Jazz at the Beach at Monterey Next Gen

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

VJ to Teach at A Capella Academy

Alumnus VJ Rosales will be a Music Director and counselor at the A Capella Academy in July at Mount St. Mary’s College. Artists-in-residence Pentatonix will join the staff in the camp’s inaugural year.

 

Cellists at Los Angeles Violoncello Society

Cellos students of David Garrett — James Clark, Anthoni Polcari, Josie Boyer, Michelle Tambash, Sydney Moss, and Jeff Westcott — performed ensemble pieces by Handel, Humperdinck, and Led Zeppelin as part of the Los Angeles Violoncello Society’s annual ensemble concert.

Alumni Dawn Seward, Chris McCarthy, Lucy Cahuantzi, and Claire Mehm also performed on the program.

Darrin Thaves Performs with TCC Chamber Orchestra

Darrin Thaves performed the Bernard Molique Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the TCC Chamber Orchestra (Tacoma, WA) on February 28th. In the winter, he was the flute adjudicator for the Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competition (Middle School Division) and the SCSBOA All-Southerna California High School Honor Orchestra and Bands Auditions.

His group (Pacific Flute Ensemble) premiered “Truffel Hunt” by Jamison Alderson last weekend, the first of a series of commissions the group has sponsored.

Dave Gerhart Recording Available on iTunes

Dave Gerhart’s recording of Steve Kornicki’s  Harmonic Canon Streams (Horizontal Color Forms 16) has been released as a single through digital distribution (including iTunes). The work is for 12 percussionists which Dave and Steve recorded at CSULB, UCF, and St. Marks Church in Indialantic FL.

Dan Zanutto to present at Association of Popular Music Educators Conference

Dr. Dan Zanutto, who is currently enjoying a sabbatical has been asked to co-present with Jamie Knight at the 2nd Annual APME Conference (Association of Popular Music Educators Conference) June 19-21 at USC. They will discuss university/k-12 collaborations in developing popular music education programs.

Dr. Zanutto has also also been invited to speak at this summer’s Modern Band Symposium at Colorado State University, July 31-Aug 1. Over 200 teachers from across the country will be attending sessions.

 

Stephen Salts Awarded Fulbright to UK

A HUGE congratulations goes to Stephen Salts (MM Choral Conducting) who has been awarded a Fulbright to study in the UK. He is completing his MM in Choral Conducting this May. From September 2014 to July 2015, Stephen will represent the United States as a cultural ambassador in London, England.

While researching the English choral tradition, he will be earning a second Masters degree in music at Royal Holloway, University of London where he will study with celebrated conductor, Rupert Gough.

Sean Dunnahoe who earned his BM (composition) and MA (musicology) at BCCM is working on his doctorate at Royal Holloway.

Newfangled Four in Workshop and Northern Union Collegiate Choral Festival

The defending International Barbershop Quartet Champions, the Newfangled Four with BCCM students Jake Tickner and Jackson Niebrugge, worked with young singers from ten schools at the fourth annual Youth in Harmony Festival in Santa Maria.

The following weekend they were featured at the 10th annual Great Northern Union Collegiate Men’s Choral Festival in Minneapolis. The shared the stage with the Wartburg College Ritterchor, and the St. Olaf College Viking Chorus.

Johannes Müller-Stosch in Chamber Concert with Long Beach Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch will participate in the first of four Long Beach Symphony chamber-music performances at various community locations throughout Long Beach. Acclaimed soprano Elissa Johnston will join St. Luke’s music director and organist (and our own) Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch, the Symphony’s principal flutist Heather Clark, trumpeter Marissa Benedict, and an intimate string ensemble led by Mei Chang.