Sebastien Najand Composer for League of Legends

Alumnus Sebastien Najand is full-time composer for Riot Games (the video game company which produces League of Legends). As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.

Sebastien traveled to Seoul for the League of Legends world finals, where a project he worked on with Imagine Dragons was performed. He composed the music for live orchestra for parts of the competition.

Nathan Stark at Tanglewood

Alumnus Nathan Stark will be performing the bass solos in the bass solos Verdi Requiem with Murry Sidlin and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the historic Boston Symphony Hall in January. The performance is part of the Defiant Requiem Foundation’s series of performances in remembrance of 150 inmates performing the Requiem at the Terezin concentration camp.

Stephen Salts Gives Command Performance

Alumnus Stephen Salts gave a Command Performance this morning. While on his Fulbright, Stephen is singing with The Choir of Royal Holloway. They performed at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall with Her Majesty The Queen in attendance. The performance of Paul Mealor’s commissioned work was broadcast live on BBC1. This is Stephen’s photo of the royal family.

Nathan Johnson’s Works Performed in NYC

This year, alumnus Nathan Johnson had works performed in New York City by the andPlay Duo and by violinist Eva Ingolf, and another piece performed at two concerts by the Poné Ensemble for New Music in New Paltz, NY. Eva Ingolf will be performing his music again next month at the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporânea in Rio de Janerio. He also has upcoming performances with the New York-based Duo Anova and by the Canadian piano duo Piano Pinnacle.

Elizabeth Shuman Gives Paper at Fall Voice Conference

Alumna Elizabeth Shuman, currently studying Medicine at UC San Francisco, presented a poster session at the Fall Voice Conference in San Antonio last weekend. She collaborated with faculty on the paper, “A Comparison of Laryngostroboscopic Examination Techniques in Asymptomatic Opera Singers,” as well as with the San Francisco Opera. The focus of this conference is the clinical care of patients with voice-related difficulties and how clinical and basic science research guide clinical care.

Leaav Sofer Featured as Colburn Glee Choir Director

Angeles Magazine featured the  Colburn’s Glee Choir directed by Alumnus Leaav Sofer in the Oct 10th issue. The article notes of Leaav, “He takes time in every rehearsal to teach music theory, and students visit the keyboard lab to practice playing piano.

“I’m trying to equip them so they can actually be musicians, not just choir singers,” said Sofer, who is planning to concentrate on American folk-themed songs for fall and songs with love themes for spring.”

 

 

Marianthe Bezzerides in Film Scoring Mentorship

Marianthe Bezzerides was one of nine accepted into the 2014 Composing for the Screen Film Scoring Mentorship Program in NYC. Each composer receives a recording session with some of the top string players in New York and attend a high-level workshop where film music will be examined from many perspectives: historical, psychological, dramatic, stylistic and more.

Two Alumni in 6th Adolphe Sax International Competition

Yi Chen (BM 2009) and John Hallberg (BM 2010) will compete in the 6th Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Belgium on October 30 & 31st respectively. The first taped round selected 110 competitors from around the world, only 11 of whom were Americans. The competition will be live-streamed.

Yi Chen Photo credit: downbeatphoto.com