Chris Rountree Receives a Rave Review

Alumnus Chris Rountree received a rave review of his new music ensemble, WildUp’s performance a the Music Academy (Montecito) in the LA Times.

Mark Swed wrote, “All the performances, led by Rountree, were exceptional, the ensemble turning on an astonishing stylistic dime. This group really has come a long way — technically, intellectually, emotionally and technologically. I worry about the future of Southern California citrus in a future of climate change, but on Saturday night, the future of classical music — of all music — seemed in the right new hands.”

Jeff DeSeriere Appointed to Faculty at Orange County School of the Arts

MM Conducting student Jeff DeSeriere has been appointed as the new Symphonic Band conductor at the Orange County School of the Arts.

OCSA send out a new release to their Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program Families which read, ”I am excited to inform you that we have hired a new Clarinet/Chamber Music teacher, Ms. Alana Miles, and a new Symphonic Band conductor, Mr. Jeffrey de Seriere. Both outstanding educators come to OCSA with an impressive background and exciting energy! We are very lucky to be adding Ms. Miles and Mr. de Seriere to our Wind Studies Program staff and I look forward to their wonderful work with our students. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Miles and Mr. de Seriere to the OCSA family!”

OSCA, a 7th–12th grade public charter school, has been consistently recognized as a US News’ “Best High Schools” program. 99% of its graduates attend college. (In the summer of 2012, the name of the school was changed from OCHSA (Orange County High School of the Arts) to OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts).)

Stephen Salts Gives Command Performance

Alumnus Stephen Salts gave a Command Performance this morning. While on his Fulbright, Stephen is singing with The Choir of Royal Holloway. They performed at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall with Her Majesty The Queen in attendance. The performance of Paul Mealor’s commissioned work was broadcast live on BBC1. This is Stephen’s photo of the royal family.

Bob Cole Students in Into the Woods

Several Bob Cole students were involved in The Troupe’s production of “Into the Woods” at historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro: Reyneelynn Cameros, Jonathan Perez (alumni), Kelly Caitlin, Kevin Brown (alumni), Kevin McBrien, Jasmine Kim, and Debbie Lee performed. Holly Choe conducted.