10 Alumni Work in After School Partnership

Last year the Orange County Symphony partnered with the Anaheim City School District in the “ACSD Orchestra Project“ to provide after-school music classes at 14 elementary schools in the district. This year the program has expanded to a total of 18 schools, each with separate woodwind, brass, and string classes. Ten alumni–Oscar Esteves, Francisco Diaz, Kimberly Fonseca, Ivan Esteves, Miguel Menchaca, Abraham Perez, Jonathan Perez, Richelle Teng, Carole Jacobs and Jorge Ruiz–have been accepted to teach in the program.

Several Alumni including Angela Wells (oboe), Sarah Widner (bassoon), Derek Venlet (horn), David Ickler (violin), and Adam Gerling (trumpet) are members of the Orange County Symphony.


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Beth Peregrine to Sing with The Golden Bridge

Senior Beth Peregrine has been invited to sing in a new 24-voiced professional choral ensemble is being created in Los Angeles for the English conductor Lady Suzi Eatwell (Digby), OBE. The project is called The Golden Bridge, and its purpose is to explore the relationship between the English and American choral traditions. The hope is that exchanges between England and California become the norm, particularly with the rich choral tradition present at Cambridge University – where Lady Eatwell is based.

Althea Waites Performs Concertos

Pianist Althea Waites will be the featured soloist in a performance of the Mozart Concerto in B-Flat Major, K.450, with the Cole Conservatory Orchestra on September 19 in CPAC.

She will also appear as guest artist with Anthony Parnther, music director and conductor of the Southeast Symphony in a program of chamber music at First Congregational Church/Los Angeles on September 25. The Southeast Symphony is celebrating its 67th season as one of the pioneer orchestras composed of African-American musicians in Southern California.

Faculty on Advisory Committee for Int’l Trumpet Guild

Rob Frear and Richard Birkemeier have been appointed to the artistic advisory committee for the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim. The guild’s more than 5,000 members represent 56 countries and include professional and amateur performers, teachers, students, manufacturers, publishers, and others interested in belonging to an organization dedicated to the trumpet profession.

Lindsay Pearson new Manager of the Flint Symphony

Alumnus Lindsay Pearson took the reins as Manager of the Flint Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. The Flint Symphony is conducted by Enrique Diemecke. Diemecke said of her appointment, “”I am very happy to welcome Lindsay to the Flint Symphony and the FIM family. I am sure that with her positive energy and passion for the music performed; we are going to have the opportunity to keep the high standards we all want.”

Lindsay credits Kelly Ruggirello, Executive Director at Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, as her mentor.