Singing the Unsung Song

Dr. Alicia’s Doyle’s paper, “Singing the Unsung Song of Repurposed Music Manuscripts,” has been accepted for the 2013 The Medieval Association of the Pacific conference.

John van Houten performs Jaws parody

Adjunct tuba instructor, John van Houten and and Alumni Stephen Hughes recorded Fox’s “Family Guy” on October, 22. The episode includes a tuba solo, a parody of “Jaws,” which depicts a turtle getting flushed down a toilet only to come back with a vengeance.

Desha Dunnahoe’s film orchestration

HBO aired the acclaimed documentary “Ethel” on October 18. The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, celebrates the life of Ethel Kennedy, the wife of late Senator Robert F Kennedy and mother of the director. Desha Dunnahoe orchestrated the score.

Jonathan Talberg, LA Bach Festival director

Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Professor and Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies concluded the 79th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival with a performance of Cantata #80 with Bob Cole Conservatory Alumni Ashley Seaton (BM 2008), Gregorio Taniguchi (BM 2010), and Sean Fitzpatrick (BM, 2011) singing the solos. The five-concert program included two organ recitals, an evening with the Horizon Chamber Choir and Players, where Stephen Salts (MM 2014)  sang the baritone solos, and a piano recital of Bach’s keyboard works influenced by the Italian and French schools.

Zachary Gerhart, newest member of BCCM

Alumna Cynthia Gerhart and Dr. Dave Gerhart, Area Director of Percussion, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Zachary Andrew Gerhart. Zach was born on October 17. The whole family, including older brother Drew, are doing well.

CJO at Los Angeles Jazz Institute

CJO played at the prestigious Los Angeles Jazz Institute event “Groovin’ Hard” at the LAX Marriott on Friday, October 12 as part of a five-day jazz festival celebrating the Big Band Renaissance.

Alicia Doyle reelected AMS Chapter president

Alicia Doyle, musicology faculty, has been elected into a second term as the president of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society.  She held the first chapter meeting of her second term on October 6 at Occidental College.  Scholars from the chapter boundaries (Northern Arizona, Southern Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands) were in attendance.

Althea Waites and Celebration: Music of American Composers

Althea Waites most recent CD, Celebration: Music of American Composers has been released. It contains works by John W. Work, Margaret Meier, Duke Ellington, Jeremiah Evans, and Curt Cacioppo. Many of our faculty and staff assisted with the production including Matt Pogue, Mark Uranker, Rychard Cooper, and alumnus David Goyette.