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.

Kathi Rundus Publishes new Book

Dr. Kathi Rundus book, “Cantabile Voice Class,” was released by Pavane Publishers. It is a lower division text book for Voice classes and follows Dr. RUndus’s 2009 vocal pedagogy book “Cantabile.” “Choral Cantabile” is set for a 2016 release by Pavane. Additionally, she was chosen to be a presenter at the CASMEC convention in San Jose in February 2016. The presentation will equip choral directors with  ”best practice” techniques in teaching breath management  to choral ensembles. She has also been selected as a presenter at the CASMEC convention in San Jose in February 2016. The presentation will equip choral directors with “best practice” techniques in teaching breath management  to choral ensembles.

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.