Bluesettes Quintet Win Harmony Sweepstakes Los Angeles Regional

The Bluesettes Quintet with alumni Miko Shudo, Rachel St. Marseille, Katrina Kochevar, Ian Brekke (currently directing Jazz ‘N Tonic), and Riley Wilson are the 2015 Harmony Sweepstakes Los Angeles Regional Champions. The annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. They and winning groups from each festival will be flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold-out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center.

George and Beverly August Piano Competition

Congratulations to all who competed in the inaugural George and Beverly August Piano Competition. Adjudicator Dr. Mark Sullivan was impressed with our strong keyboard program.

The results are as follows: First (tie): Andrew Dyquiangco, Aaron Ramirez; Second (tie): Danielle Yi, Chris Maldonado; Third: Paul Blackwell, Honorable mention: Austin Kebeley

Matthew Hettwer Finalist in Jazz Trombone Competition

Matthew Hettwer advanced to the final round in the ITA Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. He is one of only three finalists (the other two are from the Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music). The final round will take place in Valencia, Spain, at the International Trombone Festival in July. The Carl Fontana Competition is for jazz trombonists ages 22 and under.

 

photo credit: Jimmy Emerzian

Darren Loney’s Gahr HS Band Wins State Championship

Alumnus Darren Loney led his Gahr High School Band to the Division 4 State Championship  After advancing to the California State Grand Championships they took home the Grand Champion Trophy, Gold Medal. Gahr senior flutist Sayra Rosales received the Outstanding Soloist Award. Over half the band – 53 students – were freshmen or first-year members of the group. This is only the second year since Gahr High School has restarted its competitive marching program.

Kimberly Shankar and Courtney Crowe at Sweet Adelines International Competition

Alumni Kimberly Shankar and Courtney Crowe competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Baltimore last weekend. Sweet Adelines is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. Kimberly sang with the Harborlites who made into the finals.

Edward Nelson Wins 2nd in International Voice Competition

Edward Nelson took the Drs. Michelina Fato and Carl Snyderman Second Prize in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. The competition took place in Pittsburgh. In addition to a monetary award, Eddie won the opportunity to sing a leading operatic role in Opera Theater of Pittsbugrh’s Summerfest 2105, which will take place at the 20th Century Club through the month of July.