Harmony Sweepstakes Regional features Alumni

Defending Champions Honey Whiskey Trio (alumni Courtney Gasque, and Ann Louise Thaiss, Christina Wilson) hosted the Harmony Sweepstakes Regional A Cappella competition on April 5th at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. Our alumni permeated the awards.

Arf (with alumni Genevieve Artadi, Sean Fitzpartrick, Alexandra Domingo, and Andrea Calderwood, pictured) placed 2nd. Genevieve Artadi’s “Like the First Time” received the award for best arrangement!

Down 4 The Count placed 3rd, and alumnus Colleen Keene received the award for best original composition with ”I’m Leaving SLO”

Our own Nick Mancini recorded and mixed “Like the First Time” at his new studio: https://soundcloud.com/alexandrinha/like-the-first-time

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.

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.

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.

VJ to Teach at A Capella Academy

Alumnus VJ Rosales will be a Music Director and counselor at the A Capella Academy in July at Mount St. Mary’s College. Artists-in-residence Pentatonix will join the staff in the camp’s inaugural year.

 

Cellists at Los Angeles Violoncello Society

Cellos students of David Garrett — James Clark, Anthoni Polcari, Josie Boyer, Michelle Tambash, Sydney Moss, and Jeff Westcott — performed ensemble pieces by Handel, Humperdinck, and Led Zeppelin as part of the Los Angeles Violoncello Society’s annual ensemble concert.

Alumni Dawn Seward, Chris McCarthy, Lucy Cahuantzi, and Claire Mehm also performed on the program.

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.

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.