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.

BCCM Trumpets Invited Back to National Competition

Congratulations to the BCCM Trumpet Ensemble (Tony Belletti, Andy Camou, Devin Henderson, Ian Holmquist, Casey Martin, Jackson Niebrugge, Michael Sullivan, and Evan Walsh) who made it to the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition for the third year in a row. They placed third in the nation last year. This year, they are playing Rob Frear’s arrangement of “Variations on America.”

Two BCCM graduate students, Michael Sullivan and Jeremy Yeagley were accepted in the Graduate Solo division.

Rob Frear has been invited to judge the High School solo competition this year.

VJ on National “The Sing Off” Tour

Alumnus VJ Rosales will be on a national tour with the Filharmonics and the other bands on “The Sing Off” February 19 – March 29. They play 6 shows a week, each in a different city, beginning in New York and the east cost, then to the midwest, Northwest, and finishing at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Dates and ticket information are here.