Jermie Arnold Conducts Maine All State Band

Jermie Arnold conducted the Maine All State Band on May 18th. The band consisted of 106 students from all across Maine Parents and fellow Music educators said it was one of the best All-State Band Concerts they had ever heard.

Mr. Arnold then traveled to New Haven, CT and spent three days in Charles Ives immersion.  He met with noted Ives Scholar James Sinclair, and Tom Duffy director of bands at Yale, and then spent hours pouring over Ives’ manuscripts housed in the Yale School of Music. He also traveled to Danbury, CT the birth place of Charles Ives.  A local Ives Scholar, Nancy Sudik, took him on a personal tour of over 100 miles in and around Danbury, including Putnam’s Park, one of the places of inspiration for Ives’s Three Places in New England. He hiked Pine Mountain and took pictures from the spot where Ives and his friends spent several summer days camping and where Ives may have conceived “Country Band” March and 1776

Yi Chen to Perform at 2013 Hong Kong Saxophone Symposium

Alumnus Yi Chen has been accepted to the  2013 Hong Kong Saxophone Symposium (HKISS) He will be in Hong Kong in mid-July.

HKISS is an international saxophone event initiated by Dr. Kenneth Tse aiming to provide a gathering of professionals, amateurs, students and enthusiasts who would like to learn more about saxophone performance, pedagogy and other aspects through interacting with internationally renowned artists. Tse is currently Professor of Saxophone at the University of Iowa, President-Elect of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and serving his second term as Vice-President of the International Saxophone Committee.

Yi will begin his DMA in saxophone performance at the University of Iowa starting Fall 2013. He will study with Dr. Kenneth Tse and has been offered a TA position in the Jazz Studies Department there.

Hook-ups and Speed Dating

Dr. Alan Shockely, George Wheeler, and grad student Eric Pham wrote “blind collaborative” pieces with choreographers which were performed 5/19 at Art Share LA on a concert entitled Hook-ups and Speed Dating. The series is curated by Dr. Robin Cox.

Elizabeth Schumann Receives Health Professions Award

Alumna Elizabeth Schumann is the 2013 recipient of the Miles D. McCarthy Health Professions Postbaccalaureate Award from CSU Fullerton. After completing her BM in voice at BCCM, Elizabeth earned a Pre-Health Professions Studies certificate from CSUF and will attending UC San Francisco School of Medicine in the fall.

Elizabeth is featured in an article on the CSU Fullteron news.  The Miles D. McCarthy Health Professions Postbaccalaureate Award is given for high academic achievement and commitment to serve humanity.

Honey Whiskey Trio Wins National Competition

Congratulations to alumni Christina Wilson, Ann Louise Thaiss, and Courtney Gasque (Honey Whiskey Trio). They won the national Harmony Sweepstakes and Audience Favorite. The Harmony Sweepstakes is an annual national competition drawing from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country; regionals are held in eight cities.

Honey Whiskey Trio was flown in to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals on May 18th at the Marin Center in San Rafael, California.

John Van Houten in Recital

John Van Houten Performed a Solo Recital this Last week at the Southwestern Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference  (SWRTEC) Also gave a Masterclass on the “Development of the Shift” for the Low Register of the Tuba.  Performed in His Tuba Quartet, “Rolling Thunder”

Abby Sherrill in the Valley Singer Challenge

Abby Sherrill won the opportunity to compete at the Valley Singer Challenge, funded by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. Auditions via Youtube were narrowed to 10 finalists who performed with the Tulare County Symphony in May.

Celebrating Music gets Rave Review

Celebrating Music received a fabulous review in the Long Beach Gazette. Jim Ruggirello wrote about Daphis et Chloe, “The winds in particular were phenomenal. I don’t usually review performances by individual students, but here let me give a shout-out to flutist Melissa Hulett, who knocked the famous solo out of the park.” And of the Mozart, “The fortissimo sections were thrillingly powerful, while the quieter passages were beautifully balanced and quite noticeably lovely. Talberg even managed somehow to create a nice reverberant echo in the Carpenter’s dry acoustic.”

Jason Switzer Sings with Long Beach Opera

Alumnus Jason Switzer, who studied with Marvallee Cariaga, is one of the singers in the Long Beach Opera production of Van Gogh by Michael Gordon and The Tell-Tale Heart by Stewart Copeland, at the EXPO Building on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls.

Alicia Doyle Awarded Enhancing Educational Effectiveness Through Technology grant

Alicia Doyle (Musicology) was awarded a competitive “Enhancing Educational Effectiveness Through Technology” (3ET) grant from the Faculty Center for Professional Development for her proposal entitled “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action.”  Dr. Doyle will redesign her MUS 190 class for music majors to incorporate active learning and project based instruction.