Alan Shockley’s Toy Piano Miniature at International Toy Piano Festival

Pianist Mark Robson played Alan Shockley’s toy piano miniature “the reverse balducci” on his program at the International Toy Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida in mid-January.

In addition Dr. Shockley’s paper “Inversions of all this chambermade music”: ‘Napoleon Symphony, the Wake,’ and Mature Counterpoint’ has been accepted for the 25th International James Joyce Symposium hosted by the University of London this June.

Seth Shafer’s piece at ICMC

Alumnus Seth Shafer’s piece Pulsar [Variant II] was performed at the International Computer Music Society at the University of North Texas where Seth is pursuing his doctorate. The piece for solo trumpet and live electronics explores two competing models of time: an unrelentingly fixed metrical time, and a type of static, or frozen time. Using echo and repetition as a point of departure, time is treated as a malleable material looking forward to the past and remembering the future.

Raymond Torres-Santos “Jubilum” Premiered

Organist Andrés Mojica gave the world premiere of Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos’s organ concert piece, Jubilum, in a sold out concert at the University Theater of the Puerto Rico University in San Juan. The concert included works from the standard organ repertoire by Bach, Mendelssohn and Widor. Dr. Torres-Santoaddressed the public in a pre-concert talk about the work. Subsequent concerts of the work include those at the University of Kansas in December 2, 2015 and the Methuen Memorial Hall in Massachusetts in June 15, 2016.

Joe Sanders Wins John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Alumnus Joe Sanders won the Grand Prize in the World category of the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His song, “Kundiman,” was performed by Senior Kathleen Van Ruiten. “Kundiman” served as the music behind the credits of “The Last Arrow” a game produced by the Video Game Development Association at CSULB.

Joe scored “Zoe and the Price” which won Best Runner Up at the The 48 Hour Film Project. Filmmakers from all over the Los Angeles area competed to see who could make the best short film in only 48 hours. Joe started scoring at 5am and delivered everything at 4pm the same day.

Joe Sanders Selected for Film Scoring Internship

Alumnus Joe Sanders was selected to be part of the 2015-2016 The Society of Composers & Lyricists Mentor Program, through a very competitive national process. Activities in the program include sitting in on recording sessions, meetings with major agents, music supervisors and performing rights societies; and spending time with one of our mentor composers. Joe will have the opportunity to meet with and observe music editors, orchestrators, music copyists, scoring engineers, orchestra conductors, and studio musicians.

David Ortega at Harvard University’s Launchpad

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?”

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.