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Miranda Ford and Kelly Muller Alpert Studio of Voice
May 09

Alpert Studio Alum Senior Recital: Miranda Ford

By billalpert | Student News

Pictured: Kelly Muller, Melanie Alpert and Miranda Ford

Congratulations to studio alum Miranda Ford upon the occasion of her Senior Voice Recital in fulfillment of her Bachelor or Arts in Music program at San Jose State University. Miranda performed an outstanding program of art songs, operatic arias and selections from contemporary  musical theatre. A special treat was the closing selection “Who Will Love Me As I Am.” Miranda was joined by studio alum Kelly Muller for the duo. Kudos to all for a wonderful evening!

Miranda will continue her musical education in a teaching credential program at the University of Redlands.  Kelly is preparing for medical school. We know both have an exciting future ahead!


Jul 30

Alpert Studio Graduate Wins National Tour

By billalpert | Student News

Congratulations to Alpert Studio alumna Ms. Maggie Anderson on booking her first national tour! She will be carrying the female lead Jovie in Elf the Musical. If this adorable ball of talent ends up in a city near you, run, don’t walk to see her!  Much love from her teacher Melanie Alpert and the entire studio family!


Mar 27

Studio Vocalists Perform Coast to Coast

By billalpert | Student News , Studio News

Emily Aurangzeb will perform with perform in Carnegie Hall Honor Choir

Emily Aurangzeb will perform with Carnegie Hall Honor Choir

Congratulations to a  Genevieve Ellis and MIranda Ford for being passed on to the semi-final round of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition in San Antonio, Tx! Also congrats go to Miranda for being accepted into the esteemed classical vocal program at Cal State Fullerton! Kudos to Kelly Muller for being passed on to the finals of the SCVA vocal competition and for being cast as Cinderella in Rancho Cucamonga High School’s Cinderella and to Cameron Muller for being cast as the Prince, in the alternate cast. And finally to 11 year old Emily Aurangzeb who will be performing in the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall! Very proud of each and every one!

Sep 30

Alpert Studio Violinists Win Orchestra Posts

By billalpert | Student News , violin

Kudos to two young Alpert Studio violinists who successfully auditioned as violinists for local orchestras!

Eleven year old Jessica Chao won a competitive and coveted seat in the Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra. The orchestra, founded in 1992, is an 80 member full symphony orchestra for the intermediate level orchestral player ages 9 to 17. The repertoire last season included original compositions such as Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, John Henry by Copland, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg.

Violinist Sarah Pastor successfully auditioned for an assistant principal chair in the Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra. During the 2011-12 season, the CYSO was composed of 60 students ranging in age from 9 to 21 (fourth grade through college). Members represented 31 different schools in 16 communities: Claremont, Alta Loma, Baldwin Park, Chino, Chino Hills, Corona, Covina, Diamond Bar, Glendora, Hacienda Heights, La Verne, Loma Linda, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland.

Congratulations are due to both Sarah and Jessica. Be sure to support them by attending their orchestra performances at Bridges Hall in Claremont.

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!

Aug 18

Studio Student Megan Holiday: On-Air Radio Personality Extraordinaire

By billalpert | Student News , Studio News , voice

Sometimes voice lessons are more than about singing. Such is the case of studio student Megan Holiday whose warm and resonant speaking voice captured the attention of radio station KITS-FM, in San Francisco. Megan is an nightly on-air personality for this top CBS radio station in the Bay Area market.

Here’s her live interview with Coldplay, one of the world’s best-selling bands. Coldplay has sold over 55 million records worldwide. Hear band leader Chris Martin compliment Megan on her voice in the opening moments of the interview! (audio player below)

Megan is still highly interested in performing as a singer. Stay tuned, as I’m sure we’ll be hearing great things from this talented young artist soon! In the mean time, you can follow her work here. She’s on-air daily from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Kudos to Megan; we’re very proud of her accomplishments!

Jun 18

Alpert Studio at Great American Songbook Finals with Michael Feinstein

By billalpert | Reviews , Student News , Studio News

Photos:Mark Alan Lee

Congratulations to Genevieve Ellis and Kelly Muller who were recently honored to participate in the Great American Songbook Vocal Academy and Competition. Kelly and Genevieve were national finalists in the competition, and as such were guided in a master class by Michael Feinstein and Sandi Patty.

Excerpted from Read full article here.

Taking center stage in front again to sing such songs as “Old Devil Moon” (Nick Angel), “All Right By Me” (Eleri Ward), “That’s Life” (Jared Wells), “The Nearness of You” (Tony Ponella), “Blue Skies” (Sage Melcher), “What a Wonderful World,” (Tori Anna), “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life “ (Jillian Slade), “All of Me” (Nick Ziobro), “But Not For Me” (Kelly Ward) and “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun” (Genevieve Ellis), the vocalists were guided in a master class by Michael Feinstein and Sandi Patty.

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!

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