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.”

A Better Nectar

The Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Jonathan Talberg, recorded music for a new multi sensory installation, “A Better Nectar” by Jessica Rath, based on the co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators. The exhibit is open January 27 – April 12, 2015.

In A Better Nectar, Jessica Rath creates an immersive rhythmic experience, using sculpture, light, and sound to consider how bumblebees learn and remember multisensory floral signals to find better nectar. Visitors are provided with a human-scaled experience of a bee’s intimate sensorial journey from its underground nest to an audibly and visually pulsating world, based on the Rath’s research and discussions with the scientists at Leonard Bee Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The exhibition’s highlight, “Resonant Nest,” is a responsive acoustic sculpture taking the form of a human-scaled bumblebee nest. Human voice interpretations of bee communication emanate from the sculpture, designed in collaboration with Ian Schneller of Specimen Products, Chicago. The score, created by Los Angeles-based composer Robert Hoehn, shifts with live changes in weather, season, and time, as well as to the viewer’s presence in the gallery.

Graeme Langager Prepares Pårt for Vancouver Symphony

Alumnus Graeme Langager (MM Choral Conducting,1996) prepared the Phoenix Chamber Choir in Vancouver for a performance of Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Mass with the Vancouver Symphony and Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Dr. Langager also serves as Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia. It is his arrangement of “Irish Blessing” that the Chamber Choir sings to end every choral concert.

Graeme Langager Prepares Pårt for Vancouver Symphony

Graeme Langager (MM Choral Conducting,1996) prepared the Phoenix Chamber Choir for a performance of Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Mass with the Vancouver Symphony and Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Dr. Langager also serves as Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia; he commutes between Vancouver and Phoenix. It is his arrangement of “Irish Blessing” that the Chamber Choir sings to end every choral concert.

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.