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.

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.