Nick Mancini to play at Secret City Event

Nick Mancini is the featured artist on The Secret City, an organization in NYC dedicated to their “on-going performance gathering for people who believe in the arts. Part ceremony, part salon, part tent revival, each gathering has a different theme and features an ever-changing roster of artists and performers sharing work relating to the theme.”

They wrote of him, “Nick is really a master… He’s been creating a name for himself there and leads and hosts a bunch of great jazz events in LA. I’ve had him in my sights as someone who would be great to present at The Secret City. So, this Sunday, June 14th at Bootleg Theater – the theme is FETISHES– Nick is our guy!”



Shigemi Matsumoto Invited to Sichuan Conservatory

Shigemi Matsumoto has been invited to give five master classes in Chengdu, China this summer at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. Her husband Marty Stark will be giving a “Music is a profession” seminar and will be educating the Chinese on how to have a music career in the US.

Alumni Marina Harris and Kenny Stavert will be giving a joint concert on the last day in Chengdu.

Raymond Torres-Santos in Puerto Rico

Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos will present “Puerto Rican Film Music,” a retrospective of music from 1950 to present, all curated and arranged for symphony orchestra by Dr. Torres-Santos. He will conduct the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra at the Symphony Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event is sponsored by the Puerto Rico Art Museum, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. In July, his jazz quintet and I will perform his CD, “Antillano” at the Heineken jazz event, Ventana al Jazz, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

David Garrett in Concert

David Garrett performed the Brahms Trio, Op. 114 and the Smetana String Quartet No. 1 on the Philharmonic’s recent chamber music program.

Garrett also performed at the Laszlo Varga memorial service at San Francisco State University. Varga, Principal Cellist of the NY Philharmonic under Mitropolous and Bernstein and long-time professor at SFSU, was Garrett’s teacher.

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem premiered in NYC

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra had its New York premiere by the Albany Pro Musica, the New York Capital Youth Chorale and members of the Albany Symphony with the participation of Lucile Beer, Robert Honeysucker and Oliver Nathanielsz on May 2, 2015 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York. Dr. Torres-Santos gave a pre-concert talk.

Also, his organ concert piece, “Jubilum,” is the subject of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.

Alex Miller’s 88 MPH for Magnetic Resonator Piano Premiered

Lecturer Alex Miller’s composition 88 MPH was premiered by Piano Sphere Satellite Series Pianist Nic Gerpe on the People Inside Electronics concert series in Pasadena last weekend.  The composition, inspired by the ‘Back to the Future’ movies, is for the Magnetic Resonator Piano. This instrument, invented by composer/engineer Andrew McPherson, uses electro-magnets inside a traditional grand piano to augment the timbral possibilities of the instrument and create numerous new effects.

Dave Gerhart Premieres Work for Solo Steelpan

Dave Gerhart was the featured soloist in a benefit concert for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Steel Orchestra Program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gerhart premiered “Passageways” for solo steelpan and percussion ensemble by Baljinder Sekhon. The premiere was part of a consortium of 44 steel drum performers and educators that Dr. Gerhart organized.


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.

BCCM Represents at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

CSULB was well represented at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. Dr. Ray Briggs gave five workshops and adjudicated several performances.

Special guest performers included alumni Josh Nelson and Katie Thiroux. Josh and Katie were part of the festival All-Star Quartet which backed several performers. They also gave clinics and workshops. Alumnus Adam Schroeder was a Performance Education Clinician. Alumnus Adam Schroeder was a Performance Education Clinician.

Joe Stone Featured

Oboe instructor Joe Stone was featured in the Long Beach Gazette in an article entitled, “Long Beach Symphony’s Oboist Lives His Music Every Day.” He noted that  education is important and a big part of his life. Of our conservatory and students he said, “I really love that school. There’s a nice, professional focus. The students are on a career track.”

In January and February this year, Joe performed for critically acclaimed production of Billy Eliot at La Mirada Theater, Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga concert at the Wiltern Theater, 70′s rock group Sparks at the Ace Hotel, Pixar movie “Inside/Out, Disney movie “Tomorrowland”, Disney cartoon “Frozen Fever”, and live performance of “The Godfather” movie at the Nokia.


photo credit: Rebecca Y. Mata

Jeff Jarvis as Clinician and Performer

Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Jarvis served as clinician at the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival in Fresno CA last weekend.  On March 7th, Jarvis performed at the annual “Classnotes” concert at Los Alamitos High School along with Dan Higgins, Charlie Morillas, Kye Palmer, and CSULB alums Mike King, Bill Liston, and Nick Chaffee. The program featured the music of Bill Liston and Jeff Jarvis.

Brad Dutz Celebrates 10th anniversary of his Quartet

Lecturer Brad Dutz celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Brad Dutz Quartet with a performance at REDCAT last week. “Celebrated for bringing an airy, bright, thoroughly original instrumental palette to its blend of 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz, the quartet led by ace percussionist and composer Brad Dutz first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago. It features Dutz on marimba, vibes and all manner of hand percussion, Brian Walsh on clarinet and bass clarinet, Paul Sherman on oboe and English horn, and Chris Votek on cello, with their precise yet fluid contrapuntal work conjuring a vibrant sound like no other. Even as Dutz, one of the most sought-after session percussionists in L.A., forgoes the conventional grooves in favor of color and texture, the band always stirs up a brisk, propulsive swing.”

Justin Hageman in Performance

Horn Instructor Justin Hageman played with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in their post-Grammy concert at the Wiltern Theater. His recent recording projects include the upcoming movie, Run All Night, and TV shows, Family Guy, American Dad, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.