Carolyn Bremer’s Work Performed by Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band

Carolyn Bremer’s Throw Caution to the Wind received a performance on the Women in Music concert by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band in Chicago. The concert was hosted by Lea DeLaria, currently staring as “Big Boo” in Orange is the New Black. Between the pieces, DeLaria denoted each composers’ mark or impact in the musical community and during each piece sat in her throne laughing and celebrating.




Jeff DeSeriere Appointed to Faculty at Orange County School of the Arts

MM Conducting student Jeff DeSeriere has been appointed as the new Symphonic Band conductor at the Orange County School of the Arts.

OCSA send out a new release to their Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program Families which read, ”I am excited to inform you that we have hired a new Clarinet/Chamber Music teacher, Ms. Alana Miles, and a new Symphonic Band conductor, Mr. Jeffrey de Seriere. Both outstanding educators come to OCSA with an impressive background and exciting energy! We are very lucky to be adding Ms. Miles and Mr. de Seriere to our Wind Studies Program staff and I look forward to their wonderful work with our students. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Miles and Mr. de Seriere to the OCSA family!”

OSCA, a 7th–12th grade public charter school, has been consistently recognized as a US News’ “Best High Schools” program. 99% of its graduates attend college. (In the summer of 2012, the name of the school was changed from OCHSA (Orange County High School of the Arts) to OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts).)

Jon Talberg Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts from Chapman

Dr. Jonathan Talberg was honored as Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts 2014, “In recognition of his Distinguished Professional Achievements, Performance and Leadership in the Arts”  last weekend at Chapman University’s American Celebration. Dr. Talberg’s mentor at Chapman, William Hall, conducted the orchestra for the event and spoke about the role seminal Jon has played in choral music.

Lee Vail Life Member of SCVA

Dr. Leland Vail was awarded an honorary life membership in the Southern California Vocal Association. His plaque reads “for your outstanding contributions as a choral music educator and your superior service as an SCVA choral festival adjudicator.”

Tom Peters and Nosferatu in Fresno

Lecturer Tom Peters was featured in the Fresno Bee prior to his performance of Nosferatu. The paper noted, “Peters, a 2014 Grammy nominee in the chamber music/small ensemble category for “Cage: The 10,000 Things,” performs an original electronic score…Interest in creating contemporary musical scores for classic silent films is a blend of his own passion for avant-garde music and the influence of “a family of film buffs.” He’s fascinated by the look of silent films because the visuals are so important.

Peters has been creating contemporary musical soundtracks for silent movies since 2008, including “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari,” “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and “Pandora’s Box.” His score to John Ford’s “The Iron Horse” will premiere in March 2015 at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.”

Genevieve Artadi with Knower at Broad Stage

Knower, the duo with alumna Genevieve Artadi with Louis Cole, performed on the Quincy Jones Presents series on the Broad Stage’s Jazz Council Initiative last weekend. The Quincy Jones Presents series focuses on jazz mentorship and creating opportunities for young artists.

Mr. Jones wrote of them, “They make me smile and burn me up in the deepest parts of my soul. So please join us on Sunday, October 26th to celebrate the beginning of my four part Presents series with the electronic-funk-pop group KNOWER! You won’t want to miss these guys- they got it going on with Jazz Chops and today’s Chops….will be leavin’ ya’ll on your knees beggin’ for more.”

Whittney Mikkel Auerbach Releases CD

Alumna Whittney Mikkel Auerbach released her first album on Oct 1. It is a 6-song original EP which was entirely self-produced over a period of 3+ years. It is a melting of pop-rock, folk, and electronica, with jazz and classical influences.

It is entitled “Before the Day” and features Bob Cole Conservatory alumni Joe Sanders ( tracks 2 and 5 / who also wrote the string arrangement for track 2, “The Storm”), Michelle Packman (tracks 2 and 3), and Miko Shudo (track 2).


Why go to concerts?

There is a special quality to live music that you feel in your body, touch with your feet on the floor, see in the faces of the performers as well as in their body language and their technique, and hear through your inner and outer ears. It is a moment shared with other people who have a love for the art form, or perhaps a familial connection with a performer, conductor, or composer—someone extending gratitude for the dedication and work that goes each musical performance. This is the moment music comes alive in the human realm.

There is much to be learned from recording and videos, from books and scores, and from the practice room. But that is all part of the process that leads to the experience of the performance. There is the unknown: will there be imperfections? Will there be moments of sublime connection with the your soul? There is a remarkable beauty in experiencing the process of becoming the artist you aspire to be. There is remarkable beauty in seeing others likewise bloom. Performance is in the present moment. That is precisely where life happens.

When you are fortunate enough to know one or more performers, perhaps even to be their friend, student, teacher, mentor, confidant, classmate, roommate, or philosophical sparring partner, the entire experience is magnified. It isn’t just a human body performing; there is a relationship with you, an extra conduit of connection with the possibility of utterly electric gratification. You are a part of the music because you are a part of the performer’s life.

When assignment deadlines loom, work schedules become difficult to manage, juries, rehearsals, lessons, and performances start to feel like a freight train running you down, consider this: When your mind is contracted or frustrated or stressed it is possible to recall knowledge but rarely to recognize wisdom. Wisdom reminds us that we musicians are here to make music and to be a part of the making of music.

In the heat of battle—studying music in college—it is so easy to take this for granted. It is also difficult to make the commitment to return to school in the evening to hear a performance after you have spent the day practicing, rehearsing, and studying music. Time is the most precious and rare commodity during the semester, and even more so as the semester grinds toward juries and exams.

Take a breath. Why are you here?

At some point in your life you had an awareness that music meant more to you than you could possibly verbalize. Being a music major isn’t about making a living as much as it is about making a life. Music is made through relationships: relationships with pitches, gestures, phrases sections, and other pieces, but also through relationships with other people. To be in a relationship means you both give and receive and that you benefit tremendously from that generosity.

Orient your life around the deepest truths you have. Be generous with your spirit, time, attention, presence, support, and energy to yourself, your music, and others. Pay attention to how you spend your time.

These are two questions I like to ask back-to-back: 1) Is this true? The primary purpose of music is to transcend the human condition. 2) Is this true: The primary purpose of music is to experience the human condition. In either case, the place this will happen most frequently, easily, and deeply is when hearing live music making. Make time for concerts.