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Bill Alpert at the Hollywood Bowl
Apr 20

The Joy of Performing

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal , Events

One of the joys of being a musician is the ability to be part of a special experience for a live audience. Today’s Easter Service at the Hollywood Bowl was such an occasion for me. Sharing your music with 15,000 people at once may not happen every day, but when it does, it’s a unique thrill. And yes, performing can be stressful to be sure, but the transcendent moments when you’re truly in the zone, are the moments your remember.

Whether you are performing for thousands or just for a few friends, whether you’re paid for your work, or just performing for the love of it, being that musician in the center of a live performance is unlike anything else in day to day life.

Most of all, as a performer and a teacher it is an honor and privilege to be able to share great music with others. I always hope that my audience (and my students) understand the motive and spirit behind what I do. Music is transformative in every sense of the word. When all is said and done, making the world more beautiful is the ultimate legacy for a true musician of any level, age, or genre. It is our reason for being.

Local Violin Lessons, San Luis Obispo
Mar 23

2014 Violin Graduates

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , violin

2014 Graduation at Zipper Hall, from left, Maya Rustenburg, Sophie Peltz and Benjamin Wong

2014 Graduation at Zipper Hall, from left, Maya Rustenburg, Sophie Peltz and Benjamin Wong

These three beauties received recognition for their first ever violin graduation at Zipper Hall, Los Angeles today. From left, Maya Rustenburg, Sophie Peltz and Benjamin Wong. Also (not present) Jessica Chao was one of only two graduates in Southern California to be recognized for completing Volume 7 of the Suzuki rep, performing the Bach A minor concerto. Hearty congrats to all four Alpert Studio of Violin 2014 graduates!

Aug 08

New Class Sept. 2013: Violin Motions and Notions

By billalpert | Events , Studio News

alpert studio group violin class

The Alpert Studio of Violin is pleased to offer a new learning opportunity for violin beginners, age 5 – 11.

  • Weekly lessons delivered online. You can learn, practice, review with unlimited access.
  • Monthly in-person group lessons from a qualified, Suzuki certified instructor
  • Direct access to your instructor for support, or if you get stuck
  • Live performance opportunities.
  • A parent can enroll free and is encouraged to do so!
  • Monthly tuition only $60 (or $300 for six months.)

If your child is interested in violin, Motions and Notions is a great opportunity for families who want an enjoyable, low stress yet comprehensive introduction to the violin. Our super-organized lesson plans will make practicing a breeze,  enjoyable for student and parent alike. Monthly in studio meetings are held to reinforce those lessons, and make sure your child is getting off to a great start.

Violin Motions and Notions is unlike any other online violin program, because you get direct access and support from a qualified instructor.

First class meeting in September 2013 • Enroll now to ensure your spot. Participation will be limited to ensure a quality experience.


May 12

Studio Recital Reminder and Vocal Studio Summer Schedule

By billalpert | Events

The Spring/Summer Recital will be held on Saturday June 8th, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall. Rehearsal with piano will be held on Friday June 7th starting at 4:30, the Recital Hall. (times will be assigned).

Voice schedule for May and June as well as Summer Break:

There will be no lessons the week of May 20th through Memorial Day (my son Brandon is home!!!). Lessons will resume Tues. May 28th and continue this year until Thurs. June 27th. I would encourage all of you who are available, to continue your study through as much of the summer as possible. To progress you need to reinforce what you are learning on a daily basis and sometimes nothing can do more damage than taking two full months off from singing/practice. Please seriously consider this fact when planning your summer schedule.
If you have a conflict or vacation before this time, please let me know as soon as possible.

Vocal Studio Summer Break 

Our summer break will begin on Monday July 1st and voice lessons will resume Monday August 5th.

I know with the many different school districts I deal with, your particular break may be different. I would just ask that you contact me as soon as you know your summer and beginning of school schedule to see if you will be available for these dates. It is always tricky scheduling your days and times so first come first served.

See you soon,
Melanie Alpert
p.s. A separate summer schedule for violin students will be posted soon!
Dec 02

Violin Schedule for December

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , violin , voice

Happy Holidays from the Alpert Studio

Photo: A. Bloom (click to enlarge)


Violin students: our work for the year isn’t over quite yet!

Violin Lessons will continue through December 14th. There will be no lessons between December 15 and January 4. Lessons will resume according to normal schedule on January 7, 2013.

Please remember that this is my normal December teaching schedule; regular tuition applies for December, as your annual tuition is simply divided into 12 monthly payments.

Congratulations to all our violinists and singers on a wonderful recital performance! Remember to share your talents and continue to sing and play through the holiday season.

Happy Holidays to the entire student family!

Oct 18

Soprano Meets Cello

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , voice

Melanie Alpert sings at Cellopera event with John Walz in Pasadena

CellOpera concert – Oct. 27 – 8:00 p.m.

What do celebrated cellist John Walz, the Alpert Studio and the world of opera have in common? Well, for one, Mr. Walz is a lifelong friend of the Alpert family, is principal cellist of the LA Opera and is an almost fanatical devotee of the operatic stage!

On October 27, Melanie Alpert, soprano and Larry Kaplan, flutist, will join Mr. Walz for Cellopera: A Night at the Opera. It will surely be a memorable evening for anyone who loves the cello or operatic song. Pianist Edie Orloff will accompany this stellar cast of performers.

Please join us for a wonderful evening. The event will be held at 8 p.m. at Boston Court, in Pasadena. Ticket information can be found here. Use discount code Cello to receive a $5 savings on your tickets.

Aug 27

Alpert Studio Students at Great American Songbook Competition Finals

By billalpert | Events , Student News , voice

Direct from the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana here’s live performance video from Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Competition’s National finals. We’re very proud to share these performances of two Alpert Studio Students, Kelly Muller and Genevieve Ellis. This live concert represents the culmination of week long coaching and master class sessions led my local and national celebrities.

Both students are in the vocal studio of Melanie Alpert and also participated in studio acting workshops led by Brandon Alpert and Danny Gurwin.

The Great American Songbook Vocal Academy & Competition began in 2009, and is the only competition in the United States based solely on music from Broadway, Hollywood musicals and the Tin Pan Alley era of the early to mid-twentieth century.

Students from across the country participate in a competitive audition process for the chance to attend 2-day regional academies and competitions. Winners from these regional events will travel to the Indianapolis area for a five-day comprehensive “boot-camp” on interpreting and performing the music of the Great American Songbook. Led by local and national celebrity performers and professionals, workshops will cover topics ranging from breathing and microphone techniques to one-on-one coaching and master-classes. The classes are intended to prepare finalists for the Final Competition performance at the Palladium in Carmel, IN when each student performs two songs and the top three winners will be announced.

Congratulations to Genevieve and Kelly for representing the Western US Region, as well as the Studio, in such great style!

May 20

Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook National Finalists from Alpert Studio

By billalpert | Events , Student News , Studio News

Wow! Kudos to two of our young students who won coveted spots in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Vocal Academy and competition. Pictured are Kelly Muller, their voice teacher Melanie Alpert, Genevieve Ellis, and acting coach Brandon Alpert.

Across the nation, Genevieve and Kelly are two of only ten high school students selected to win a trip to Indiana for a vocal academy and final competition. Have a great time, young ladies. We’re proud of you!

Apr 29

Recital, Summer and Vocal Student May Schedule Announced

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , violin , voice

Alpert Studio Spring 2012 Recital 

Saturday June 9 at 5:30 p.m. (rehearsal June 8 approx. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)

 for this year’s recital will be on Friday June 8. The rehearsal will start approximately around 4:30 at the recital hall and we hope to finish up around 6:30ish. You will be given a rehearsal time slot at your lesson this week.
NEW LOCATION: Rehearsal and Performance will be held at 10722 Arrow Route, Suite 616; directions and map may be found here: 

The new location is about 100 yards east of our Suite 102 Studio, in Suite 616

Voice Students:
There is a $35 ($45 for siblings) recital fee due to Melanie on Friday. Again everyone is required to participate in the recital unless you have just recently started lessons or do not have a song polished up and ready to go.
Voice Student Music Preparation:
You are responsible to bring your music to the rehearsal and recital. All music is to be taped back to back, 3 hole punched and put in a binder. If you use plastic sleeves, please use the non glare variety.

All students:

Recital seating is limited; if possible include family members only. Try to support your fellow students by remaining for the entire program, however if you must leave early, please choose seating at the back of the room and leave during breaks or applause.
Appropriate dress: dressy casual/party. No jeans or flip flops, please.
Voice Student May Schedule

Because of my school schedule, there will be no lessons on Wednesday May 9th and Thursday May 10 as well as Memorial Day Monday May 28th. Please be aware of these changes if you are paying for the month in advance.


Violin Student Summer Break Schedule
Our Summer break will be between July 2 -13. No lessons will be taught during this period. Regularly scheduled lessons will resume on July 16.

Voice Student Summer Break Schedule
Our Summer break will be between June 25 and August 3. No lessons will be taught during this period. Regularly scheduled lessons will resume on August 6.

Bill, Melanie and Brandon Alpert
P. S. Please remember or recital location has moved 100 years east to Suite 616!
Oct 02

Studio Recital Announced

By billalpert | Events , Student News , Studio News

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Mark your calendars!

The Alpert Studio 2011 Winter Recital will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. All voice and violin students are required to participate.

Recital Rehearsal (with piano) will be held on Friday, December 2nd in the late afternoon. Rehearsal time slots will be assigned at your most convenient option possible.

Let’s all prepare for a wonderful and enjoyable event, in a fun and supportive environment. So polish up your song and get ready to perform!

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