Christie Glaser (flute) is on the sub list. Pictured are Emma McAlliser, Tim Jensen, Annie Reed, and Momo Enchev.

The American Youth Symphony provides professional training for musicians through a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. Competitively selected, Fellows receive a full scholarship, have the opportunity to perform at Royce Hall and work alongside world class guest artists.

Their first concert featured Star Trek Into Darkness performed live to picture, conducted by David Newman and special guest Composer Michael Giacchino, pictured here with Emma McAllister.

Solomon Liang Play Korngold with Holland Symphony

Alumnus Solomon Liang performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Holland Symphony (Michigan) to open their Classics Season this past weekend.

This past summer, Solomon attended Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Workshop, and served as Faculty String Quartet in Residence for Interlochen Summer Arts Camp with the Judson String Quartet. An advocate of community outreach, he has presented 22 outreach performances as the Quartet in Residence for Banff’s 11th International String Quartet Competition, and brought educational performances to public schools in Northeast Ohio through Sykora Educational Scholarship Fund.

Amber Alarcòn in “Tsar’s Bride”

Alumna Amber Alarcòn performed in the Independent Opera Company’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Tsar’s Bride” at West LA’s Lutheran Church of the Master. She received an great review in Singerpreneur: “Amber Alarcon was delightful as Dunyasha, the darling confidante of the soprano lead, Marfa, singing with a warm, clean mezzo and a captivating stage presence.”

Ryan Ross Featured in Hometown Paper

Alumnus Ryan Ross’s hometown paper, the Lyon Country Reporter, published a retrospective of his career to date. The article notes his study at the Bob Cole Conservatory and his successes, such as singing “Fiddler on the Roof” with Bryn Terfel at the Royal Albert Hall in London for an audience of 6,000. After graduating from the Wales International Academy of Voice, Ryan has gone on to an international career in opera.

Joe Sanders Selected for Film Scoring Internship

Alumnus Joe Sanders was selected to be part of the 2015-2016 The Society of Composers & Lyricists Mentor Program, through a very competitive national process. Activities in the program include sitting in on recording sessions, meetings with major agents, music supervisors and performing rights societies; and spending time with one of our mentor composers. Joe will have the opportunity to meet with and observe music editors, orchestrators, music copyists, scoring engineers, orchestra conductors, and studio musicians.