Marina Harris “Steals” the Show in Ariadne of Naxos

Alumna Marina Harris started as Ariadne in Pacific Opera Project’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Lauri D. Goldenhersh of Singerpreneur reviewed the production and wrote of Marina, “As good as the cast was overall, however, it was Marina Harris that stole the show, with a vocal and dramatic performance that was superb throughout. Ariadne is a difficult role, requiring stamina, depth and strong comic timing in addition to an exceptional, powerful voice, and Harris’ lyricism was as haunting as her deadpan humor was funny.  Her voice has grown even more sure and lovely than when we saw her in POP’s “Turn of the Screw” last year, with the same tragic urgency. She takes the stage as if she were born to it, and perhaps she was.”

Shannon Gravelle Named Interim DCA

Alumnus Shannon Gravelle (MM Choral Conducting 2013) has been named Interim Director of Choral Activities at the University of Omaha-Nebraska. Shannon completed her coursework for the DMA at the University of Iowa in just two years, and will be spending time in Russia this summer researching her dissertation before taking up her new post in Omaha.

Courtney Crowe wins Harborlites Awards

Alumna Courtney Crowe won Harborlites’ “Golden Gluey” and Rookie of the Year Award at this year’s Installation Banquet. The Harborlites Chorus is the two-time International Champion and the current International Bronze Medalist Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.

CYOSC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is managed by alumna Chika Emori Wie (BM performance 2009). Over 140 students and teachers are include in the program including several of our students and alumni: Minna Im, cello; Melisandra Teteris, French Horn; Adrian Dunker, French Horn; Gabrielle Cross, French Horn; John Cross, Trumpet; and Andrew Rodman, Trumpet. They recently performed their 25th anniversary concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

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.