Elizabeth Queen to Sing in Hawaii

Alumna Elizabeth Queen was offered roles in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival this summer. She will sing Le Feu and La Pastorelle in Ravel’s “l’Enfant et les Sortileges.”

She has also been accepted to the Emerging Artists’s Program at OperaWorks. The Emerging Artist Program is for young singers who want to strengthen their performance skills, expand their stage experience, and learn how to market themselves.

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.

Faculty on Advisory Committee for Int’l Trumpet Guild

Rob Frear and Richard Birkemeier have been appointed to the artistic advisory committee for the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim. The guild’s more than 5,000 members represent 56 countries and include professional and amateur performers, teachers, students, manufacturers, publishers, and others interested in belonging to an organization dedicated to the trumpet profession.

Nick Mancini Quartet at Jazz at LACMA

Nick Mancini’s quartet performed at Jazz at LACMA sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. Jazz at LACMA features leading Southern California artists. Celebrating over twenty years at LACMA, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable offerings. Over 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November.

(photo by Los Angeles Jazz Society)

Alex Miller to have Worked Performed on Hear Now

Lecturer Alex Miller’s composition Echoes in the Dark for six instruments was selected for performance on the 2014 Hear Now Music Festival in Venice, CA, alongside music by many other Los Angeles composers. His work will be performed on May 3rd, 2014.

Hear Now is combining forces with  P.I.E. (People Inside Electronics). Esa-Pekka Salonen is Honorary Artistic Advisor of Hear Now.

Harmony Sweepstakes Regional features Alumni

Defending Champions Honey Whiskey Trio (alumni Courtney Gasque, and Ann Louise Thaiss, Christina Wilson) hosted the Harmony Sweepstakes Regional A Cappella competition on April 5th at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. Our alumni permeated the awards.

Arf (with alumni Genevieve Artadi, Sean Fitzpartrick, Alexandra Domingo, and Andrea Calderwood, pictured) placed 2nd. Alexandra Domingo’s ”Like the First Time” received the award for best arrangement!

Down 4 The Count placed 3rd, and alumnus Colleen Keene received the award for best original composition with ”I’m Leaving SLO”

Our own Nick Mancini recorded and mixed “Like the First Time” at his new studio: https://soundcloud.com/alexandrinha/like-the-first-time