Dolfo Picanço Featured in Paper

Alumnus Dolfo Picanço was featured in Millikan High’s school paper in an article. The drum major, Kai Bauer said, “Mr. P actually exceed my expectations…” He has “the competitive edge that lights a fire in us, something that hasn’t happened here in the past three years, What we’re doing here is the start of something great.” We have a three-alumni team at Milikan with Renee Batia, Drake York, and Dolfo Picanço teaching music there.

Ryan Ross Featured in Hometown Paper

Alumnus Ryan Ross’s hometown paper, the Lyon Country Reporter, published a retrospective of his career to date. The article notes his study at the Bob Cole Conservatory and his successes, such as singing “Fiddler on the Roof” with Bryn Terfel at the Royal Albert Hall in London for an audience of 6,000. After graduating from the Wales International Academy of Voice, Ryan has gone on to an international career in opera.

Jazz at the Beach in Inside CSULB

Jazz at the Beach is featured in August’s Inside CSULB. Author Rick Manly notes: “Professional recognition has been consistent including the program’s recent receipt of five Downbeat Magazine awards naming the Concert Jazz Orchestra for the second year as Best Large Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate College category. And Christine Guter has led the vocal jazz program to four consecutive Downbeat wins in the Graduate College Vocal Jazz Category.”

Leaav Sofer Featured as Colburn Glee Choir Director

Angeles Magazine featured the  Colburn’s Glee Choir directed by Alumnus Leaav Sofer in the Oct 10th issue. The article notes of Leaav, “He takes time in every rehearsal to teach music theory, and students visit the keyboard lab to practice playing piano.

“I’m trying to equip them so they can actually be musicians, not just choir singers,” said Sofer, who is planning to concentrate on American folk-themed songs for fall and songs with love themes for spring.”



Run River North Profiled in Wall Street Journal

Run River North with BCCM violinist Jennifer North was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Their first album was released in February and they played to a sold-out Troubador for their release party.
As is noted in the article, “The band devoted the past year to writing new songs, recording an album and building its fan base. This year, after touring across the U.S., the group will perform in several countries in Asia, where Warner Music Group will release its album.”
Photo credit: Winni Wintermeyer for The Wall Street Journal

Nicola Said Featured in Maltese Paper

The Malta Sunday Circle Magazine ran a feature on Alumna Nicola Said during a recent visit home to the island. When asked to give advice to young musicians, she responded “…just enjoy the journey! So much of the time we spend worrying about the future and whether this is going to happen, we forget to enjoy the moment.”

The article notes upcoming performances: a recital at St James Cavalier (Malta) and the Valletta International Baroque Festival in January, a recital of music by Maltese Composers at St. John’s Waterloo in February, and a summer concert in Bath.