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.”

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.

Chris Rountree Receives a Rave Review

Alumnus Chris Rountree received a rave review of his new music ensemble, WildUp’s performance a the Music Academy (Montecito) in the LA Times.

Mark Swed wrote, “All the performances, led by Rountree, were exceptional, the ensemble turning on an astonishing stylistic dime. This group really has come a long way — technically, intellectually, emotionally and technologically. I worry about the future of Southern California citrus in a future of climate change, but on Saturday night, the future of classical music — of all music — seemed in the right new hands.”

Jeff DeSeriere Appointed to Faculty at Orange County School of the Arts

MM Conducting student Jeff DeSeriere has been appointed as the new Symphonic Band conductor at the Orange County School of the Arts.

OCSA send out a new release to their Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program Families which read, ”I am excited to inform you that we have hired a new Clarinet/Chamber Music teacher, Ms. Alana Miles, and a new Symphonic Band conductor, Mr. Jeffrey de Seriere. Both outstanding educators come to OCSA with an impressive background and exciting energy! We are very lucky to be adding Ms. Miles and Mr. de Seriere to our Wind Studies Program staff and I look forward to their wonderful work with our students. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Miles and Mr. de Seriere to the OCSA family!”

OSCA, a 7th–12th grade public charter school, has been consistently recognized as a US News’ “Best High Schools” program. 99% of its graduates attend college. (In the summer of 2012, the name of the school was changed from OCHSA (Orange County High School of the Arts) to OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts).)

Stephen Salts Gives Command Performance

Alumnus Stephen Salts gave a Command Performance this morning. While on his Fulbright, Stephen is singing with The Choir of Royal Holloway. They performed at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall with Her Majesty The Queen in attendance. The performance of Paul Mealor’s commissioned work was broadcast live on BBC1. This is Stephen’s photo of the royal family.