Huge Wins at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

CJO and PST competed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival on Sunday, March 30. Alumnus Justin Padilla’s Oak Middle School Big Band was also one of the finalists invited to compete.

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda (that’s one half of the total number of Outstanding Soloists!).

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.

Alan Shockley at Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene

While on sabbatical this spring, Alan Shockley spent a month in France at the Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene composing “in oceangreen of shadow” for shakuhachi and microtonally retuned harp with an ensemble of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, arpeggione (bowed guitar), and cello. The premiere is scheduled for 13 May 2014 in Southern California

 

 

Justin Padilla: Los Alamitos Unified School District Teacher of the Year

Alumnus Justin Padilla (saxophone, BM instrumental music and MM) music instructor at Oak Middle School was selected as the 2014  Los Alamitos Unified  School District Teacher of the Year.

For the third year, his jazz ensemble was selected as one of six in the nation to perform in the Next Generation Educational Branch of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

With over 200 students in his music program, Justin welcomes Cole student teachers and observers.

Adriana Verdie to Speak at Women’s Research Colloquium

Dr. Adriana Verdie is one of two featured speakers at the Spring 2014 Women’s Research Colloquium at 5pm on Wednesday, April 9, in the Pointe of the Walter Pyramid. Her talk is entitled “From Muses to Creators, Opera by a Female Composer.” Dr. Verdie was on sabbatical last fall to compose an opera for children, “Cron-Ópera.” The New Music Ensemble will premiere it on April 23.

Dr. Verdie and the Colloquium are discussed in an article in the Signal Tribune.

Yumi Tamashiro premieres “Ligneous”

Alumnus Yumi Tamashiro premiered Andy Akiho’s piece Ligneous which she commissioned with Ian Rosenbaum. The concert was at the Princeton Sound Kitchen show on February 18th.

Yumi’s percussion group, Mobius Percussion Quartet, released Kate Neal’s ‘What Hath II’ in October. They have been endorsed by Vic Firth and will be touring CA and the midwest in the spring of the 2014-15 season.

photograph by David Adamcyk

Eugene Migliaro Corporon inducted into Bands of America Hall of Fame

Alumnus Eugene Migliaro Corporon has been inducted into the Music For All – Bands of America Hall of Fame. Music for All is one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs and music education.

Mr. Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. He has recorded over 700 works.

Byron Smith and the Spirit Chorale

Alumnus Byron Smith founded and directs the Spirit Chorale, a choir dedicated to preserving music of African-American composers. Now in its 25th year, the Chorale has released three CDs and performed at the ACDA National Convention, Choral Conductor Guild National Convention, and The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. National Convention, among many others.

Byron won the NAACP Theater Image Award for best original score  for  ”Children of the Night.” He teaches music industry courses  at Los Angeles Harbor College, and he is a freelance music director, studio musician, arranger and producer.