Two Alumni in 6th Adolphe Sax International Competition

Yi Chen (BM 2009) and John Hallberg (BM 2010) will compete in the 6th Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Belgium on October 30 & 31st respectively. The first taped round selected 110 competitors from around the world, only 11 of whom were Americans. The competition will be live-streamed.

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Alumni in Opera in the Height’s Rigoletto

Alumni Nathan Stark and Megan Berti appeared in Opera in the Height’s production of Rigoletto which closed last week after a successful run of six performances. Nathan sang the role of Sparafucile while Megan sang Contessa Ceprano. The Houston Chronicle characterized Nate’s performance as “a chilling figure as the assassin Sparafucile, not only because of his voice’s ominous black sound, but also because of the cold-bloodedness conveyed in his face: the pride as he discussed his skill with a knife, the fake courtliness as he greeted a victim, and the stoniness as he demanded payment.”


Honey Whiskey Trio at FAR-West

Honey Whiskey Trio (alumni Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss, and Christina Wilson) as been selected as official showcase artists at the FAR-West  (Folk Alliance Region) Folk Conference next week. The region includes Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northwest Territory, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Yukon Territory.

Mike Miley on The Late Show

Alumnus Mike Miley, drummer for Rival Sons, will be on The Late Show with David Letterman on Oct 9.

They are touring on the East Coast now and next month will tour through Europe November 9 to Dec 16. Stops include Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Warsaw, Milan,Barcelona, London and more.

Their album “Great Western Valkyrie” is nominated in the category of Album of the Year from Classic Rock Magazine’s Rock Roll of Honor 2014.

CSULB Students Present Papers at Local AMS

Three current Musicology MA students (Kerry Brunson, Marc Lombardino, Steven Ottomanyí) and one Musicology MA alumnus (Robert Wahl) were selected to present their research at the fall meeting of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society to be held on Oct. 11 at UC Irvine.

These represent one half of all papers to be presented that day.

Edward Nelson, Adler Fellow

Edward Nelson has been announced as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera (following in the footsteps of alumna Marina Harris).

The Adler Fellowship a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows gain valuable professional experience by participating in roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s repertory season.