Andria Coyne Gaskill Joins The Choral Project

Alumna Andria Coyne Gaskill successfully auditioned into The Choral Project, a  45-voice ensemble that has performed at the American Choral Directors Association, the California Music Educators Association, the National Cathedral in Washington. D.C., and in Mexico, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. The group, based in San Jose, has released eight albums.

Kiyoe Matsuura Lands Chair in AYS

Alumna Kiyoe Matsuura, violin, successfully auditioned into the American Youth Orchestra. She joins fellow alumni Marlyse Martinez, Sean Fischer, and Michelle Hassler.

The American Youth Symphony provides professional training for musicians through a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. Alumnus Chris Rountree is Artistic Advisor for New Music.

Tim Buchholz Conducting Jazz in Wisconsin

After receiving his DMA in Vocal Jazz from the University of Miami, alumnus Tim Buchholz is beginning his second year as Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. He has two vocal jazz groups there: Jazz Central Voices and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Buchholz also conducts the Concert Choir. He serves as the WCDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz in the state of Wisconsin.

Beth Peregrine to sing in Premiere with Dudamel

Beth Peregrine has been contracted to sing with the LA Master Chorale in the premiere of “The Last Days of Socrates” by Australian composer Brett Dean.  The LA Phil commissioned the work; the performance will be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel Oct 12 & 13 as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Disney Concert Hall.

Sean Fischer in Residency with Royce Quartet

Alumnus Sean Fischer is pursuing his MM in cello performance at UCLA. His quartet, the Royce Quartet, is in residency in Seattle this week, as result of winning the Luzerne Music Center Chamber Music Competition in June. Also this past summer, Sean performed with the American Institute of Musical Studies’ Festival Orchestra in Graz.

BCCM Musicology Seminar Paper Competition winners

The BCCM Musicology Seminar Paper Competition winners are:
1st prize: Erin Miller for “Ethel Smyth and the Suffragettes”
2nd prize: Marc Lombardino for “Towards a Queer Understanding of Tchaikovsky’s Concert Works: Analysis, Scholarship, and Criticism of Tchaikovsky in the Age of New Musicology”
3rd prize Maria Hu for “Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Her Influential Success in Nineteenth-Century Opera”

Alex Miller featured on 10th annual Carlsbad Music Festival

Alex Miller had a work featured on the 10th annual Carlsbad Music Festival Sept 20-22.

The Carlsbad Music Festival is an annual event that features world-class adventurous performers and composers in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival has been praised by local and national media including the Los Angeles Times, which called the Festival “magnificently enlightening.” In 2010, the Festival won the national ASCAP Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming at an award ceremony in New York. This year, the Festival was awarded a prestigious Artworks Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Alumni in “Invisible Cities” at Union Station

Alumni Stephen Anastasia, tenor, and Jillian Risigari-Gai, harp, will perform on the sound track for ‘INVISIBLE CITIES,’ Christopher Cerrone’s operatic adaptation of Italo Calvino’s enigmatic novel. Yuval Sharon will the direct the production; he is directing the Fall Opera Scenes in November at BCCM. The audience for “Invisible CIties” will roam through Union Station listening to the performance on headphones. Opens Oct. 19. invisiblecitiesopera.com.

Ryan Brown Riffs on Sgt. Pepper

Alumnus and Lecturer Ryan Brown has a premiere September 21st at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. The Great Noise Ensemble will present their Sgt. Pepper Project, Taught the Band to Play, which includes Brown’s Rita Made Meter—which, as the composer says, “is, as you might imagine, a riff on “Lovely Rita” from Sgt. Pepper’s. The Project covers every track on that album, with responses by many fantastic composers, including Jon Russell, Marc Mellits, Matt Marks, and Armando Bayolo.”