Sarah Sandvig Sign 12-Book Deal

Alumna Sarah Sandvig, class of 2004 (MA Music Ed), signed with Kendall Hunt Publishing for her Music Theory for Singers book series (12 books total) in 2012.

Her books are available online and in stores, and are being developed into apps to be released next year. Since graduating, she taught music in Los Alamitos Unified for 7 years, released a cd of jazz standards, “Serendipity,” available on iTunes, and served as state chair for the MTAC voice program Certificate of Merit.

She is currently teaching a full studio, remains active with MTAC and NATS, and enjoys adjudicating, performing, and writing articles for multiple music journals.

Darren Loney’s Gahr HS Band Wins State Championship

Alumnus Darren Loney led his Gahr High School Band to the Division 4 State Championship  After advancing to the California State Grand Championships they took home the Grand Champion Trophy, Gold Medal. Gahr senior flutist Sayra Rosales received the Outstanding Soloist Award. Over half the band – 53 students – were freshmen or first-year members of the group. This is only the second year since Gahr High School has restarted its competitive marching program.

Sandy Collins Spahr awarded Opera Colorado Grant

Alumna Sandy Collins Spahr (2006 double major in Music Ed and Horn Performance) teaches MS and HS Orchestra and Drama teacher at Frontier Academy in Greeley, CO. She won the 2012-13 “Page to Stage,” a grant awarded by Opera Colorado to one high school each year. The grant funded a full production for 31 student ages 14-18 to adapt The Scarlett letter into a musical. Students, with guidance from Sandy, two other teachers, and Opera Colorado, wrote the script, lyrics and music. They also designed props and created costumes, held auditions and acted and directed the production.

The local paper featured their story: Sandy wrote, “I am so thankful for the education I received at CSULB!  I consistently am reminded of what a high-caliber education I received as I’m out in the work world comparing my training with other colleagues.”