Harmony Sweepstakes Regional features Alumni

Defending Champions Honey Whiskey Trio (alumni Courtney Gasque, and Ann Louise Thaiss, Christina Wilson) hosted the Harmony Sweepstakes Regional A Cappella competition on April 5th at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. Our alumni permeated the awards.

Arf (with alumni Genevieve Artadi, Sean Fitzpartrick, Alexandra Domingo, and Andrea Calderwood, pictured) placed 2nd. Genevieve Artadi’s “Like the First Time” received the award for best arrangement!

Down 4 The Count placed 3rd, and alumnus Colleen Keene received the award for best original composition with ”I’m Leaving SLO”

Our own Nick Mancini recorded and mixed “Like the First Time” at his new studio: https://soundcloud.com/alexandrinha/like-the-first-time

Huge Wins at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

CJO and PST competed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival on Sunday, March 30. Alumnus Justin Padilla’s Oak Middle School Big Band was also one of the finalists invited to compete.

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda (that’s one half of the total number of Outstanding Soloists!).

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Alan Shockley at Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene

While on sabbatical this spring, Alan Shockley spent a month in France at the Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene composing “in oceangreen of shadow” for shakuhachi and microtonally retuned harp with an ensemble of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, arpeggione (bowed guitar), and cello. The premiere is scheduled for 13 May 2014 in Southern California

 

 

Jazz at the Beach at Monterey Next Gen

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Stephen Salts Awarded Fulbright to UK

A HUGE congratulations goes to Stephen Salts (MM Choral Conducting) who has been awarded a Fulbright to study in the UK. He is completing his MM in Choral Conducting this May. From September 2014 to July 2015, Stephen will represent the United States as a cultural ambassador in London, England.

While researching the English choral tradition, he will be earning a second Masters degree in music at Royal Holloway, University of London where he will study with celebrated conductor, Rupert Gough.

Sean Dunnahoe who earned his BM (composition) and MA (musicology) at BCCM is working on his doctorate at Royal Holloway.

Newfangled Four in Workshop and Northern Union Collegiate Choral Festival

The defending International Barbershop Quartet Champions, the Newfangled Four with BCCM students Jake Tickner and Jackson Niebrugge, worked with young singers from ten schools at the fourth annual Youth in Harmony Festival in Santa Maria.

The following weekend they were featured at the 10th annual Great Northern Union Collegiate Men’s Choral Festival in Minneapolis. The shared the stage with the Wartburg College Ritterchor, and the St. Olaf College Viking Chorus.

Axel Clarke as Ringo in Beatles Tribute Band

Alumnus Axel Clarke is currently touring with a Beatles Tribute Band (yes, Axel is Ringo) in a Beatles vs Stones throw down.

In April, the band, Abbey Road, begin touring “In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles.” They’ll play Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City UT, as well as other stops in AZ, UT, ID MT, OR, and WA

Run River North Profiled in Wall Street Journal

Run River North with BCCM violinist Jennifer North was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Their first album was released in February and they played to a sold-out Troubador for their release party.
As is noted in the article, “The band devoted the past year to writing new songs, recording an album and building its fan base. This year, after touring across the U.S., the group will perform in several countries in Asia, where Warner Music Group will release its album.”
Photo credit: Winni Wintermeyer for The Wall Street Journal