Leeav Sofer Gets Raves Reviews

Alumnus Leeav Sofer wrote the music for and is starring in the play, Man Covets Bird.  The reviews are coming in and they are terrific. From a radio review on KCRW: ”24th Street’s production is as sophisticated as the script. When you walk into the theater it’s an empty stage: no set, no props – just a couple of small boxes, a guitar, a keyboard, and a clarinet on the margins. But once the play starts the world transforms. First, through the two remarkable and lovable actors Andrew Huber and Leeav Sofer who play the man and the bird – and those instruments. They enchant us with their wonderful, open presence and their gorgeous singing voices. Once their journey begins, the blank walls of the theater come to life with simple line-drawn animations that turn a stack of blocks into a loving mother and an empty wall into a glowing cityscape. It’s theater magic.”

Musicals in LA wrote, “Written by leading children’s playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, Devine has taken the one-man play with music and staged it for two men (Andrew Huber as Man and Leeav Sofer as Bird) incorporating an original score by Sofer using his clarinet as the voice of the bird. That decision alone adds a profound sensitivity to the piece… With Sofer taking on double duty as both composer and actor, there is always a sense of the space being filled with possibility, even in the deliberate silences. The two actors connect intimately and deeply, and because of their open-hearted commitment, we go along with them not quite knowing what to expect but realizing that by the end of the 75-minute journey we will have been part of something extraordinary.


Cuatro Puntos Receives Grants

Alumna Holly Bishop and Cuatro Puntos were among the 3% of applicants selected to be funded by New Music USA. Their project is a tri-national recording collaboration between Cuatro Puntos, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and UK composer Sadie Harrison. Thanks to New Music USA, all album proceeds will go back to the Afghan children.

Cuatro Puntos also secured a grant from the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, to design a Spring 2016 residency with the public school district in Boston.

They were featured on wnpr http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-chamber-groups-goal-merely-world-peace#stream/0


Tim Buchholz in Adventure Race National Championship

Alumnus Tim Buchholz and team finished 9th in the nation in the grueling Adventure Race National Championship. They completed the race in just under 23 hours using, according to the USARA website, “only a map and compass to guide them while transitioning between several disciplines such as: Trail Running / Trekking, Mountain Biking, Paddling and Orienteering.” Dr. Buchholz is Assistant Professor of Music at University of Wisconsin-Marathon County  where he directs the vocal jazz ensembles, and teaches voice and aural skills.

Luc Kleiner Helps Prospective Music Students Navigate College

Alumnus Luc Kleiner spoke on a panel at the Music Center, presented by majoringinmusic.com, on “What I Wish I Knew When I started College.”

MajoringInMusic.com is a portal through which key information about music schools, summer music programs, and relevant music resources can be easily accessed.

Luc is also the new marketing intern for Seeadot Music Publishing.

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.

American Youth Symphony ads BCCM Students and Alumni

Sophomore Joseph Mora (tuba), Senior Tim Jensen (bass), and MM students Emma McAllister and Momo Enchev (violins) successfully auditioned into the American Youth Symphony. Geoun Shin (violin) and alumni Nina Kang (violin) Annie Reed (viola), and Joy Yi (viola) are continuing members. Alumna Christie Glaser (flute) is on the sub list. Pictured are Emma McAlliser, Tim Jensen, Annie Reed, and Momo Enchev.

The American Youth Symphony provides professional training for musicians through a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. Competitively selected, Fellows receive a full scholarship, have the opportunity to perform at Royce Hall and work alongside world class guest artists.

Their first concert featured Star Trek Into Darkness performed live to picture, conducted by David Newman and special guest Composer Michael Giacchino, pictured here with Emma McAllister.

Leaav Sofer at Colburn

The Colburn School’s Facebook page shared this quote from alumnus Leeav Sofer: “Music…doesn’t see color; it doesn’t see race; it doesn’t see gender. Music is beyond that; it transcends that. Whether you have kids from schools that have never been able to sing before, or affluent kids that have been singing since their toddler age, you put them both in a room and give them a song to sing, and the joy in that room will just be completely astounding.

“It will bring them all together in this one place for this one cause that is bigger than them as individuals, and instead brings all of their individual voices together as one voice. And I think something like music, being able to do that, is something really important to remember and to keep these kids coming back for more.” – Leeav Sofer, #SummerEncounter15 voice faculty

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?”