Leeav Sofer Profiled in the LA Times

Alumnus Leeav Sofer, co-director of Colburn Wesley Project singers was profiled in the LA Times. The choir is comprised of homeless men and women living on skid row.

Leeav and Linda Evans have been working with the choir through the Colburn School, “There’s something there that no other choir has, which is the fact they want it so much more,” Leeav said of the choir. The choir gave its first performance at the City Club on the 51st floor of a downtown skyscraper wearing black evening-wear donated by a film financier.

Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 

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.

Meredith Kennedy Reaching Young People at Risk

Alumna Meredith Kennedy (MM Voice) is bringing music and film together in a documentary short about musicians in Belize using African drumming to reach young people at risk, as gang violence threatens to take over their communities. The impetus for the project was a 2008 trip to Belize and Meredith worked with an African drumming group to create a fund-raising concert for an environmental education program. She has an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the film:

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).)

Jon Talberg Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts from Chapman

Dr. Jonathan Talberg was honored as Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts 2014, “In recognition of his Distinguished Professional Achievements, Performance and Leadership in the Arts”  last weekend at Chapman University’s American Celebration. Dr. Talberg’s mentor at Chapman, William Hall, conducted the orchestra for the event and spoke about the role seminal Jon has played in choral music.

Tom Peters and Nosferatu in Fresno

Lecturer Tom Peters was featured in the Fresno Bee prior to his performance of Nosferatu. The paper noted, “Peters, a 2014 Grammy nominee in the chamber music/small ensemble category for “Cage: The 10,000 Things,” performs an original electronic score…Interest in creating contemporary musical scores for classic silent films is a blend of his own passion for avant-garde music and the influence of “a family of film buffs.” He’s fascinated by the look of silent films because the visuals are so important.

Peters has been creating contemporary musical soundtracks for silent movies since 2008, including “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari,” “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and “Pandora’s Box.” His score to John Ford’s “The Iron Horse” will premiere in March 2015 at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.”

Genevieve Artadi with Knower at Broad Stage

Knower, the duo with alumna Genevieve Artadi with Louis Cole, performed on the Quincy Jones Presents series on the Broad Stage’s Jazz Council Initiative last weekend. The Quincy Jones Presents series focuses on jazz mentorship and creating opportunities for young artists.

Mr. Jones wrote of them, “They make me smile and burn me up in the deepest parts of my soul. So please join us on Sunday, October 26th to celebrate the beginning of my four part Presents series with the electronic-funk-pop group KNOWER! You won’t want to miss these guys- they got it going on with Jazz Chops and today’s Chops….will be leavin’ ya’ll on your knees beggin’ for more.”

Sebastien Najand Composer for League of Legends

Alumnus Sebastien Najand is full-time composer for Riot Games (the video game company which produces League of Legends). As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.

Sebastien traveled to Seoul for the League of Legends world finals, where a project he worked on with Imagine Dragons was performed. He composed the music for live orchestra for parts of the competition.

Nathan Stark at Tanglewood

Alumnus Nathan Stark will be performing the bass solos in the bass solos Verdi Requiem with Murry Sidlin and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the historic Boston Symphony Hall in January. The performance is part of the Defiant Requiem Foundation’s series of performances in remembrance of 150 inmates performing the Requiem at the Terezin concentration camp.

Elizabeth Shuman Gives Paper at Fall Voice Conference

Alumna Elizabeth Shuman, currently studying Medicine at UC San Francisco, presented a poster session at the Fall Voice Conference in San Antonio last weekend. She collaborated with faculty on the paper, “A Comparison of Laryngostroboscopic Examination Techniques in Asymptomatic Opera Singers,” as well as with the San Francisco Opera. The focus of this conference is the clinical care of patients with voice-related difficulties and how clinical and basic science research guide clinical care.