FROM THE VOCAL STUDIO by Melanie Alpert

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Oct 31

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Welcome to our blog site! We are really excited to have this new addition, so we can tell you what?ǨѢs going on in and out of the studio. There will be news, important dates for recitals, competitions, auditions, concerts, etc. I’ll start with an overview of 2005/2006 and the accomplishments of you, my wonderful students. Now, I?ǨѢm doing this from memory, so forgive me if I?ǨѢve left something or someone out. Please make sure you let me know what you are up to, and I will try to include it in my quarterly review!

2005/2006 in the Alpert Studio: It was a busy year, in October the Chaffey Joint Union High School District Solofest was held. We were well represented in the winner?ǨѢs circle. Nicole Larson took Honorable Mention in the Musical Theater category. Sarah Jackson took third place and Kari Kennedy won first place in the Classical division. Later that month several students participated in the Intimate Opera Vocal Competition. Representing the studio, were Amanda Workman, winner upper division, Brandon Alpert, Third Place middle division and Mercedes Machado, Third Place lower division and Maggie Anderson, finalist lower division. Another competition, the Professional Opera Singers Association was held in early December. You had to submit a recording to qualify and all of my students passed the first qualifying round. Gabi Martinez, Daniella Samuel, Brandon Alpert and Amanda Workman all advanced to the semi-finals. Brandon was unable to attend but Daniella and Amanda were among only four finalists in the upper division. Amanda took second place. Just before the Holidays, we had our winter recital and it went splendidly. I was so proud of every one. Shortly after the Christmas we received a call from the Spotlight competition and were informed that Brandon was one of the fifteen semi-finalists chosen out of a field of 380 students! In early January, the competition sponsored a Master Class with the Broadway star Karen Marrow. Brandon and I really enjoyed her interaction with the students and felt she offered plenty of sage advice. With hardly a breath, the SCVA competition was upon us, also in January. Gabi Martinez and Maggie Anderson advanced to the semi-final round. Maggie was the first one to sing at nine o?ǨѢclock in the morning in SANTA MONICA! Yikes!!! They both said it was a great experience but an extremely long day. Well, that?ǨѢs SCVA! February brought the final round of the Spotlight competition, and while Brandon was not selected as one of the two finalists, he felt he sang well. His comments from the judges were wonderful and even his competitors complemented him on his performance! He felt the entire experience was a valuable one and encourages everyone who is prepared to participate. Somewhere in February, I think, was the Grove?ǨѢs Children?ǨѢs Theater Production of Pinocchio. It featured Kari Kennedy and McKenzie Orr. In March the performing troupe Broadway Experience presented it?ǨѢs first musical, Once On This Island, at the Candlelight Pavilion. I had the pleasure of being Music Director and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a lot of hard work for several months, but the outcome was FABULOUS!!! Featured from the studio were, Maggie Anderson, Sarah Hinrichsen, Sarah Jackson, Marlow Hooper, Ashley Blackwell, Frankie Libuti, Meagan Watkins, Alex Calentine, Michael Sturgis and Kaitlyn and McKenzie Orr They all sang, danced and acted like pros! I don?ǨѢt quite remember if it was March or April, but the City of Rancho Cucamonga presented Rodgers and Hammerstein?ǨѢs Oklahoma. Participating from the studio were Lindsey Rupp, Gabi Martinez and Daniella Samuel who had the lead role of Laurie. In early April, the San Bernardino County Solofest competition was held. In the upper division, Kari Kennedy was selected as a finalist and in the lower division; Sarah Hinrichsen and Mercedes Machado were selected with Mercedes winning1st place! My mind gets a little fuzzy around the end of April and beginning of May. It was a busy and sad time for me. As all of you know, my amazing mother passed away on April 18th. She had not been well for some time, but it is still a shock to your system when you lose someone you love so much. When she was healthy, she was such a vibrant and active human being. I will miss her love, her friendship, and mostly, her wit and humor. Thanks to all of you for the food, the cards, and the thoughts and prayers. You don?ǨѢt know how much I appreciated it. The end of the school year was again hectic with many things going on. I was occupied with my school shows, Broadway Experience, rehearsals for Candlelight Pavilion?ǨѢs Cinderella and of course private teaching. It was a good time to be busy. At the end of the month, the John Child Walker vocal competition was held and we swept the entire thing. Amanda Workman took first place, Brandon Alpert took second and Sarah Jackson took third. Lindsey Rupp and Kari Kennedy also competed and though they didn?ǨѢt place, they received wonderful comments from the judges. Though summer was now upon us many didn?ǨѢt get much of a break. Nicole Larson, Brandon Alpert, Maggie Anderson, Sarah Hinrichsen, Sarah Jackson, Ashley Blackwell, Frankie Libuti, Michael Sturgis, Kaitlyn and McKenzie Orr were all featured in Candlelight Pavilion?ǨѢs Cinderella. It was a six week run and kept them all hopping! Other productions going on in the summer featured Gabi Martinez in Beauty and the Beast, and Angie Harold in the Karousel Kids You?ǨѢre a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I think that about brings us up to date. Congratulations to all of you who graduated and are now off to college. Please email me things that you are doing, I am going to have an alumni section of this newsletter where you can keep me informed of what you are doing! I hope all you keep in touch!

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Elvira Machado

Congratulations to all the vocalists!
Melanie, I love the website. You are such an inspiration to us all and it is through your coaching and dedication that all the students advance and develop their talents. Thanks for all you do. We think you are the BEST!!!

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Jacqui Anderson

What a wonderful trip down memory lane!(Was that really just one year?)
Bravo to all the students and thank you, Melanie, for sharing your gift of teaching and your love for music with us all. I love this site!!

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