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.

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.”

George and Beverly August Piano Competition

Congratulations to all who competed in the inaugural George and Beverly August Piano Competition. Adjudicator Dr. Mark Sullivan was impressed with our strong keyboard program.

The results are as follows: First (tie): Andrew Dyquiangco, Aaron Ramirez; Second (tie): Danielle Yi, Chris Maldonado; Third: Paul Blackwell, Honorable mention: Austin Kebeley

Matthew Hettwer Finalist in Jazz Trombone Competition

Matthew Hettwer advanced to the final round in the ITA Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. He is one of only three finalists (the other two are from the Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music). The final round will take place in Valencia, Spain, at the International Trombone Festival in July. The Carl Fontana Competition is for jazz trombonists ages 22 and under.

 

photo credit: Jimmy Emerzian

Erin Miller’s Research Featured in Research at the Beach

MM candidate Erin Miller’s research is in the spotlight in this month’s “Research at the Beach” Newsletter.  The article explores Erin’s work on how artists have used their voices to represent the marginalized groups in their respective experiences, taking into consideration gender and feminist readings of meaning and identity, and hermeneutic meanings in texts and poetry.

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.”

Whiplash Nominated for Best Picture

Little did we know that when Jazz Studies was contacted by a Hollywood casting agency in the summer of 2013 to hire extras for a feature film about college jazz bands that “Whiplash” would go on to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture.

Drew Ninmer, Jason Fabus, Taylor Smith, Patrick Lenertz, and Gary Soland appeared and are credited as members of the conservatory jazz orchestra in the film, which focuses on a drummer in as he struggles to impress a merciless teacher. “Whiplash” received a total of five Oscar nominations; J.K. Simmons, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the teacher, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.