Nathan Stark in La Fille du Regiment

Alumnus Nathan Stark performed the role of Sergeant Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment at the Madison opera Feb 7 and 9, 2014.

He received several excellent reviews including, “With Nathan Stark as Sergeant Sulpice, the opening scene of Act 2 was simply a tour de force” from the Madison Magazine; “Tall and stocky veteran baritone Nathan Stark is ideal as the blustering but warm-hearted Sulpice.” from the Daily Isthmus; and “Mr. Stark… was clearly the most experienced of the three principals. Although more often than not tasked with portraying serious bass roles such as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Mr. Stark was perfectly charming as the oafish Sulpice, leader of the regiment that has raised Marie, and primary father figure to the lass.  He gave Sulpice his all, making him both believable and amusing. One wonders whether singing basso buffo roles might prove to be a gold mine for Mr. Stark. He was certainly very successful with this one!” from www.taminophile.com.

Multi-Generations of Percussionists at Dave Gerhart’s Faculty Recital

Dave Gerhart had quite the crowd at his faculty recital on January 31. The photo below shows 6 generations of percussionist from CSULB (Photo credit to Jon Krueger). Michael Carney smiled down on them.

Tyler Hunt, Jonathan Shih, Kevin Sakamoto, Michael King, Marc Young, Lucas Zumbado, Daniel Ellis, Kan Adachi, David Beery, Nolan Wren, Max Minskoff, Kevin Brown, Ls Marks-Guarnieri, John Rush, Matthew Williams, Amanda Duncan, Frank Rodriguez, Patrick O’Konski, Nick Gilroy, Curtis Baxter, Jeremy Cooley, and Jonathan Baer.

Nathan Stark in The Poe Project

Alumnus Nathan Stark will be singing with The Poe Project – Buried Alive & Embedded at North Dakota State University: Festival Concert Hall in Fargo in March.

Buried Alive (by composer Jeff Myers and librettistQuincy Long) and Embedded by composer Patrick Soluri and librettist Deborah Brevoort) were commissioned by American Lyric Theater in New York City in honor of the Poe Centennial in 2009. Rather than adapting Poe’s stories, to the stage, the writers were challenged with “What might Poe write if he were alive today?.”

Eric Graham Named Educator of the Year

Alumnus Eric Graham was honored as a California League of High Schools Educator of the Year for Region 11 (Orange County).The nomination came from his principal, school administration as well as his department chair at Marina High School where Eric is Director of Choirs.

David Ortega Scores for Disney

Alumnus David Ortega scored his third app in Disney’s most popular mobile game franchise, a life-like physics-based world of weather mechanics. “Where’s My Mickey?” was named Apple’s App of the Week.