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.”

Jotaro Nakano Named Conducting Fellow at LB Symphony

Alumnus Jotaro Nakano is now the Conducting Fellow for the Long Beach Symphony, succeeding alumnus Mark Alpizar who is pursuing his DMA at ASU.

Long Beach Symphony celebrates its 81st season in 2015-2016. The Symphony also provides a sequential, comprehensive music education program serving over 24,000 local school children with access to music at their schools, local libraries, hospitals, and community centers, as well as School Ensembles & Youth Concerts for EVERY Long Beach 2nd – 5th grader in the public school system.

Shannon Gravelle Named Interim DCA

Alumnus Shannon Gravelle (MM Choral Conducting 2013) has been named Interim Director of Choral Activities at the University of Omaha-Nebraska. Shannon completed her coursework for the DMA at the University of Iowa in just two years, and will be spending time in Russia this summer researching her dissertation before taking up her new post in Omaha.

Jeff deSeriere to Participate in “Pershing’s Own” Conducting Workshop

MM Candidate in Wind Conducting Jeff deSeriere is one of only six participants in The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Conducting Workshop with Col. Timothy Holtan and Dr. Jack Stamp. Jeff will study with both conductors and have the opportunity to conduct the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” “Pershing’s Own” is the Army’s premier musical organization and provides musical support for the leadership of the United States. It is stationed in Washington D.C.

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.

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.

Brandon Faber Executive Director Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony

Alumnus Brandon Faber (MM Conducting) was featured in “Spotlight on Small Business” as Executive Director, Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra. When asked, “What’s in store for the future?” Brandon answered, “…we will be increasing our concert programs and continuing the work of our educational programs. We offer four subscription concerts and six robust educational opportunities. In the coming years, we will move to a six concert subscription series plus a summer concert as well as increasing our educational reach. A larger state-based concerto competition, a countywide Teen Council mentor program, a high school and middle school side-by-side performance program, a young people’s concert, and an advanced program for the study of orchestral conducting are a sampling of the educational programs in our long-term plan. We’re a very busy group of people—and that’s one thing that won’t change in the future.”