Stephen Salts Guest Conducts Clarion Singers

Alumnus Stephen Salts will be the guest conductor of The Clarion Singers for their concert at St Thomas The Apostle in Hollywood on 20 February.

Alumni Beth Peregrine and Stacy Oh will join the Clarion Singers on tour. They’ll be touring in the UK and performing at Canterbury Cathedral this summer. The Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site.

Beth Peregrine to Ravinia Festival

Alumna Beth Peregrine will perform Tan Dun’s “Water Passion after St. Matthew” with 32 singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Ravinia Festival this June. Ravinia, North America’s oldest music festival, stands today as its most musically diverse, presenting over 140 different events throughout the summer. These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend to the annual summer residency of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Jaclyn Johnson on Choral Net

Alumna Jaclyn Johnson (MM Choral Conducting) was featured on Choral Net, the American Choral Director’s Website. She spoke about her trip trip to China as an  International Choral Exchange Conductor. She said, “Without any hesitation, I can honestly say that I have everything I want, and I know what brings me absolute joy and purpose: Teaching.”

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.

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.

Chamber Choir in Dido and Aeneas with Mark Morris

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will present the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and the Mark Morris Dance Group in Henry Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas” by choreographer Mark Morris May 15 and 16 at the Irvine Barclay Theater.

Junior Andy Konopak will sing the role of the Sailor.

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.






Zanaida Robles Directs Resonant Witness

Alumna Zanaida Robles led the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company in “Resonant Witness,” a journey through grief, loss, and injustice, on the way to hope, healing, and reconciliation. Highlights included a rare performance of “Amazing Grace” written in the Cherokee language and involving Native American flute, and Zanaida’s arrangement of “Lift Ev’ry Voice,” the Black National Anthem, for solo and chorus, which was recently published by E.B. Mark Publishing for distribution by Hal Leonard.

Chamber Choir at CASMEC

The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir performed a concert of works to bring awareness of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at CASMEC, the California All-State Music Education Conference. The responses were extraordinary.

Armenian composer Kevin Memley (pictured here with conductor, composer, and alto section leader of Chamber Choir, Vasken Ohanian) wrote of Chamber Choir’s concert: “After attending your concert last night, I was left stunned and mostly speechless.  I could go on about how your fine technique and tone was pure musical perfection, but I would consider it an insult to you to do so.  Your singing was so much more than that, and it found its way right to my core as a human being.”