Evan Walsh Wins Position in Debut Orchestra

Trumpet major Evan Walsh successfully auditioned into the Debut Orchestra and is on the sub list for the American Youth Symphony.

Now celebrating its 59th Season, the Debut Orchestra is one of the oldest pre-professional training orchestras in the country. It is comprised of 70 talented musicians from around the Los Angeles area.

Photo Credit: Sammy Segui

Mostly Kosher Releases Sneak Peek

Mostly Kosher, with alumni Leaav Sofer, Mike King, Will Brahm, Eric Hagstrom, Casey Solow, has released a sneak peak of their new album.

Mostly Kosher is a klezmer band based in Southern California, but has the feel of Lower Eastside New York 1930s “radio show” and Depression Era elation and angst. Directed by the multi-talented clarinetist, pianist and singer, Leeav Sofer, in cahoots with Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin and shtick. Band members also include Casey Solow, Mike King, Will Brahm, Adam Levy, Eric Hagstrom and Michael Bolger. Mostly Kosher continues to perform throughout Southern California with plans to tour the East Coast and Europe in the not too distant future.

Faculty on Advisory Committee for Int’l Trumpet Guild

Rob Frear and Richard Birkemeier have been appointed to the artistic advisory committee for the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim. The guild’s more than 5,000 members represent 56 countries and include professional and amateur performers, teachers, students, manufacturers, publishers, and others interested in belonging to an organization dedicated to the trumpet profession.

Kyle Spraker at PARMA Festival

The main event at the second annual PARMA Music Festival featured one of Boston’s finest new chamber ensembles. The Redline Brass Quintet consists of alumnus Kyle Spraker and Andrew Moreschi on trumpet, Nick Rubenstein on Horn, Christopher Moore on Tenor Trombone, and Philip Hyman on Bass Trombone.

The Quintet’s mission is to showcase great music of all periods and styles to audiences everywhere. They have performed in numerous recitals and premiered several new works for brass quintet, most recently John Morrison’s “A Conquest of Cold.” The Quintet is also committed to community outreach, working with the Discovery Ensemble to bring the music of Leonard Bernstein and other great composers into schools throughout Boston, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain.