Maria Lazarova Completes Online Opera Role

Lecturer Maria Lazarova has wrapped on “Vireo” an opera created expressly for episodic release via broadcast and online media, by Lisa Bielawa, composer, and Erik Ehn, Librettist. Maria appears with the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School Choir, and several excellent vocalists. The opera won the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award.  In spring 2017, KCET will release all twelve episodes at once for free, on-demand streaming, which is a first for the network.

Katharin Rundus’s “Cantabile: Voice Class” Receives Rave Review

Lecturer Katharin Rundus’s latest book, Cantabile: Voice Class is reviewed in this month’s Classical Singer Magazine; also included is an interview with her. The book is intended for a one-semester class for beginning vocalists, a “bootcamp” as she refers to it.

From Classical Singer Magazine’s review: “Rundus presents the terms and concepts of vocal pedagogy in a manner that makes them accessible and intelligible without being watered down… Cantabile: Voice Class is … poised to become a standard text for teaching beginning singers.”

Faculty, Students, and Alumni at the Broad

Adjunct flute faculty Rena Urso-Trapani performed on the Broad’s “Beethoven, Bagels and Banter” series at The Edye, with flutist Carol Wincenc, harpist Katerina Englichova, and violinist Robert Davidovici. Also performing in the chamber ensemble were current and former students Catherine Hirabayashi (flute), Tim Jensen (bass), Christian Siqueiros (horn), and Adam Wolf (horn).

Sal Lozano as Guest Artist

Sal Lozano was a guest artist at Lynchburg College at their Second Annual LC JazzFest.

Sal has been a member of the Dancing with the Stars House Band, the American Idol House Band, and the Academy Awards Orchestra along with numerous other television and commercial credits. He has also performed at the Gala for the President at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. and as a soloist with the Pacific Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

A few of the artists Sal has recorded with include Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Lalo Schifrin, Brian McKnight, Michael Buble, Keely Smith, Barbra Streisand, Joey DeFrancesco, and Maynard Ferguson.


Dave Gerhart Gives Clinics, Performs as Soloist

Lecturer Dave Gerhart recently gave master classes at Minnesota State University and North Dakota University. He also performed Passageways by Baljinder Sekhon with RimShots! Percussion Ensemble, and judged the MacPhail Percussion Showcase.

Dr. Gerhart is shown here with Clovis North High School’s Percussion Ensemble with whom he also performed Passageways at the National Percussion Ensemble Festival in Indianapolis.

Bob Cole at CASMEC

The Bob Cole Conservatory had huge presence at the California All State Music Educator’s Conference (CASMEC) in San Jose. In addition to exhibiting in the hall, led by Rob Frear and Jeff Jarvis, Dr. Zanutto, Dr. Rundus and Professor Jarvis presented sessions on Music Technology, Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Classroom and the future of Jazz Education, respectively. Alumna Sarah Owen presented a session on SmartMusic Research.

Jeffrey DeSeriere (BM Music Ed/MM Instrumental Conducting) led the True Brass Choir with many current students and alumni among the musicians. Honey Whiskey Trio with alumni Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss, and Christina Wilson presented a session.

Justin Padilla (BM Saxophone Performance and Music Education) led the All-State Jr. High Jazz Ensemble. Joshua Chai, (MM Choral Conducting) accompanied the All-State Women’s Choir.

Steve Blum (BM Jazz Studies) accompanied the All-State Jazz Choir. John Tebay (MM, Choral Conducting) led the Fullerton College Concert Choir and John Byun (MM, Choral Conducting) led the Riverside City College Chamber Singers in invited performances.

Ray Briggs Interviewed for Black History Month

The CSULB Office of Media and Government relations featured an interview with Dr. Ray Briggs for Black History Month. Dr. Briggs spoke about the inextricable link between African-American history and African-American music. He is quoted as noting, “‘Spiritual song lyrics such as ‘Go Down Moses, tell old Pharaoh to let my people go’ reflected the crux of slave theology. They were saying, ‘We are like those Hebrews. We are like those people who were enslaved in a foreign land and just like God worked on their behalf he will work on ours.’ If they had said that directly to the slave owners there would have been serious consequences. So, they had to sing it and code it in a way that could not easily be detected, but still allowed for them to express themselves. For one’s psychological well-being we know that expression is important. It’s a human desire, a human need. For them, in a sense, it was a means of survival’.”



Alan Shockley’s Toy Piano Miniature at International Toy Piano Festival

Pianist Mark Robson played Alan Shockley’s toy piano miniature “the reverse balducci” on his program at the International Toy Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida in mid-January.

In addition Dr. Shockley’s paper “Inversions of all this chambermade music”: ‘Napoleon Symphony, the Wake,’ and Mature Counterpoint’ has been accepted for the 25th International James Joyce Symposium hosted by the University of London this June.