Vocalists with Horizon Chamber Choir

Beth Peregrine, Stephen Salts, and Alumnus Gregorio Taniguchi have been hired to sing with Los Angeles’ professional Bach ensemble, Horizon Chamber Choir, at the Long Beach Bach Festival on Saturday 15 February and in Hollywood on Sunday 16 February. They will be featured as both soloists and ensemble members in the program of Monteverdi, Purcell, and J.S. Bach.

BCCM Recruits at California All-State Music Education Conference

Six of our faculty attended CASMEC, the California All-State Music Education Conference, in Fresno last weekend. John Carnahan and the Wind Symphony performed a clinic on clarity and Christine Guter directed the high school all-state vocal jazz ensemble.

BCCM had a recruiting booth manned by all in attendance including Jermie Arnold, Deb Mitchell, Dan Zanutto, and Carolyn Bremer. Several alumni and students came by for their BCCM alumni buttons.

Nathan Stark in La Fille du Regiment

Alumnus Nathan Stark performed the role of Sergeant Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment at the Madison opera Feb 7 and 9, 2014.

He received several excellent reviews including, “With Nathan Stark as Sergeant Sulpice, the opening scene of Act 2 was simply a tour de force” from the Madison Magazine; “Tall and stocky veteran baritone Nathan Stark is ideal as the blustering but warm-hearted Sulpice.” from the Daily Isthmus; and “Mr. Stark… was clearly the most experienced of the three principals. Although more often than not tasked with portraying serious bass roles such as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Mr. Stark was perfectly charming as the oafish Sulpice, leader of the regiment that has raised Marie, and primary father figure to the lass.  He gave Sulpice his all, making him both believable and amusing. One wonders whether singing basso buffo roles might prove to be a gold mine for Mr. Stark. He was certainly very successful with this one!” from www.taminophile.com.

John Barcellona to Perform Japanese Noh style of theater

Inside CSULB noted a special performance as part of the series of events celebrating the University Art Museum’s spring show, “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi.” Japanese actress and academic Ryoko Aoki will collaborate with John Barcellona to perform three scores in the Japanese Noh style of theater at the Daniel Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:00p.

Aoki received a Ph.D from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She is known for her contemporary adaptations of Noh, the 600-year-old genre of Japanese theater often identified as a strictly male art form.

PST at Jazz Education Network 2014 – Comments from Attendees

“It was great meeting you {Christine} and hearing your fine ensemble. I loved hearing them perform challenging pieces with such finesse.  I’d be honored to present a clinic with your students some time in the future under one condition—that you reciprocate. :-)  No group can sound as good as yours without a master instructor at the helm!  So I’m sure there is much for my students and myself to learn from your approach.”
Cedric Dent (Former Member & Founder of Take 6, world renowned a cappella ensemble)

“You and your group can be proud of your accomplishments.  Tonight was another in a series of exemplary performances you have presented.  The charts you selected were excellent. The importance of “rendition” and personal “interpretation” was evident.  Hearing so many individuals present solos was inspiring and the scatting in you group continues to impress.  One final point, your group looks great.  They communicate the “story” and they truly enjoy themselves.  It shows.”
-Frank DeMiero (Owner, Sound Music Publications, world renowned vocal jazz educator)

“That was one of the best sets of live music I’ve ever heard/seen.  Does it get any better than that!?!?  We feel really honored to have shared the same stage with you at the reading session.”
Julia Dollison (world renowned vocalist, lead singer in Vertical Voices)

This year’s JEN conference in Dallas, had the best set of vocal jazz solo and ensemble performances at a national conference that I’ve EVER seen.  High level stuff, including Christine Guter’s CSU Long Beach “Pacific Standard Time” mainstage performance that just flat out sets the bar for all of us teaching at the college level.”
-Kerry Marsh (Director of Vocal Jazz, University of Northern Colorado, and world renowned jazz arranger)

“I have to tell you once again how blown away I was by the caliber of your group’s performance this past week.  I know you must be proud of your singers.  I was not only captivated by their 10+ musicianship, but by their total commitment to the performance.  It’s so exciting for those of us who’ve been through the mill with the growth of vocal jazz to see 20-something-year-olds so into what they’re doing.”
-Jeff Welcher (Director of Vocal Jazz, Syracuse University)

“I can’t even begin to tell you what a joy it was for me to see you and to hear your kids perform.  They were absolutely superb!”
-Larry Lapin (Former Director of Vocal Jazz, University of Miami, FL)

“Woke up still buzzing from the weekend!  As to the music… wow, what does one say? Christine’s group from CSU Long Beach was AMAZING!  It was such a complete and uplifting experience!  I cannot adequately express how satisfying and inspirational seeing and hearing so much great VJ music literally coming from one edge of the country to the other.  I laugh out loud at the thought of it!  Sick stuff!  Thank you all for a wonderful weekend!  We were truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of it with you.  My most sincere gratitude to all of you for all that you do!!!”
-Kelly Kunz (Groove for Thought musical director and founder)

“Your group truly blew us all away.  Such great singing, cool charts, and on and on!  It will be great to see some of your students in the spring, and hopefully we will have the chance to do some collaboration in the future.”
-Brennan Baglio (singer in Groove for Thought)

I’m grinning ear to ear!  I remain in awe of the terrific gift you are giving to the students of this country.  As I’ve been saying, the vocal jazz world is in good hands!  Thank you for all you do, and I hope our paths cross again soon.”
-Roger Emerson (nationally renowned vocal jazz arranger and educator)

The Sessions at BCCM

The Sessions came to CSULB during the NAMM show. The Sessions is a non-profit organization that brings some of the great musicians together on panels about shaping your career. The panel at BCCM consisted of Dom Famularo, Paul Quin, Liberty DeVitto, Joe Hibbs, Carlos Guzman, and Guest Legend Nate Watts, bassist for Stevie Wonder (Sir Duke!).

The panel lasted three hours and then the students joined this amazing lineup in a two-hour jam session. Paul Quin, one of the panelists, wrote, “The vibe and the playing from the Long Beach students was just tremendous: such talent and such professionalism from such a young bunch! Maybe our industry will be just fine . . . . Thank you very much!”

John Barcellona in the Japanese Noh Style Performance

Inside CSULB noted a special performance as part of the series of events celebrating the University Art Museum’s spring show, “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi.” Japanese actress and academic Ryoko Aoki will collaborate with John Barcellona to perform three scores in the Japanese Noh style of theater at the Daniel Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:00p. Aoki received a Ph.D from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She is known for her contemporary adaptations of Noh, the 600-year-old genre of Japanese theater often identified as a strictly male art form.

BCCM Trumpets Invited Back to National Competition

Congratulations to the BCCM Trumpet Ensemble (Tony Belletti, Andy Camou, Devin Henderson, Ian Holmquist, Casey Martin, Jackson Niebrugge, Michael Sullivan, and Evan Walsh) who made it to the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition for the third year in a row. They placed third in the nation last year. This year, they are playing Rob Frear’s arrangement of “Variations on America.”

Two BCCM graduate students, Michael Sullivan and Jeremy Yeagley were accepted in the Graduate Solo division.

Rob Frear has been invited to judge the High School solo competition this year.