Ryan Ross to Perform Fiddler with Bryn Terfel

Alumnus Ryan Ross will perform with Grange Park Opera in London in two roles this season. He will sing Captain Petrovich and cover Onegin in GPOs production of “Eugene Onegin” and also be playing the part of Avram and sing along side his operatic hero Bryn Terfel for GPOs production of Fiddler on the Roof. They will cap off the 10-show run of Fiddler with a performance at the BBC proms in Albert Hall in July.

Five Downbeat Awards for Jazz Studies

Please send a huge congratulations to our Jazz Studies Program for taking home five Downbeat Magazine awards this year.

For the second consecutive year, CJO (Concert Jazz Orchestra), was named Best Large Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate College category. Back-to-back for CJO and Jeff Jarvis!

Saxophonist Anibal Seminario won the Graduate College Outstanding Performance. Anibal is completing his MM this semester

Pacific Standard Time won for Graduate College Outstanding Performance. That makes six consecutive years that PST under Christine Guter has won either Outstanding Performance or Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

The Glynis Davies Latin Group, coached by Christine Guter, won Graduate College Outstanding Performances – Latin Group. Glynis is completing her MM this semester.

And finally, Christine Guter was Guest Director for Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Honors Ensemble Winner with the Iowa State Jazz Choir.

The breadth and depth and consistency of these awards over the last several years is extraordinary. Congratulations to Jeff, Christine, the entire jazz faculty, and of course, to the remarkable students in Jazz Studies.


Holly Bishop Funds Afghan Orphanage Sponsorship

Holly Bishop established a Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) orphanage sponsorship for three young Afghan musicians: violinist Sunbol (basic needs), cellist Nazira (housing), and oboist Madina (healthcare). She and her husband raised the fund through their ensemble, Cuatro Puntos, a group of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the writing and performance of new music worldwide. They are also sponsoring a violin program in Kabul.

Kevin Chavez Co-hosts Greenroom Conversations Podcast

Alumnus Kevin Chavez is the cohost of the podcast “Greenroom Conversations” out of NYC. He and Carol Ann Aicher (faculty at Manhattan School of Music) interview musicians on the topic of “how to make it” in the performing arts.

Kevin is also the owner and editor for “Reed eBooks,” which publishes the new series “Making Reeds Start to Finish.” Under Kevin’s guidance, Reed eBooks published its first volume with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King in August 2012 in Apple’s iBookstore exclusively for iPad, and a second volume in 2014 by bassoonist George Sakakeeny.

Nicola Said Appointed Ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation

Alumna Nicolo Said has been appointed ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation. She “will be singing Malta’s praises and raising awareness about the island’s tourism,” according to an article in The Times of Malta. Nicola is currently studying at one of the world’s top conservatories, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

“The Malta Airport Foundation is part of the company’s strategic decision to use its corporate responsibility funds to implement projects that contribute more directly to the tourism industry by investing in Malta’s heritage and environment.”

Beth Peregrine in Performance with LAMC and LACO

Senior Beth Peregrine was one of 32 singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale invited to perform as a part of a collaboration between Maestro Jeffrey Kahane  and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.”Jeffrey Kahane explores the chilling mystery and score of the incomparable masterpiece Mozart wrote on his deathbed. After intermission, Kahane conducts Robert Levin’s innovative completion of this heart-wrenching work with soloists, full orchestra and the powerful Los Angeles Master Chorale.”

Brad Dutz Celebrates 10th anniversary of his Quartet

Lecturer Brad Dutz celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Brad Dutz Quartet with a performance at REDCAT last week. “Celebrated for bringing an airy, bright, thoroughly original instrumental palette to its blend of 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz, the quartet led by ace percussionist and composer Brad Dutz first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago. It features Dutz on marimba, vibes and all manner of hand percussion, Brian Walsh on clarinet and bass clarinet, Paul Sherman on oboe and English horn, and Chris Votek on cello, with their precise yet fluid contrapuntal work conjuring a vibrant sound like no other. Even as Dutz, one of the most sought-after session percussionists in L.A., forgoes the conventional grooves in favor of color and texture, the band always stirs up a brisk, propulsive swing.”