Congratulations to PST (Pacific Standard Time) who gave an outstanding performance at JEN (Jazz Education Network) in Louisville. They were given the honor of performing with Kurt Elling.

Elling recorded a demo in the early 1990s and was signed by Blue Note Records, releasing a total of six albums with the label. He has been nominated for ten Grammy Awards, winning Best Vocal Jazz Album for Dedicated to You (2009) on the Concord Jazz label. Elling often leads the DownBeat critics poll, and he was awarded the Prix Billie Holiday from the Académie du Jazz. (text from Wikipedia)


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.


The Bob Cole Conservatory Saxophones performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region II Conference at Northern Arizona University last week. James Barrera gave a lecture. The University Saxophone performed Jacob T.V.’s “Body of your Dreams,” The Saxophone Ensemble played a full concert, and James Barrera performed Mark Kilstofte’s “Sonata” at the conference. Krissia Molina was a member of a consortium to commissioned a work for Baritone Saxophone and Electronics, “Drum N’ Bari,” by Benjamin Taylor. Krissia premiered it at the conference. She and others in the consortium have the rights to perform the work for a year before it’s available to the public.

The Thorton Sax Trio from USC also performed at NASA  All three members of the trio are alumni: Nathan Chiang, Peter Martin, and John Hallberg. The Stratus Duo with alumnus Peter Martin and Andrew Vang (flute), and Yi Chen who is a TA now in the doctoral program at the University of Iowa, also performed.

John Putnam at Northeast Horn Workshop

Alumnus John Putnam will be performing Prince Timothy Burns “Sketches for solo horn,” the premier of Mark Taylor “Paladin and the Drunken Cenobite,” and joint lecture with James Hampson on “Practical applications of the natural horn in the 21st century” at the Northeast Horn Workshop at Penn State School of Music at the end of January.


photo credit Mary Pencheff Photography


Pacific Standard Time has been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City. This is their second consecutive invitation to the ACDA National Conference.

Film Score vs. Film Music Colloquium

The musicology department will be hosting a colloquium organized by the Freie Universität in Berlin on June 5 and 6 in room C-100. The focus of the gathering is “Film Score vs. Film Music,” and Roger Hickman will read a paper entitled “Music for Mayhem, Madness, and Murder; Adaptations of Classical music in Film Noir.” As Dr. Hickman said, “Sounds like a deadly topic to me.”

Alicia Doyle Hosts Winter Meeting of AMS Pacific Southwest Chapter

Alicia Doyle (musicology): as the Pacific Southwest Chapter president of the American Musicological Society, Alicia Doyle hosted the winter chapter meeting on February 15 at UC Santa Barbara.  The meeting was attended by scholars from CSULB, UCSB, USC, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of La Verne, Occidental College, UC Riverside, Westmont College,  CSU Northridge, UC San Diego, University of Oregon, University of Texas, and NYU.  Of the eight papers selected for presentation, two were the work of current CSULB musicology students and a third was presented by a CSULB musicology alum.

Alumna Sarah Carrier at 2014 National Flute Association convention

Alumna Sarah Carrier’s proposal for the 2014 National Flute Association convention was accepted, and as a result, her group Parhelion Trio will perform two works: Glassworks by Sunny Knable  and Techno-Parade by Guillame Connesson.

Sarah writes, “We are very thrilled to be a part of this year’s theme: Perform, Inspire, and Educate.  This theme is especially meaningful to me because of the impact of my two major teachers, John Barcellona and Robert Dick (who is this year’s recipient of the NFA Lifetime Achievement Award).”

BCCM Recruits at California All-State Music Education Conference

Six of our faculty attended CASMEC, the California All-State Music Education Conference, in Fresno last weekend. John Carnahan and the Wind Symphony performed a clinic on clarity and Christine Guter directed the high school all-state vocal jazz ensemble.

BCCM had a recruiting booth manned by all in attendance including Jermie Arnold, Deb Mitchell, Dan Zanutto, and Carolyn Bremer. Several alumni and students came by for their BCCM alumni buttons.

Alex Miller in New England for Performances

Lecturer Alex Miller will be visiting New England for two performances of his compositions at the end of October.  Pianist Vincent Craig will be performing his work Actions & Resonances in a recital at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, and shortly thereafter, Miller will be performing his own guitar solo Flatiron at the CMS National Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.