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.

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.