Darrin Thaves Performs with TCC Chamber Orchestra

Darrin Thaves performed the Bernard Molique Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the TCC Chamber Orchestra (Tacoma, WA) on February 28th. In the winter, he was the flute adjudicator for the Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competition (Middle School Division) and the SCSBOA All-Southerna California High School Honor Orchestra and Bands Auditions.

His group (Pacific Flute Ensemble) premiered “Truffel Hunt” by Jamison Alderson last weekend, the first of a series of commissions the group has sponsored.

Dave Gerhart Recording Available on iTunes

Dave Gerhart’s recording of Steve Kornicki’s  Harmonic Canon Streams (Horizontal Color Forms 16) has been released as a single through digital distribution (including iTunes). The work is for 12 percussionists which Dave and Steve recorded at CSULB, UCF, and St. Marks Church in Indialantic FL.

Dan Zanutto to present at Association of Popular Music Educators Conference

Dr. Dan Zanutto, who is currently enjoying a sabbatical has been asked to co-present with Jamie Knight at the 2nd Annual APME Conference (Association of Popular Music Educators Conference) June 19-21 at USC. They will discuss university/k-12 collaborations in developing popular music education programs.

Dr. Zanutto has also also been invited to speak at this summer’s Modern Band Symposium at Colorado State University, July 31-Aug 1. Over 200 teachers from across the country will be attending sessions.

 

Stephen Salts Awarded Fulbright to UK

A HUGE congratulations goes to Stephen Salts (MM Choral Conducting) who has been awarded a Fulbright to study in the UK. He is completing his MM in Choral Conducting this May. From September 2014 to July 2015, Stephen will represent the United States as a cultural ambassador in London, England.

While researching the English choral tradition, he will be earning a second Masters degree in music at Royal Holloway, University of London where he will study with celebrated conductor, Rupert Gough.

Sean Dunnahoe who earned his BM (composition) and MA (musicology) at BCCM is working on his doctorate at Royal Holloway.

Newfangled Four in Workshop and Northern Union Collegiate Choral Festival

The defending International Barbershop Quartet Champions, the Newfangled Four with BCCM students Jake Tickner and Jackson Niebrugge, worked with young singers from ten schools at the fourth annual Youth in Harmony Festival in Santa Maria.

The following weekend they were featured at the 10th annual Great Northern Union Collegiate Men’s Choral Festival in Minneapolis. The shared the stage with the Wartburg College Ritterchor, and the St. Olaf College Viking Chorus.

Johannes Müller-Stosch in Chamber Concert with Long Beach Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch will participate in the first of four Long Beach Symphony chamber-music performances at various community locations throughout Long Beach. Acclaimed soprano Elissa Johnston will join St. Luke’s music director and organist (and our own) Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch, the Symphony’s principal flutist Heather Clark, trumpeter Marissa Benedict, and an intimate string ensemble led by Mei Chang.

Maria Shafer Finalist in International Jazz Vocal Competition

Maria Shafer is one of only two Americans among 20 international vocal finalists in a jazz competition in Latvia. The Riga Jazz Stage 2014 takes place April 2-6 in Riga, Latvia, the European Capital of Culture for 2014. The judges are Raimonds Pauls (Latvian composer), Magnus Palmquist (artistic director of Stockholm Jazz Festival), China Moses (American jazz singer) among many others.

James Yoshizawa in Jonathan Rowden Group

Alumnus James Yoshizawa drums for the Jonathan Rowden Group, a modern jazz quartet that just got signed to Orenda Records. They just recorded our debut album at the famous Sunset Sound studios and will be touring in late May to Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area with a final stop at the Blue Whale in LA for a CD release concert.

Photo by Eron Rauch

Marina Harris Wins George London-Leonie Rysanek Award

Alumna Marina Harris won the George London-Leonie Rysanek Award in New York last weekend. The George London Foundation holds one of the oldest vocal competitions in the United States and Canada, offering among the most substantial awards to outstanding North American opera singers.
In 2014 there were 5 top awards of $10,000 each.  Former George London winners include Renee Fleming, Shigemi Matsumoto, Eric Owens, and Dawn Upshaw.

Alumni and Faculty back Arturo Sandoval Benefit

Arturo Sandoval performed a benefit concert at he at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Feb 15.

The powerhouse trumpet section for the Arturo Sandoval Big Band included alumni Wayne Bergeron and Gary Gopar, adjunct instructor Dan Fornero, and Gary Grant and Jeff Bunnell.

All proceeds from the show were donated to the Glendale Educational Foundation and Glendale Arts — two organizations that promote the arts and music education among local students.