Darren Loney’s Gahr HS Band Wins State Championship

Alumnus Darren Loney led his Gahr High School Band to the Division 4 State Championship  After advancing to the California State Grand Championships they took home the Grand Champion Trophy, Gold Medal. Gahr senior flutist Sayra Rosales received the Outstanding Soloist Award. Over half the band – 53 students – were freshmen or first-year members of the group. This is only the second year since Gahr High School has restarted its competitive marching program.

Kimberly Shankar and Courtney Crowe at Sweet Adelines International Competition

Alumni Kimberly Shankar and Courtney Crowe competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Baltimore last weekend. Sweet Adelines is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. Kimberly sang with the Harborlites who made into the finals.

Edward Nelson Wins 2nd in International Voice Competition

Edward Nelson took the Drs. Michelina Fato and Carl Snyderman Second Prize in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. The competition took place in Pittsburgh. In addition to a monetary award, Eddie won the opportunity to sing a leading operatic role in Opera Theater of Pittsbugrh’s Summerfest 2105, which will take place at the 20th Century Club through the month of July.

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.

Yi Chen Photo credit: downbeatphoto.com

 

 

 

 

Newfangled Four Make Semi Finals in First Pro International Competition

The Newfangled Four Barbershop Quartet, with recent graduates Jake Tickner and Jackson Niebrugge, won the International Collegiate Barbershop competition last year. This year, their first in the professional category, saw them reach the semi finals and place 16th.

A huge congratulations to them for qualifying, passing through the quarterfinals, and having a great showing in the semifinals in their first professional competition. The competition took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and was webcast worldwide

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.

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.