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.”

Alex Miller Performs New Compositions

Lecturer Alex Miller performed his new composition “The Road: Three Stories Without Words” for electric guitar quartet on the West Coast Composers Forum’s concert at USC on October 25th.  He performed with guitarists Mckay Tebbs, Jon Kleinhans and Miles Jensen, and the group also premiered new works for electric guitar quartet by composers Clifford Tasner, Joe Sorce, Ross Wright and Mckay Tebbs.

Nathan Stark Garners Rave Review

Alumnus Nathan Stark continues to garner exceptional press from his role “The Italian Girl in Algiers” with the Opera San Jose: “Nathan Stark played Mustafa and he gave one of the best comic performances I have ever seen. His facial elasticity would give Jim Carrey a run for his money. He spent the majority of the performance with a perfect comedic leer on his face and I kept remembering the old saying of “don’t make that face, it just might freeze that way.” He went all out for his character and you could tell he was having a blast.”

Photo Credit: Bob Shomler

 

Darren Loney’s Gahr HS Band Wins State Championship

Alumnus Darren Loney led his Gahr High School Band to the Division 4 State Championship  After advancing to the California State Grand Championships they took home the Grand Champion Trophy, Gold Medal. Gahr senior flutist Sayra Rosales received the Outstanding Soloist Award. Over half the band – 53 students – were freshmen or first-year members of the group. This is only the second year since Gahr High School has restarted its competitive marching program.

Kimberly Shankar and Courtney Crowe at Sweet Adelines International Competition

Alumni Kimberly Shankar and Courtney Crowe competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Baltimore last weekend. Sweet Adelines is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. Kimberly sang with the Harborlites who made into the finals.

Meredith Kennedy Reaching Young People at Risk

Alumna Meredith Kennedy (MM Voice) is bringing music and film together in a documentary short about musicians in Belize using African drumming to reach young people at risk, as gang violence threatens to take over their communities. The impetus for the project was a 2008 trip to Belize and Meredith worked with an African drumming group to create a fund-raising concert for an environmental education program. She has an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the film:

Nathan Stark Nabs Rave Review

Alumnus Nathan Stark continues to garner exceptional press from his role “The Italian Girl in Algiers” with the Opera San Jose: “Nathan Stark played Mustafa and he gave one of the best comic performances I have ever seen. His facial elasticity would give Jim Carrey a run for his money. He spent the majority of the performance with a perfect comedic leer on his face and I kept remembering the old saying of ‘don’t make that face, it just might freeze that way.’ He went all out for his character and you could tell he was having a blast.”