Over 1,000 Posts

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Blog has published over 1,000 posts.

The blog is a testament to the remarkable work our faculty, staff, students, and alumni do. Congratulations to us all!

Chamber Choir at CASMEC

The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir performed a concert of works to bring awareness of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at CASMEC, the California All-State Music Education Conference. The responses were extraordinary.

Armenian composer Kevin Memley (pictured here with conductor, composer, and alto section leader of Chamber Choir, Vasken Ohanian) wrote of Chamber Choir’s concert: “After attending your concert last night, I was left stunned and mostly speechless.  I could go on about how your fine technique and tone was pure musical perfection, but I would consider it an insult to you to do so.  Your singing was so much more than that, and it found its way right to my core as a human being.”

Carolyn Bremer’s Singing Bowls

Carolyn Bremer was featured in a Press Telegram article about the spring semester’s Tibetan singing bowl concert. She and several faculty, students, and alumni perform a meditative concert at the beginning of each semester.

The audience is invited to sit on stage and be surrounded by the bowls. Later in each concert, the bowls are passed among to audience members to play. After the concert many audience members stay to ask questions or to put the bowls over their heads for a surprisingly immersive experience.

Mike Miley one of 10 Best Rock Drummers

Alumnus Mike Miley (Rival Sons) was named one of the “10 best rock drummers in the world right now” by musicradar.com 2014. They mention, “The Californian rockers dropped their fifth studio album, Great Western Valkryie, which took just five weeks to record in Nashville but earned them a five-star review in Rhythm for its sweet kit sounds and Mike Miley’s unquestionably huge groove.”

Aaron Williams in Raditatical

Alumnus Aaron Williams starred in Raditactical, a show created by rhythmic juggling beatboxer Bronkar Lee (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent), and director Ameenah Kaplan (STOMP!, Blue Man Group).

The show was an original immersive rhythmic-theater experience designed to uplift and inspire through music, laughter, and raw energy. Raditatical told a story more through action and music than dialogue. The hero’s journey into rhythm engages the crowd as music is made for — and with — the audience. Each member of the ensemble blended high caliber musicianship with stunts and movement, which was supported by stunning visual effects.

Sebastien Najand Composer for League of Legends

Alumnus Sebastien Najand is full-time composer for Riot Games (a video game company which produces League of Legends). As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.

Sebastien traveled to Seoul for the League of Legends world finals where a project he worked on with Imagine Dragons was performed. He composed the music for live orchestra for parts of the competition.