Ryan Brown: New Commissions and Performances

Alumnus Ryan Brown is completing a work commissioned by Volti Choral Arts Laboratory as a result of having won their competition and will then start work on a new piece for the Grammy-nominated ZOFO Duet, followed by something for Areon Flutes. His work, Four Pieces for Solo Piano, was performed on Michael Mizrahi’s solo tour which had a stop on our own campus.

Jeff Hamilton Gives Masterclass

Jazz Legend Jeff Hamilton gave a master class at the Bob Cole Conservatory on November 26. Hamilton has performed with his trio, Woody Herman, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers, and is co-leader of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The Los Angeles Jazz Society named him and John Clayton musicians of the year for 2006.

He is pictured here working with Tyler Kreutel.

Leeav Sofer Profiled in the LA Times

Alumnus Leeav Sofer, co-director of Colburn Wesley Project singers was profiled in the LA Times. The choir is comprised of homeless men and women living on skid row.

Leeav and Linda Evans have been working with the choir through the Colburn School, “There’s something there that no other choir has, which is the fact they want it so much more,” Leeav said of the choir. The choir gave its first performance at the City Club on the 51st floor of a downtown skyscraper wearing black evening-wear donated by a film financier.

Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


Faculty Perform on Multi-Grammy-Nominated Album

Adjuncts Sal Lozano, Jay Mason, Brad Dutz, and Dan Fornero performed on “Life In The Bubble,” Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band) which received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition and “Get Smart,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band) which received a Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, and “Party Rockers,” Gordon Goodwin, which received a Grammy nomination for  Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.


photo credit: Rex Bullington

Johannes Müller-Stosch Nominated for Wang Family Excellence Award

President Jane Close Conoley selected Johannes Müller-Stosch as the CSULB’s nominee in the category of “Visual and Performing Arts and Letters” for the Wang Family Excellence Awards.

The purpose of this CSU-wide award “is to recognize and celebrate those CSU faculty members who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines, while having a discernible effect on students.”

Chris Rountree Receives a Rave Review

Alumnus Chris Rountree received a rave review of his new music ensemble, WildUp’s performance a the Music Academy (Montecito) in the LA Times.

Mark Swed wrote, “All the performances, led by Rountree, were exceptional, the ensemble turning on an astonishing stylistic dime. This group really has come a long way — technically, intellectually, emotionally and technologically. I worry about the future of Southern California citrus in a future of climate change, but on Saturday night, the future of classical music — of all music — seemed in the right new hands.”