Paul Zibits’s App named Top Christmas App

Adjunct bass instructor Paul Zibits’s app, The Nutcracker Musical Storybook, was named this week as one of the Top Christmas Apps for Android by “Smart Apps For Android”.

Also, Toys R Us has just signed a deal to feature the app for their new children’s tablet, Tabeo e2.

Mat Witek on The Jazz Cruise 2014

Alumnus Matt Witek will be performing with the John Pizzarelli Quartet on Holland America’s “Jazz Cruise 2014″ late January through early February. The line up includes Kurt Elling Quartet, Manhattan Transfer, Joe La Barbera, and the legendary Arturo Sandoval.

Nicola Said Featured in Maltese Paper

The Malta Sunday Circle Magazine ran a feature on Alumna Nicola Said during a recent visit home to the island. When asked to give advice to young musicians, she responded “…just enjoy the journey! So much of the time we spend worrying about the future and whether this is going to happen, we forget to enjoy the moment.”

The article notes upcoming performances: a recital at St James Cavalier (Malta) and the Valletta International Baroque Festival in January, a recital of music by Maltese Composers at St. John’s Waterloo in February, and a summer concert in Bath.

Nathan Stark Sings with Madison Symphony

Alumnus Nathan Stark got a great review from his Christmas performance with the Madison Symphony. “Mr. Stark’s solo turns came in a just-sweet-enough rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Nate will be back in Madison in February when he appears in Madison Opera’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment

Marc Harris to NYC to Celebrate ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame

The 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Winners, including Freshman Marc Harris and alumni Elliot Deutsch and Daniel Kaneyuki have been invited to the invite you to attend the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, December 9,  2013 New York City at the ASCAP Gallery, One Lincoln Plaza. The inductees are Cab Calloway, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Arturo Sandoval, and Esperanza Spalding.

VJ Lighting up our TV Sets

Alumnus VJ Rosales is taking “The Sing Off” by storm. His group, The Filharmonics, is competing on NBC’s reality show and (I say this as a somewhat biased viewer) is blowing away the competition. As of this writing, they’re still on the island.

The show’s website has full episode and individual videos.

Their latest coup is garnering a cameo in Jay Leno’s monologue (start at 1:30).

They are getting a lot of great press. Here are a few examples: The Asian Journal: Filipino Community Newspaper since 1991, Zap2it, All Voices, and acafanbase, “Filharmonic:  VJ is still perfect.”

The photo is from ybtvblog which has christened VJ as one of the three heart-throbs on the show

Honey Whiskey Trio at Los Angeles A Capella Festival

Honey Whiskey Trio with alumni Ann Louise Thaiss, Courtney Gasque, and Christina Wilson, will be one of the headliners at the Los Angeles A Capella Festival Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014, at USC.  They will perform on Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm on the Professional Showcase which will also feature the winner of “The Sing Off.” They will also clinic and workshop local groups.

Liam Teague at Caribbean Holiday Celebration

Liam Teague, steel pan virtuoso, was a special guest artist at the Caribbean Holiday Celebration. Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Mr. Teague was featured soloist with the steel drum orchestra. His commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him to Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as North and Central America and the Caribbean.