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?”

Raymond Torres-Santos in Puerto Rico

Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos will present “Puerto Rican Film Music,” a retrospective of music from 1950 to present, all curated and arranged for symphony orchestra by Dr. Torres-Santos. He will conduct the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra at the Symphony Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event is sponsored by the Puerto Rico Art Museum, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. In July, his jazz quintet and I will perform his CD, “Antillano” at the Heineken jazz event, Ventana al Jazz, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem premiered in NYC

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra had its New York premiere by the Albany Pro Musica, the New York Capital Youth Chorale and members of the Albany Symphony with the participation of Lucile Beer, Robert Honeysucker and Oliver Nathanielsz on May 2, 2015 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York. Dr. Torres-Santos gave a pre-concert talk.

Also, his organ concert piece, “Jubilum,” is the subject of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.

Alex Miller’s 88 MPH for Magnetic Resonator Piano Premiered

Lecturer Alex Miller’s composition 88 MPH was premiered by Piano Sphere Satellite Series Pianist Nic Gerpe on the People Inside Electronics concert series in Pasadena last weekend.  The composition, inspired by the ‘Back to the Future’ movies, is for the Magnetic Resonator Piano. This instrument, invented by composer/engineer Andrew McPherson, uses electro-magnets inside a traditional grand piano to augment the timbral possibilities of the instrument and create numerous new effects.

Alex Miller’s “Two Autumns” in Boston

Lecturer Alex Miller traveled to Boston for a performance of his composition Two Autumns by the Boston New Music Initiative at the Longy School of Music.  Scored for mezzo soprano and five instruments, the work is a setting of classic Japanese haiku sung in English, and was performed by Chelsea Beatty and with Patrick Valentino conducting the ensemble.

The Boston Classical Review called Two Autumns “plush and tightly constructed piece that is filled with colorful imagery…which shimmered like moonlight on water.”

Sebastien Najand Composer for League of Legends

Alumnus Sebastien Najand is full-time composer for Riot Games (a video game company which produces League of Legends). As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.

Sebastien traveled to Seoul for the League of Legends world finals where a project he worked on with Imagine Dragons was performed. He composed the music for live orchestra for parts of the competition.

Alan Shockley Nabs Two Premieres

Trumpeter Joe Drew premiered Alan Shockley’s new miniature for double-bell trumpet, “Taoyuan airport (after Arvo Pärt)” on a Composer’s Voice concert in Manhattan on Oct. 12th. Dr. Shockley’s piece “stone guest” (19 fanfares in open form), received a performance in Bogliasco, Italy by performers of the Conservatorio Nicolò Paganini (Genova).