Megan Berti on Tour in Eastern Europe

Alumna Megan Berti sang the mezzo solos in Mozart’s Mass in C on tour with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra at St. Stephen’s Basilica and at the Royal Palace in Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Dvorák’s Requiem in Prague at Dvorák Hall.

She is pictured here singing in Bratislava.

Nicola Said in Masterclass with Renee Fleming

Alumna Nicola Said, who is studying at the Guildhall School in London, has been invited to sing in a private masterclass with Renee Fleming. She will also be singing “Dal tuo gentil sembiante” and a duet/trio with orchestra in Bath at the Holborn Museum, and Monteverdi in a Church in London this July.

Ramsey Castaneda and Jason Fabus Perform for Opening of Monsters U

Ramsey Castaneda and Jason Fabus performed as members of the All American Band on the red (blue, actually) carpet at the world premiere of Monsters University in Hollywood. They played three sets on the red carpet, marched down Hollywood Blvd playing the Monsters U fight song, and also played and danced at the tailgate party.

They played the fight song marching into the El Capitan Theatre as the stars, production crew, invited celebrities and guests followed behind.

Jason and Ramsey get to repeat their red carpet appearance at the premiere of The Lone Ranger.

Nate Stark Receives Rave Reviews

Nathan Stark received rave reviews for his portrayal of Il Commendatore in Cincinnati Oper’a production of Don Giovanni. Seen and Heard International wrote, “Nathan Stark was nothing but excellent as a dignified Grandee of Spain who later returns as a very human Stone Guest.” Jay Harvey wrote, “…the majestic-sounding basso Nathan Stark, engages in dialogue with Giovanni, to some of the most bone-chilling music ever written.”

Adam Gubman Interviewed about his Trailer Music

Alumnus Adam Gubman (BM Composition) was interviewed by Soundtracks and Trailer Music. Adam is working for Switch Trailer Music who will release an album of his cues for horror films entitled, Dark Matter.

Switch’s description of the album of cues is: “All 12 of these cues are orchestral horror in nature, meant for films that are more of your PG-13 narrative horror movies. You know, the kind that has a creepy little kid ghost, a haunted house, etc. Each of these cues tell somewhat of a story and create the perfect backdrop for these types of trailers. We wanted to create somewhat of a retro sound with this, so we recorded a full 57 piece orchestra together to really capture the continuity, emotion, and overall sound of the orchestra. In true switch. style, the album was mixed and mastered in epic 5.1 surround sound.”

You can read the interview with Adam here.

Ryan Ross Soloist with Cardiff Philharmonic

Ryan Ross (MM voice)  will be the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Cardiff Philharmonic on July 6th. Cardiff Ardwyn Singers, Cardiff Bach Choir, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Cowbridge Comprehensive School Choir will join forces for the performance as part of the Summer Extravaganza at St. David’s Hall (aka Neuadd Dewi Sant). Strauss  Don Juan and Debussy Iberia (from Images)
is also on the program.

Calisa Hildebrand: Finding her Purpose

After receiving her Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francsico Conservatory, Alumnus Calisa Hildebrand (flute) worked with several new music ensembles, helping to promote their work. She used this experience working with social media to land a job at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, where she is an Account Supervisor.

She recently published an article, Using Shared Purpose to Break Through the Noise, in goodpurpose®, Edelman’s annual global research that explores consumer attitudes around social purpose.