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Current News

David Weiss 1947-2014

David WeissThe Cole Conservatory mourns the loss of faculty member and longtime principal oboist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Edward Weiss, who died on Saturday after surfing at Santa Monica beach. David made his solo debut with the L.A. Phil in 1962, when he was 15, and served as principal oboist of the orchestra for thirty years until his retirement in 2003. Prior to that he was the first chair player for the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Along with recording many works with the L.A. Philharmonic, Mr. Weiss also played on over 200 motion picture soundtracks. In addition to his duties at CSULB, he was a faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where this statement was issued: "David reveled in all the details and challenges of great music-making, demonstrating time and again that exceptional performances are borne of an uncompromising commitment to excellence."

More information about David's life is available here and here.


Cole Conservatory announces new hires

The Bob Cole Conservatory is pleased to announce three new tenure-track hires. Assistant Professor Moni Simenov will be Area Coordinator of Strings; Assistant Professor Ted Atkatz will be Area Coordinator of Percussion, and Assistant Professor Christine Guter will direct our Vocal Jazz program.


University Percussion Group takes First again in California PAS

University Percussion Group.Congratulations to The University Percussion Group who placed first in the California PAS (Percussion Arts Society) College Percussion Ensemble Competition for the second year in a row. After competing against 4 other colleges, including Chapman University, San Jose State, Fresno State and San Joaquin College, they were again honored with a new Yamaha concert snare drum awarded to the first-place ensemble from Yamaha Percussion.

Congratulations also to Jazper Saldana, who placed 3rd in the college marimba competition—the most competitive solo category!

Pictured above are (L to R) Dr. Dave Gerhart, Julio DeLeon, Jeff Ramos, Jazper Saldana, Lucas Zumbado, Brianne Kikuchi, and Kan Adachi.


News Archive

To learn more about past news events at the Cole Conservatory, please visit our news archive.


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