Bob Cole at 47th International Horn Symposium

Several current and former students and faculty participated in the 47th International Horn Symposium held at the Colburn School: Brian Shetland and Gabi Mocilnikar performed Peaslee’s “The Devil’s Harold” for tuba, four horns, four wagner tuben, and percussion.

Melisandra Teteris gave a presentation on “Arvīds Klišāns and the Preservation of the Latvian Horn Tradition.” Sarah Krueger participated in a master class with Eli Epstein. The Quintessential Winds with alumni Ryan Murray, Maralynne Mann, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Adrian Dunker also performed. Those participating and attending include: Katy Robinson, Christian Siquerios, Liam Lacey, Mark Ghiassi, Jenny Serda, and Brian Shetland, along with current and former faculty Jim Atkinson and Dylan Skye Hart.

In addition to performing in groups and masterclasses, attending recitals by some of the elite horn players, participants attended a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and played in a flash mob of hundreds of horn players in downtown LA.

Jeff deSeriere to Participate in “Pershing’s Own” Conducting Workshop

MM Candidate in Wind Conducting Jeff deSeriere is one of only six participants in The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Conducting Workshop with Col. Timothy Holtan and Dr. Jack Stamp. Jeff will study with both conductors and have the opportunity to conduct the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” “Pershing’s Own” is the Army’s premier musical organization and provides musical support for the leadership of the United States. It is stationed in Washington D.C.

Andy Konopak wins Musical Merit Scholarship

Junior Andy Konopak was awarded a $4,000 Musical Merit Scholarship from the Musical Merit Foundation where he was one of eleven finalists. He will use the prize money to finance his study at AIMS in Graz this summer.

The Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego has held a yearly competition for instrumentalists and vocalists since 1946.

Celebrating Music 2015

Tonight marks Bob Cole Conservatory’s annual Celebrating Music concert, preceded by our Alumni Reunion. The concert will feature our new Director of String Studies, violinist Moni Simeonov, who will join the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony on Vaughan William’s beautifully romantic The Lark Ascending. Combined choirs and orchestra will present Mozart’s powerful C-Minor mass to bring our Academic year to a close.

The 2015 Celebrating Music Award will be presented to former Music Department Chair, College of the Arts Dean, Provost, and Interim President Donald J. Para.

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.


Benton-Thomas Preciado at United Negro College Masked Ball

Benton-Thomas Preciado performed at the United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The Ball is one of the Los Angeles’ signature fundraising gala and premier social events of the year. UNCF recognizes the extraordinary work of corporations and individual who have made significant contributions to UNCF’s work to improve the educational outcomes of African American and other minority students who deserve a quality, affordable college education.

BCCM at NASA

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.