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Spring 2014:

University Percussion Group takes First in California PAS

The University Percussion Group.Congratulations to The University Percussion Group who placed first in the California PAS (Percussion Arts Society) College Percussion Ensemble Competition. They are pictured with a new Yamaha snare drum awarded to the first-place ensemble from Yamaha Percussion. Six ensembles competed from BCCM, CSU Sacramento, San Jose, Bob Allen Music, Fullerton, and Chapman.

Congratulations to Nick Gilroy as well, who placed second in the solo College Multi-Percussion Division. The University Percussion Group just completed their first tour, performing at the California Day of Percussion in Fresno on April 19.

Dr. Gerhart gave a presentation at the conference entitled "The 21st Century Percussionist: Today, Tomorrow, and the Future."

Spring 2013:

BCCM wins high honors at National Trumpet Competition

The BCCM Trumpet Ensemble in competition at NTC.Congratulations to Tony Belletti, Devin Henderson, Esther Hood, Casey Martin, Jackson Niebrugge, Drew Ninmer, and Kurt Peregrine for playing an extraordinary performance under pressure; they were flawless, exciting, rock-solid, and represented the Cole Conservatory well.

More information about the competition and their performance is on the Trumpet Competition page.

TED2013 videos

Eric Whitacre facing the "virtual choir" on the TED2013 stage.The BCCM Chamber Choir sang for Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre's final speech of TED2013, performing Cloudburst.

BCCM undergraduates Beth Wightwick and Jake Tickner were selected by the composer to perform the solos. Stephen Salts, graduate choral assistant, prepared the ensemble for this performance of Cloudburst.

More information about the performance, with video and behind-the-scenes footage, can be found at the BCCM TED page.

New Music Virtuosos at the BCCM March 2013

Saturday, March 16th

The ensemble DuoSolo (Michael Kirkendoll, piano, and Mary Fukushima, flute) are playing a concert of new music in Daniel Recital Hall. The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. ($10/$7).

Friday and Saturday, March 22-23

The world renowned Kronos String Quartet will be on campus! On Friday afternoon at 1:30 the members of the quartet will be doing workshops with our student composers. We'll start with a brief session in Daniel Recital Hall with the quartet, and move to breakout sessions with the four quartet members in various classrooms within the conservatory. From 4:00-5:30 in the Engineering Building, the quartet, along with various scientists and other musicians, will take part in a panel discussion about the creation of the multimedia work Sun Rings which they will be performing on Saturday night. On Saturday in CPAC, the Kronos Quartet, joined by a chorus from the BCCM will perform Sun Rings.

Monday, March 25th

Bass clarinetist and composer Michael Lowenstern is visiting campus.

  • 3-4 p.m., Clarinet masterclass, DRH
  • 4:30-5:45, composers colloquium, DRH
  • 8 p.m., Michael Lowenstern Concert, DRH ($10/$7)

Frank Pooler 1926-2013

Frank Pooler leaning on a piano looking at the camera.It is with great sadness that the Bob Cole Conservatory announces the passing of Frank Pooler, Director of Choral Activities at CSULB from 1959-1988. Frank was an extraordinary choral director, active in ACDA, and a great proponent of expanding the repertoire of new choral music. In an 1975 article for the ACDA Choral Journal, he wrote:

"Yes, a great number of interesting and expressive avenues will be opening to us. It is my hope that we will have the curiosity and boldness to explore all of them in order that we may share with our singers the joy of an expanding technique and repertoire that will enable us to grow musically as we become at home with all that the future brings."

"Frank was unique in his ability to nurture talent and give it wings to fly," said Leland Vail, a former student and long-time faculty member of BCCM.

Frank with young Richard and Karen Carpenter.Pooler is most well known for his association with The Carpenters; Karen and Richard Carpenter sang in his choirs. They credit Pooler with teaching them voice blending. Pooler was instrumental in their ability to sound the same in live performance as in their recordings, instructing them to rehearse for blend, balance, and impeccable intonation. Karen said of Pooler, "He was the only one down there who actually understood what we were after, and he stood behind us all the way."

Pooler and Richard Carpenter co-wrote Merry Christmas, Darling, now a standard heard every holiday season. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts when it was released in 1970.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4:00pm Feb. 23 at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach.

Cole Conservatory Concurrent Masters of Music and Masters of Arts Degree candidates

The Cole Conservatory is now officially accpeting applications from students who wish to enroll in the MM and MA degree programs concurrently.

Fall 2012:

The Medieval Wheel of Fortuna.

In Honor of Michael Carney: Carmina Burana and the world premiere of The Other Shore by Carolyn Bremer

Saturday and Sunday October 27-28

Don't miss this collaborative effort between The University Percussion Group, conducted by Dave Gerhart, the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir, the CSULB University Choir and soloists, conducted by Jonathan Talberg.

Pieces include Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orlé́ans by Debussy, …of the Earth by McClure, I Hate and I Love by Argento, and the World Premiere of The Other Shore by Carolyn Bremer, written in memory of Michael Carney and featuring Dave Gerhart on vibraphone.

Orff's Carmina Burana will be performed in it's entirety. The concert takes place in the Daniel Recital Hall on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 28th at 4:00pm.

Purchase tickets online or call 562-985-7000.

Roberta Alexander in a black gown looking fierce!

Roberta Alexander as Artist-in-Residence October 16-20

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music proudly welcomes acclaimed Soprano Roberta Alexander as Artist-in-Residence October 16-20, 2012.

From her website: "Among the most compelling singing actresses of our time, the admired black American soprano, Roberta Alexander, enjoys international renown for her riveting, incisive characterizations, miraculous vocal and dramatic range..."

Read the rest of her bio here.

The Bob Cole Plaza and Pavilion Dedication Saturday, October 6

Please join us for the grand opening of the newly completed Bob Cole Plaza and Pavilion on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Outdoor pre-festivities begin with the Steel Drum Ensemble performing at 1:30; the formal dedication program starts at 2:00. Accompanying the program will be the award-winning Pacific Standard Time Vocal Jazz ensemble and brass ensembles. Keyboard students will perform on Bob Cole's beloved Steinway, in its new permanent home, the Bob Cole Pavilion.

At 4:00, The Bob Cole Conservatory will present a free Music Celebration in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature the Chamber Choir, CSULB University Choir, University Percussion Group, Symphony Orchestra, Conservatory Jazz Combo, and University Wind Quintet. The program will conclude with the premiere of the Bob Cole Conservatory Fanfare and Anthem with music by Cole Conservatory Director John Allan Carnahan and lyrics by the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir.

Michael Carney

On June 14, 2012, Bob Cole Conservatory faculty member Dr. Michael Carney passed away. We lost a colleague and a friend--a member of our family. A memorial concert is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd. We will celebrate Michael's legacy with current and former students playing the music he loved and brought into their lives. more…

Dr. Leland Vail honored at the University Achievement Awards ceremony

The University Awards Committee has named Dr. Leland Vail as this year's recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Advising Award. This is a huge honor and richly deserved.

Pacific Standard Time wins top honors second year in a row

Congratulations to PST, Pacific Standard Time, and its director Christine Guter. PST has been named the top vocal jazz group in the US. We are now able to announce that PST won the DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards Collegiate Graduate Vocal Jazz Category for the SECOND YEAR in a ROW.

We are so proud of PST and their accomplishments! If you'd like to hear them live, please come to the Vocal Jazz concert on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00PM in the University Theatre. Tickets: $10/$7.

Spring 2012:

Composers' Colloquium hosts international guest appearances—April-May 2012

In April and May of 2012 the Composition Studies Composers' Colloquium will host several international guests:

  • April 4, Gayathri Khemadasa (Sri Lankan composer, talking about her current opera project)
  • April 11, Oscar Bettison (young British composer, currently on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory)
  • April 18, Justin Freer (LA area film and wind band composer)
  • May 9, Ken Ueno (composer/extended vocal technique expert on the faculty at UC Berkeley)

More about the colloquium.

Film Music Symposium—April 2012

On April 12-14 the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music will host a film music symposium. From Nineteenth-Century Stage Melodrama to Twenty-First-Century Film Scoring: Musicodramatic Practice and Knowledge Organization is presented by the Society for American Music and the California State University, Long Beach.

For more information about the symposium, please visit:

Cole FAculty Member Craig Richey Scores New Film

Craig Richey's film score to Answers to Nothing received a rave review in Film Music Magazine: "In such omnibus films as "Friends With Money," "The Gymnast" and "King of Kong," Craig Richey's proven he has a subtle, often dream-like way of musically getting into characters' conflicted thoughts. It's a talent that serves him well in the "Crash"-like stories that make up "Answers To Nothing." Richey hears an alternative sound for acoustical instruments, piano and troubled samples, conveying a tone of both understanding and apprehension at the missing person's case that links the film's disparate characters. Richey's work is subtly mesmerizing, his mellow groove powerfully contrasting with the rock overload of Nico Vega. Her raw songs scream with the anguish that Richey captures at a whisper, both approaches working well to paint an evocative soundtrack for L.A.'s, inter-connected naked city."

More info: (scroll down)

LA Sax Quartet Kudos

The Los Angeles Saxophone Quartet (Jay Mason, James Barerra, and alumni Chris Charbonneau and Roger Przytulski) performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Arizona last weekend to a full house. Roger Przytulski's Hothouse was enthusiastically received.

Cole Alumni at North American Saxophone Alliance

Quintessential Winds and Yi Chen (all alums) performed the Heiden Intrada and premiered a new sextet for wind quintet and sax at the North American Saxophone Alliance last weekend. Alumnus John Hallberg competed in the Quartet competition and son of alumnus Edmund Velasco, Julian Velasco, competed in the High School Competition.

Catch the Caesar Martinez Quintet

Alumnus Caesar Martinez formed the Caesar Martinez Quintet and debuted at Break the Mold (run by Alums Alex Sadnik and James Yoshizawa) last weekend. His group will feature originals and arrangements of standards composed by members of the quintet, ranging from contemporary sounds to Latin jazz.

Nate Tronerud composes for Swordspoint

Nate Tronerud composed music for Ellen Kushner's audiobook Swordspoint (part of Neil Gaiman's audiobook series). Nate had one of the cues performed live last week; this is what the author posted on her blog after hearing a recording:

[title of post: Dept. of So Cool I Can Hardly Stand It (Swordspoint Audiobook Division)] "I am utterly ravished to announce that we have just signed Nate up to write new music for the Privilege of the Sword audiobook, currently in production and scheduled for June 2012. We will, of course, incorporate some of the Swordspoint music (for continuity, and because it's so *good*)…but I've been promised some new themes, for things like "Marcus & Katherine, the Young Detectives"…and, of course, Artemisia Fitz-Levi gets her own motif! Can't wait." (the comments are fun to read)

The author discusses working with Nate in this podcast as well:

Fall 2011:

Richard Rintoul (1955-2011)

Former faculty member Richard Rintoul passed away on Friday, November 25, 2011. He was the Director of Orchestral Studies at CSULB from 1997-2006, during which time he conducted the University Symphony Orchestra, opera productions, and taught instrumental conducting and chamber music. He also established a Studio Orchestra and a fondly remembered series of Halloween concerts. A Life Celebration is planned; details will be posted on his website,

Composers' Colloquium hosts Composers Eve Beglarian Nov. 2 and Carl Stone Nov. 9

Eve Beglarian profile.Wednesday, November 2, the Cole Conservatory welcomes composer Eve Beglarian. Noted by Josef Woodard of the Los Angeles Times as "a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist," and a composer, performer, and audio producer whose music is "an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements," Beglarian's chamber, choral, and orchestral music has been commissioned and widely performed by performers such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the American Composers Orchestra, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and others.

Eve's appearance at the Composer's Colloquium will be on Wednesday, November 2 from 3:15-4:30 in C402. This event is free, and open to all interested!

For more information on Eve, please visit her website.

Carl Stone at a laptop.Wednesday, November 9, the Composer's Colloquium will feature composer/live electronic musician Carl Stone. Hailed by Time Out New York as, "One of American experimental music's most eloquent advocates," Carl Stone is one of the first contemporary composers to utilize sampling technology as a main form of sound production. He's performed around the world and has influenced generations of sound artists with a laptop approach to performance and sound construction. Originally from L.A. and trained at CalArts, he currently lives and teaches in Japan.

"{Stone's music is} a powerful stimulant, with lingering euphoric effects." —Steve Smith, New York Times.

Carl will be at the Composer's Colloquium on Wednesday, November 9 from 3:15-4:30 in C402. This event is free, and open to all interested!

More information Carl Stone is availble at his website.

Portrait of David Lisker.Violinist David Lisker at the Cole Conservatory Oct 8

Saturday, October 8, the Cole Conservatory's own Valentina Gottleib will perform a Faculty Artist Series concert on piano, with special guest David Lisker, violin. For more information on Daivd, please visit his website:

College of the Arts B-Word Project

B-Word Project banner.Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It (The B-Word Project) is an 18-month campus-wide initiative, running from September 2011 through December 2012, at California State University, Long Beach. The goal of the project is to provoke thought, discussion and research into the effects of censorship across all disciplines at Cal State Long Beach.

More information: The B-Word Project Website

Johannes Moser cello Masterclass Oct 14

Johannes Moser will be giving a Cello Masterclass, Friday, Oct. 14th in A301 from 3-5pm. Mr. Moser just soloed with the Berlin Philharmonic and will play with LA Phil next weekend. More information on Johannes Moser is available on his website:

Chamber Choir and Pacific Standard Time to sing at the ACDA Western Convention

Congratulations to the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir and to Pacific Standard Time, Vocal Jazz, for being invited to sing at the American Choral Directors Association Western Convention in Reno in March of 2012!

Jessie Shulman wins The Harold Heiberg LiedersÄnger Preis

Congratulations to Cole Conservatory Opera major Jessie Shulman for winning The Harold Heiberg Liedersänger Preis at the AIMS Summer Institute in Graz, Austria! This is the top prize of the American Institue of Musical Studies summer program; Jessie was chosen as the "Outstanding Liedersänger" by a panel of faculty members.

Vist the AIMS website for more information about the program.

Brass at the Beach welcomes Kyle Covington

Brass at the Beach is pleased to announce the addition of Kyle Covington, the outstanding young Principal Trombonist of the San Diego Symphony, to our applied staff. A Cailifornia native, Kyle is a grauate of the Juilliard School and was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic before coming to San Diego.

For more information please visit his page at the SDSU website.

Brass Fall 2011 Placement Audition materials available

Brass players: Brass at the Beach Fall 2011 placement audition material is up online at Professor Frear's website.

Spring 2011:

Special Composers' Colloquium with guest Steven Mackey, May 11 @ 5pm

Composer Steven Mackey will be a guest Wednesday May 11th, presenting at a special Composers' Colloquium at 5 p.m. in C-402. Mackey has been honored by numerous awards and has been the composer-in-residence at major music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Holland Festival. Among his commissions are works for the Chicago, St Louis, New World, San Francisco Symphonies, and Dutch Radio, symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, The Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, the Kronos Quartet, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Brentano String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Fred Sherry, Dawn Upshaw, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and many others.

For more information please visit his website.

Pacific Standard Time Named Best Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble; Hear them in concert with Jazz N' Tonic on April 29

Pacific Standard Time, CSULB's premiere vocal jazz ensemble, has been named the best collegiate vocal jazz ensemble by DownBeat Magazine—the top jazz publication in the U.S.

The group, led by Christine Guter, has seen unprecedented recognition this year, including a prestigious invitation to one of the top choral conventions and first place honors for the second time at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear Pacific Standard Time on Friday, April 29 at 8 pm in the University Theatre. Tickets are $10/7 and can be purchased here.

Celebrating Music poster depicting two weathered hands levitating a candle flame.

Celebrating Music 2011
Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem May 7

Featuring the Bob Cole Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs performing Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, conducted by Jonathan Talberg, and the West Coast Premiere of Franz Schreker's Schwanensang, Op. 11 conducted by Johannes Müller-Stosch.

Saturday, May 7th at 8:00pm. Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Tickets $15/10.

We are proud to feature this concert as part of the Rediscovered Beauty: Suppressed Composers series.

CSULB New Music Ensemble welcomes Christian Wolff April 11

The CSULB New Music Ensemble is proud to announce that famed composer, Christian Wolff, will be in residence with the ensemble next week. On Monday April 11th, Wolff will speak at a special Composers' Colloquium at 5:30pm in Daniel Recital Hall. This is a free event, and open to the public.

At 8pm on Monday the 11th, also in Daniel Recital Hall, the New Music Ensemble will present a concert program of works by Wolff, Cage, and Feldman, including the world premiere of Christian Wolff's Robert, a new open instrumentation work commissioned by NME director Alan Shockley and the ensemble for this concert! Robert is dedicated to the choreographic director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Robert Swinston.

Tickets are available for the concert for $10 for the general public and only $7 for seniors or CSULB students. Please join us for this exciting world premiere!

Cendrillon postcard with an image of Cinderella with Cranes.

Jules Massenet's Cendrillon April 8-10!

  • David Anglin, coach
  • Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor
  • Stephanie Vlahos, director

Once Upon a Time…enter the magical story of Cendrillon (Cinderella)—an enchanting production of Jules Massenet's French classic opera for adults and children alike, brought to you by the The Opera Institute at California State University, Long Beach. Don't miss this fairy tale production…we promise that if you do, you will live "Happily Ever After!"

More information and performance times here.

CSULB Wind Symphony is selected to perform at the CBDNA National Conference

The CSULB Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Alan Carnahan, has been selected to perform at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Seattle, WA on Thursday, March 24, 2011. This is one of the most prestigious conferences in the wind band field. From a pool of 28 applications, the Wind Symphony is only one of seven, and the only representative from the CBDNA Western Division, chosen to participate in this conference. The Wind Symphony will be performing for hundreds of college wind band conductors, their students, and members of the Seattle community.

Pacific Standard Time vocal jazz ensemble is selected to perform at the ACDA National Conference

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Helferich Guter, has been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Chicago, IL on Friday, March 11, 2011. This performance will take place as a part of the conference's "Jazz Night." Only three university vocal jazz ensembles across the country were invited to perform at this most prestigious event.

Portrait of Roberta Alexander.Cole Conservatory welcomes artist-in-residence Roberta Alexander

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is proud to present a week of master classes with soprano Roberta Alexander, March 14-19, 2011. Among the most compelling singing actresses of our time, she enjoys international renown for her riveting, incisive characterizations, miraculous vocal and dramatic range. She was reared in a musical family, studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and has performed throughout the world and on voluminous recordings.

For more information, photos, and wonderful sound clips please visit Roberta Alexander's website.

Johannes MÜller-Stosch introduces new summer conducting institute

Director of Orchestral Studies at the the Cole Conservatory of Music, Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch, has a new summer conducting institute with the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. It's a week-long training workshop for conducting students and educators involving seminars, piano rehearsals and sessions with live orchestras. Faculty includes David Leung, Gabe Southard and visiting conductor Neil Varon from the Eastman School of Music.

More details at:

Cole Conservatory students receive top honors in local, regional, and international competitions

Cole Conservatory student Yoori Choi has won first place in the Southern California division in her category (4-year college students) at the California Association of Professional Music Teacher's Concerto Competition. She will compete in the finals in February 2011 at the State Convention.

Cole Conservatory graduate Sam Grodin has won the Special Prize for the Best Performance of Contemporary Work at the 2010 Ibiza International Piano Competition in Spain.

Piano student Josh Vigran performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra in April 2010 as winner of the Bellflower Symphony Concerto Competition. Josh, a junior piano performance major and student of Dr. Valentina Gottlieb, joins a long list of Cole Conservatory piano students receiving top honors in local and state-wide competitions in recent years.

CSULB Opera Institute performance in palm springs

The Cole Conservatory cordially invites you to attend an afternoon of opera and song to benefit the Opera Institute featuring the young artists of the Opera Institute. This special event will take place in Palm Springs, CA on February 26, 2011 at 3:00pm.

For Los Angeles / Orange County residents, transportation to the event from the CSULB campus will be provided.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Moran at 562-985-7413.

Cole Conservatory welcomes Delores Ziegler

The Bob Cole Conservatory welcomes acclaimed mezzo-soprano Delores Ziegler, February 7-10, 2011. She will hold an open master class, Thursday, February 10, 6:00pm-9:30pm in the Daniel Recital Hall.

Ms. Ziegler is currently Chair of the Voice/Opera Division of the School of Music at the University of Maryland. More information can be found here.

Fall 2010:

University Symphony Orchestra joins with the Dance Department in Fusion: a Performance of Dance and Live Orchestra

Fusion poster, depicting a violinist in coattails opposite a dancer holding her shoes.Six musical masterpieces, contemporary dance, and multimedia come together on the spacious Carpenter Performing Arts Center stage this fall. For the first time in the history of the College of the Arts, the Cole Conservatory and the Department of Dance collaborate to bring cutting-edge choreography together with a live symphony orchestra. Choreographers Colleen Dunagan, Susan McLain, Sophie Monat and Lorin Johnson, along with guest choreographer Holly Johnston (one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to watch” and Artistic Director of Ledges and Bones in Los Angeles), present five premieres inspired by the music of Steve Reich, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy. A new dance film by Keith Johnson and Gregory Crosby, “Life in Security,” will also be presented. Johannes Müller-Stosch, Director of the Cole Conservatory Orchestra, will conduct and oversee this exciting event with Concert Director, Lorin Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Dance Department. With lighting design and technical direction by Andrew N. Milhan and costume design by Liz Pelster, Fusion promises to be one of the most exciting events in the history of the College of the Arts.

Friday, Nov. 19 at 8:00pm; Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Cole Conservatory Alumnus Ryan Blauvelt now Regional Marketing Manager at J.W. Pepper & Son

The Cole Conservatory would like to congratulate CSULB alumnus Ryan Blauvelt on his successes as a percussionist, studio teacher, advocate, blogger, writer, and as Regional Marketing Manager of the Northern California branch of J.W. Pepper & Son, the world’s largest sheet music retailer. After Ryan received his BM in Percussion Performance at CSULB, he played with several New England area professional ensembles until he relocated to the Bay Area to accept a sales and marketing position at J.W. Pepper, and became a music industry executive! In addition to playing in various ensembles and maintaining a full private studio, Ryan strives to redefine the term “music career” and uses his store to connect players, teachers, and composers in the Bay Area music community, giving college music majors guided tours of J.W. Pepper’s facilities.

We are proud of Ryan’s outstanding achievements, and consider him clearly one of CSULB’s finest!

Visit his page at J.W. Pepper’s official blog site:

In C remixes

As a companion to the New Music Ensemble's performance of Terry Riley's In C, nine Cole Conservatory composition students were invited to remix the piece. The fantastic results of their work can be heard on the Cole Conservatory's YouTube Channel.

Be sure to attend the NME's live performance of In C this Tuesday, October 5th at 8pm in the Daniel Recital Hall.

Guest Artist Pamela Z at the cole conservatory september 28-29

Composer/singer/performance artist Pamela Z will be performing in concert Tuesday, September 28 in the Daniel Recital Hall at 8pm, and will be at the Composers' Colloquium on Wednesday, September 29 at 3:15pm. Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship.

Composer Tom Schneller collaborates with the University Symphony Orchestra

On September 24th, German composer Tom Schneller will do a special Composers' Colloquium in UMC-C200 at 1:00pm. Schneller's piece Transformations for Orchestra, commissioned by the Cole Conservatory's own Johannes Müller-Stosch to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Holland Symphony Orchestra, will have it's West Coast Premiere by the University Symphony Orchestra this Friday night in the Carpenter Center at 8:00pm. For more information on Tom Schneller, visit his website. For tickets to the Orchestra performance, check the Ticket Office.

Composer Sean Heim visits the Composers' Colloquium

On September 23rd, composer Sean Heim will be at the Composers' Colloquium in UMC-C200. In addition to being on the facutly at Chapman University, Sean Heim has received numerous prizes, awards, honors, and commissions from such prestigious institutions as the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The American Composers Forum, The ASCAP Foundation—including the Rudolf Nissim Prize and the Morton Gould Young Composers Award, Chapman University, Arizona State University, and The University of Queensland. Sean’s music has been performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad.

Cole Conservatory Alumnus Dylan Campbell wins Gold Medal at the DCA World Championships

Dylan Campbell, CSULB Percussion alumnus and member of the SoCal Dream Drum Corps' pit section, won the gold medal for the Individual & Ensemble keyboard solo competition at the DCA World Championships in Rochester, NY, September 1-6, 2010. In addition, Campbell's percussion section scored the highest in their division. Congratulations to Dylan and SoCal Dream for their achievement!

Spring 2010:

Vocal Jazz Wins 2010 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards

Pacific Standard Time, Katheren Geisick, Ann Pedersen, Alex Stepehns, and Andera Calderwood each won a 2010 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award, for a total of 5 awards! Check out the Vocal Jazz page to learn more!

Celebrating Music 2010 Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" May 8

Conducted by Johannes Müller-Stosch, featuring the University Symphony Orchestra and the combined choirs of the Cole Conservatory. Honoring Distinguished Alumnus Bruce Leek. 8:00pm in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Check the calendar for tickets.

Mahler, in a letter to a friend, January 1895:
“The effect is so great that one cannot describe it…the whole thing sounds as though it came to us from some other world. I think there is no one who can resist it. One is battered to the ground and then raised on angel's wings to the highest heights."

Mahler Symphony No. 2 Poster of a male figure floating above a bed.

Cole Conservatory's Danielle Collins Wins 2010 Percussion World Class Finals

Pulse Percussion, Danielle Collins (BM percussion and Music Education, 2009), Executive Director, won the 2010 Percussion World Class Finals of Winter Guard International (WGI) in Dayton, Ohio. WGI is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions with over 11,000 participants. The World Class Finals is WGI's elite category.

Cole Conservatory YouTube Channel

The Cole Conservatory is proud to introduce it's very own YouTube channel, available here:

Cole Conservatory Brass Quintet in the Isabel Coleman International Chamber Music Competition

For the second consecutive year, the Bob Cole Conservatory Brass Quintet, coached by Rob Frear, has made the finals of the prestigious Isabel Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, to be held on April 24 in Pasadena. John Cross and Casey Martin, Trumpets, Emalina Thompson, Horn, Charles Lilly, Trombone and D.J. Clovis, Bass Trombone, will be performing Anthony Plog's Mosaics, Four Monteverdi Madrigals and Suite Americana No. 1 by Enrique Crespo.

Hear their pre-competition recital on Thursday, April 15 in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall.

Portrait of Robert Langevin.

Cole Conservatory welcomes Guest Artist Robert Langevin

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is proud to present guest artist Robert Langevin, principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic in master classes and in a performance, Saturday, March 20, 2010 8pm in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall; tickets $10/7.

The program will feature: Sonate en Concert—Jean-Michel Damase; the world premiere of Christopher Caliendo's Flute Sonata #6 (The Toulouse-Lautrec Sonata); Sonata in A, op 13 (arranged for Flute and Piano)—Gabriel Faure; Hungarian Fantasy for Two Flutes—Franz & Karl Doppler (with flutist, John Barcellona).

Robert langevin is currently one of North America’s strongest links to the French School of flute performance and pedagogy. In recent years, he has received considerable recognition due to his many solo and orchestral performances at home and abroad. Prior to his present position as the Principal Flutist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Langevin served as Associate Principal with the Montreal Symphony that included performances on more than 30 recordings over a 13-year period. In 1993 Mr. Langevin joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as Principal Flutist, a position he held for almost 10 years. In 2000 he was awarded the Principal Flute position with the New York Philharmonic, yet managed to achieve the impossible—fulfilling both the Pittsburgh and New York positions simultaneously for 2 seasons, including the performing tours in numerous countries for both orchestras. In addition to his affiliations as a teacher at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, he has also served on the faculties of Montreal University and Duquesne University. He has given numerous master classes and recitals throughout the world, most recently in Costa Rica, Singapore and Vietnam. In 2007 he was selected to judge the first Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition. A native of Quebec, he returns each summer to teach and perform at the Orford Music Festival. He is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory and studied abroad with Aurele Nicolet and Maxence Larrieu.

Portrait of Cheryl Studer.

Cole Conservatory welcomes artist-in-residence Cheryl Studer

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is thrilled to present a week of master classes with Cheryl Studer, March 22-25, 2010, one of the world's most prominent singers. The grammy award winning Studer has performed in over eighty roles, and recorded with such luminaries as Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Sir George Solti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Kent Nagano. One of the most prominent singers of our time, the dramatic soprano has sung from Mozart to Strauss and from Verdi to Floyd in most of the major opera houses of the world.

To hear her sing Mozart's Dove Sono from Marriage of Figaro (Vienna State Opera, Claudio Abbado, Conductor) , click here.

Visit Cheryl Studer's Wiki.

Portrait of Marina Harris.Cole Conservatory congratulates Cole Conservatory alumna Marina Harris

Marina Harris (Bachelor of Music-Opera Performance-2007) was the highest ranked female singer in the Western Division of the Metropolitan Opera's National Competition. The Bob Cole faculty congratulates Marina on her many recent professional success, and on her placing on this most prestigious of regional competitions.

Fall 2009:

Candid portrait of Kyle Stevens.Cole Conservatory mourns senior choral music education major Kyle Stevens

In the early morning of October 19th, Cole Conservatory senior Kyle Stevens passed away unexpectedly at his home. An outstanding bass vocalist, four-year member of the Chamber Choir, treasurer of the student ACDA chapter, and founding member of Men's Chorus, Kyle will be remembered for his sense of humor, his gentle nature, and his love of singing and people.

His friends and family have established a scholarship in his honor. To contribute, please send your donation made out to CSULB Foundation, Kyle Stevens Scholarship and send it to:

Arlena Kauppi
College of the Arts
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Cole Conservatory Hosts Robert Dick Concert and Masterclass

On October 10th & 11th, the Conservatory hosted flutist/composer Robert Dick for master classes and a concert. He is an international living legend, known for his work on extended techniques, that has expanded the flute's vocabulary more than anyone in history.

Robert Dick is pictured here with Dr. John Barcellona, Director of Woodwind Studies, during the finale of his solo recital.

John Barcellona and Robert Dick playing a flute piece.

Cole Conservatory welcomes David Weiss to woodwind faculty

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is pleased to welcome David Weiss, former Principal Oboist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to our woodwind faculty. —Dr. John Barcellona, Director of Woodwind Studies

Please visit David Weiss's Woodwind Studies page.

Two musicology students win Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Christa Lorenz and Erica Ann Watson, both students in the MA Musicology program, for winning Graduate Research Fellowships in support of their thesis research for the 2009-10 year. Christa’s research will focus on original film scores by Hugo Friedhofer and Dimitri Tiomkin, among others, that are in the University Library Special Collections. Erica’s work will focus on World War II-era songs which shaped and secularized societal attitudes about the celebration of Christmas.

Jazz Ensembles Take Top Honors at Monterey

Congratulations to both Concert Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Jarvis, director, and Pacific Standard Time, Christine Guter, director, for taking first place at the 52nd annual Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Festival. The Bob Cole Conservatory Jazz Program swept the Collegiate awards! Join Jazz at the Beach in Monterey this September!

Record numbers audition for the Bob Cole Conservatory in Spring 2009

Over three hundred prospective students have registered to audition for the Bob Cole Conservatory's spring auditions. Instrumentalists and singers have flocked to Cal State Long Beach's newly created Conservatory, lured by top-quality performance and scholarly opportunities and significant scholarship. The final audition date is March 7; there are still limited openings for auditions. Interested students should register immediately by emailing Arnel G. Ignacio.

CSULB alumnus Ryan Brown named composer fellow of Brooklyn Philharmonic

The Brooklyn Philharmonic has named CSULB alumnus Ryan Brown as one of its composer fellows for the 2008-2009 season. Fellows are given open access to all Brooklyn Philharmonic rehearsals and concerts, receive private instruction and feedback from Music Director Christie, and work closely with composer Randall Woolf to create chamber works to be premiered at the Brooklyn Philharmonic's "Music Off The Walls" series at the Brooklyn Museum.

spring 2009:

CSULB alumnus Hermes Camacho wins this year's Iron Composer Competition

Hermes Camacho, BM Composition 2005, has won the 2008 Iron Composer Competition. In this unique competition, modeled after television's Iron Chef, five composers chosen from a national field of contestants were given five hours to write a piece based on a secret musical ingredient for a specific ensemble. This year, the secret musical ingredient was a painting, Monet's 'Impression, Sunrise.' The winning composition, Impressions of Wallpaper, was performed by the Monument Piano Trio.

Hermes is currently a DMA student at the University of Texas, Austin.

See a performance of Mr. Camacho's winning composition here.

The Cole Conservatory welcomes Dr. Alan Shockley to Comp/Theory

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce that Dr. Alan Shockley will be joining the Composition / Theory faculty in Fall 2008. Dr. Shockley received the M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Composition from Princeton University and has also studied at Ohio State University and the University of Georgia. Dr. Shockley has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Centro Studi Ligure, and the Virginia Center for the Arts, and has received grants from the American Music Center, and the Mellon and Heinz Foundations.

Recent commissions include Nothing hidden that will not be revealed for pianist Vicki Ray, pipers' noise for snare drum(s) and tape for the 10th anniversary of the UGA Performing Arts Center, and a work for four electric guitars for a University of Virginia ensemble.

Currently his compositional preoccupations include the ineradicable memory of early music, frustrated grooves, and experiments with form.

Cole Conservatory Alumnus wins ASCAP award

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is proud to announce that Ryan Brown (B.M. Composition, 2000) has been awarded the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He will begin is Ph.D. studies at Princeton in the fall. Congratulations Ryan!

You can read a nice article about it at the ASCAP foundation here.

July 2008:

CSULB Chamber and University choirs tour Europe June 21-July 4, 2008

The CSULB Chamber Choir and members of the University Choir just returned from a triumphant tour to Italy where they sang Carmina Burana on the Amalfi Coast and in Rome, and the Chamber Choir sang Mass in St. Peters and had a private recital in the Sistine Chapel. Members of the CSULB Choirs have sung in China, Hungary,  Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia over the last 8 years. To see a clip of the choir performing in Rome, please go here:

May 2008:

Cole Conservatory Alumnus wins ASCAP award

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is proud to announce that Ryan Brown (B.M. Composition, 2000) has been awarded the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He will begin is Ph.D. studies at Princeton in the fall. Congratulations Ryan!

You can read a nice article about it at the ASCAP foundation here.

Inaugural Cole Conservatory Festival May 2-12, 2008

Ten Days of Outstanding Musical Performance from the Newly Designated Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach

Vocal Jazz Concert—Fri, May 2 at 8pm at the University Theatre
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Directed by Christine Guter. Featuring our award-winning, internationally acclaimed ensembles: Pacific Standard Time and Jazz & Tonic.

Musika Kharoshaya: An Evening of Russian Chamber Music—Fri, May 2 at 8pm at the Daniel Recital Hall
$10 gen adm $7 disc.
Guest Conductor Sergei Proskourin leads the Cole Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in an evening of music by Russian composers, Igor Beschastniy, Georgiy Sviridov, Dmitri Shoskakovich, and recent CSULB graduate, Alex Sramek.

Caribbean Extravaganza—Sat, May 3 at 2&8pm at the University Theatre
$15 gen adm $10 disc
Directed by Michael Carney. At our annual event, our 30-member Steel Drum Orchestra performs a variety of music from calypso and high-energy up-tempo soca to reggae, and salsa. The concert will also feature a special Brazilian performance by the 25-member World Percussion Group.

Piano Plus!—Sat, May 3 at 4pm at the Daniel Recital Hall
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Directed by Shun-Lin Chou, this varied program features award-winning CSULB piano students in solo, duet/duo, and chamber performances in collaborations with other outstanding CSULB instrumentalists.

Ariapalooza!—Sun, May 4 at 4pm at the Daniel Recital Hall
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Directed by David Anglin, this annual celebration is a favorite for CSULB Opera Institute audiences. After the concert of opera and art song favorites, join the performers for a “potluck” provided by students, faculty and friends to thank our audience for their continued support.

Saxophone Choir—Sun, May 4 at 8pm at the Daniel Recital Hall
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Directed by Jay Mason, the program features works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, Roger Przytulski, and others.

Composer's Guild—Mon, May 5 at 8pm at the Daniel Recital Hall
$10 gen adm $7 disc
The first half of the concert features the Robin Cox Ensemble playing thirty "one-minute wonders"—one-minute works composed by CSULB students. The concert is directed by Carolyn Bremer

Percussion Ensemble—Wed, May 7 at 8pm at the Daniel Recital Hall
$10 gen adm $7 disc
The concert, directed by Dave Gerhart, features work by Frank Zappa, Lou Harrison, Steve Schmidt, David Maslanka, and more.

Wind Symphony / Symphonic Band / Concert Band—Thurs, May 8 at 8pm at the Carpenter Center
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Our internationally-renowned Wind Symphony performs the evocative Ra! by David Dzubay and ballet music from Le Cid by Massenet. Other pieces on the program include Exultate by Samuel Hazo and a musical tribute to Rosa Parks.

Concert Jazz Orchestra—Fri, May 9 at 8pm at the University Theatre
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Last year’s Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, won the University Level Next Generation Jazz Competition, earning a performance spot at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival. This year’s ensemble proves themselves just as strong and swinging.

University Choir & Women's Chorus—Fri, May 9 at 8pm at the First Congregational Church of LB
Free-will offering
The University Choir presents a variety of Choral works, including pieces by J. S. Bach, Darius Milhaud, Johannes Brahms, Lloyd Vick, Sigvald Tveit, Alfred Jansen and William Lovelock. Sean O'Neal is the guest organist. Dr. Leland Vail and Julie Ramsey conduct.

Chamber Choir Concert—Sat, May 10 at 8pm at the Bay Shore Church
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Ain't Got Time to Die, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Joshua Fit the Battle, Down in the River to Pray, Psalm 150, Otsche Nash, and more. The concert will be guest conducted by Charles Bruffy, one of the most admired choral conductors in the United States.

University Symphony Orchestra—Sun, May 11 at 4:30pm at the Carpenter Center
$10 gen adm $7 disc
Directed by Johannes Müller-Stosch. The evening program features Chabrier's España, Respighi's Pines of Rome, and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with special guest artist Martin Chalifour—concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The CSULB College of the Arts and the Department of Music present Cole Conservatory Festival Gala—Monday, May 12 at 7pm at the Carpenter Center
Free Admission, Reservations required and accepted after March 17
A tune-filled sampling of the terrific musical flavors found in our Cole Conservatory concerts—swinging jazz, the sweeping sounds of a full orchestra, favorite standards sung by the best jazz choir in town, award-winning pianists, and a fanfare played by a combined concert band more than 200 players strong.

March 2008:

California State University Long Beach Announces the Creation of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

In Recognition of $16.4 Million Gift and Endowment, CSULB restructures its Music Department

On Friday, March 7, 2008, before a crowd of music students and their supporters, California State University, Long Beach officials announced the largest donation in university history: a $16.4 million gift from the Bob Cole Trust to provide scholarships for student musicians. In recognition of the generosity of the donation, CSULB will seek the permanent naming of the Department of Music as the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at next week’s meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees.

"In establishing the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, we are doing more than recognizing a man for his extraordinary generosity to our university,” President F. King Alexander said. “The conservatory will forever honor a Long Beach businessman who looked to the promising futures of students at our university, and wanted to help them succeed.”

Bob Cole, who died in 2004, was a successful Long Beach real estate entrepreneur for more than 35 years, and the founder of Bob Cole Realty. His innovative thinking led to the development of a lucrative method for trading real estate tax free, and helped propel him to the forefront of the area’s real estate industry. When Mr. Cole was away from the office, playing piano to entertain his family and friends was a lifelong favorite pastime. It was that passion for music that led him to the CSULB College of the Arts and its Department of Music.

The College of the Arts (COTA) at California State University, Long Beach is the largest and most comprehensive publicly-funded school for the arts in the West, with more than 4,200 graduate and undergraduate majors. It includes the Departments of Art, Dance, Design, Film and Electronic Arts, Music, and Theatre Arts, as well as the University Art Museum, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the Center for First Amendment Studies, and the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz.

“The establishment of the Cole Conservatory at Cal State Long Beach will attract the finest students to what is already one of the most respected programs in the country,” said Donald Para, Dean of the College of the Arts. “Bob Cole specifically wanted to ensure an excellent education to the most talented music students, regardless of financial capability. This gift will allow that. We are proud and honored to have been chosen to serve that goal on his behalf.”

Currently, the CSULB Department of Music offers a “real world” education, combining practical and theoretical experiences in Music Performance, Music Education, Music History, and Music Composition and Theory. It is a well-rounded and comprehensive program, with a proven history of excellence and recognition. The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music will continue and expand that tradition. The virtuosity of CSULB music students is already celebrated regularly on a national level: the CSULB Chamber Choir recently made its Carnegie Hall Debut, Pacific Standard Time—CSULB’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble—received a prestigious invitation to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators in Toronto, and the CSULB Concert Jazz Orchestra won the Next Generation Jazz Competition at the University Level, earning a performance spot at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Cole Conservatory evolves from a Music Department with a long tradition of exceptional training for students from all backgrounds, and will now be positioned to further expand those musical and educational opportunities. Part of the mission of the Cole Conservatory will be an increased emphasis on targeted recruitment, identifying those musically-talented, but not college-focused students for whom higher education was not ever considered a possibility. With full-tuition, four-year scholarships available, many young musicians will now have the chance to realize their dreams and fundamentally alter their futures.

John Carnahan, who has served as chair of the Music Department for the past 8 years, has been named the first Director of the Cole Conservatory, effective immediately. “I look forward to the increased exposure and the increased opportunities the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music makes possible for our current and future students,” Carnahan said. “The expanding resources of the Cole Conservatory will allow for growth in touring, recruitment, outreach, and cultural exchanges—already an integral part of the music education offered at Cal State Long Beach.”

Tours throughout California and the nation will aid in recruitment, and in identifying worthy young students who deserve a chance to be a student at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Partnerships with the Long Beach Unified School District will be strengthened, enabling the Cole Conservatory to ensure worthy students in our own “backyard” are identified. International tours will be made more affordable for Conservatory students, through the availability of travel and performance scholarships.

Additionally, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is expected to become a magnet for nationally and internationally recognized master musicians and educators, increasing the quality of musical experiences for all Cole Conservatory students and the surrounding communities.

The Bob Cole Conservatory begins its existence already positioned at the forefront of music education programs in the western United States. Within five years, we believe it will be among the best and most comprehensive undergraduate music programs in the nation.


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