Michael Pettingale in 10,000th Show

The Green Army Men: Operation Playtime show in Disney’s California Adventure theme park, with alumnus Michael Pettingale, performed their 10,000th show. That made it the 2nd longest running show in California Adventure, after to Aladdin: The Musical.

Ren Geisick in SanJoseJazz.org

Alumna Ren Geisick was featured on SanJoseJazz.org. She will be singing a tribute to Nina Simone and as part of Free Jazz Wednesdays  in San Jose.

In the article, she credit Christine Guter with much of her success. “She taught me so much about technique and about the voice, being emotional in delivery but not crying or anything.  I would sometimes get overly emotional, and she would say “You can’t do that, because what you’re doing is becoming a vessel for the music. You’re giving [the audience] the opportunity to feel the emotions. If you get emotional to the point that you can’t deliver that performance, then you’re taking away from them their ability to be in the moment and to feel whatever you’re trying to get them to feel.” She was just really an amazing teacher.”

Film Score vs. Film Music Colloquium

The musicology department will be hosting a colloquium organized by the Freie Universität in Berlin on June 5 and 6 in room C-100. The focus of the gathering is “Film Score vs. Film Music,” and Roger Hickman will read a paper entitled “Music for Mayhem, Madness, and Murder; Adaptations of Classical music in Film Noir.” As Dr. Hickman said, “Sounds like a deadly topic to me.”