Whiplash Nominated for Best Picture

Little did we know that when Jazz Studies was contacted by a Hollywood casting agency in the summer of 2013 to hire extras for a feature film about college jazz bands that “Whiplash” would go on to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture.

Drew Ninmer, Jason Fabus, Taylor Smith, Patrick Lenertz, and Gary Soland appeared and are credited as members of the conservatory jazz orchestra in the film, which focuses on a drummer in as he struggles to impress a merciless teacher. “Whiplash” received a total of five Oscar nominations; J.K. Simmons, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the teacher, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Faculty Perform on Multi-Grammy-Nominated Album

Adjuncts Sal Lozano, Jay Mason, Brad Dutz, and Dan Fornero performed on “Life In The Bubble,” Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band) which received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition and “Get Smart,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band) which received a Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, and “Party Rockers,” Gordon Goodwin, which received a Grammy nomination for  Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.


photo credit: Rex Bullington

Johannes Müller-Stosch Nominated for Wang Family Excellence Award

President Jane Close Conoley selected Johannes Müller-Stosch as the CSULB’s nominee in the category of “Visual and Performing Arts and Letters” for the Wang Family Excellence Awards.

The purpose of this CSU-wide award “is to recognize and celebrate those CSU faculty members who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines, while having a discernible effect on students.”

Jon Talberg Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts from Chapman

Dr. Jonathan Talberg was honored as Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts 2014, “In recognition of his Distinguished Professional Achievements, Performance and Leadership in the Arts”  last weekend at Chapman University’s American Celebration. Dr. Talberg’s mentor at Chapman, William Hall, conducted the orchestra for the event and spoke about the role seminal Jon has played in choral music.

Lee Vail Life Member of SCVA

Dr. Leland Vail was awarded an honorary life membership in the Southern California Vocal Association. His plaque reads “for your outstanding contributions as a choral music educator and your superior service as an SCVA choral festival adjudicator.”