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Mar 09

Spring Break

By billalpert | Student News , violin , voice

Just a reminder for all students, voice and violin:

No lessons will be held between March 22-27. This is our studio’s Spring Break week. Lessons will resume according to normal schedule on March 29!

Happy Spring to the entire Studio Family!

Dec 07

Winter Recital

By billalpert | Events , Student News , violin , voice

Alpert Studio Recital photo Alpert Studio recital participants (photo: Deb Tracey Photography)

Colds, flu and busy performance schedules notwithstanding, it was standing room only at the Alpert Studio Winter Recital, held on December 5.

Bill and Melanie wish to congratulate each and every performer on a job well done. Also, a heartfelt thanks our extended studio family for all the support and the incredible turnout. This recital witnessed tremendous musical and personal growth throughout the studio!

Best wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Oct 17

Recital Date and Student News

By billalpert | Events , Student News , Studio News

The Alpert Studio recital will be held on Saturday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Studio Recital:
Saturday, December 5 • 4:00 p.m.
Studio Performance Facility

Rehearsal with pianist will be held at the same site on Friday, December 4 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Students will be assigned an individual rehearsal slot in advance.

All students are expected to participate in the recital, and support fellow students by remaining present during the entire event.

Amanda Workman performs in The Magic Flute

Studio alum Amanda Workman is performing in the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Riverside Lyric Opera. Tickets and information here. Support Amanda and live opera close to home by attending this event.

Jul 14

A Month of Many Performances

By Melanie Alpert | Student News , Studio News

A hearty congratulations to all studio students who are performing at a variety of venues during this month. Leanna Arredondo made a debut performance in the title character and Evan Weinmeister was a featured perfomer in the Karousel Kids production of Annie.

Kaitlin Orr, MacKenzie Orr, Angie Harold, Zach Jacobsen and Scotty Jacobsen are featured in the Citrus College Conservatory performance of Footloose.

Appearing in the Broadway Experience production of Bye Bye Birdie (a project dear to my heart, as I am the music director), are Ariel Fazekas, Laura Musquez, Miranda Ford. Elysee Carenno, Ian Hewitt, Zeke Gonzalez, Michael Vandie, Gabi Ensil, Sabrina Bertic, David Nicholson, Marissa Henkel, Hanna Meisser, Sarah Hinrichesen, Maggie Anderson, Sarah Jackson, Michael Sturgis, Cesar Quintero, Darrah Carattini-Garcia, Chris Small and Brandon Alpert. The production opens on July 24. Additional information can be found here.

Jun 05

Inland Idol Update

By billalpert | Events , Student News

Update: A hearty round of congratulations to eleven year old Genevieve Ellis (who recently participated along with 30 other finalists) in the Inland Idol competition last Sunday. Genevieve advanced through a field of some 600 performers, aged 7-18 who entered the competition and took second place in her age category. Kudos, Genevieve.

Jan 31

An exciting February

By billalpert | Events , Student News , Studio News , voice

February 3 Ariel Fazekas will be performing with the Pioneer Jr. High Choir at Disneyland.

February 5,6,7David Nicholson will be featured in the Upland High School Production of The Fantasticks. Performances at 7:30 p.m.

February 13 – Broadway Experience performs at Disneyland

Friday, Saturday Sunday, Feb 20-22 – Honk Jr. the Musical Dessert Theater presented by Broadway Experience. Show times: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. Limited seating. Directed by Bonnie Kovar, Musical Direction by Brandon Alpert and Choreography by Cesar Quintero.
Tickets available in advance at Theatre Company.

February 26-27 – Los Osos High School’s Broadway Nights featuring Sarah Jackson, Maggie Anderson and Marissa Henkel. Tickets available at the box office and presale from students.

February 27-28, March 1 – Lindsay Rupp will perform Citrus College Musical Theater Workshop’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Coming in March:

March 7 – Alpert Studio Students field trip to see the Met production of Madame Butterfly in live HD at one of our local theaters. Stay tuned for details.

Please remember to come out and support your fellow studio students in their performing endeavors.

Jan 06

Studio student at 2009 Rose Parade

By billalpert | Events , Student News , violin , voice

Hannah Meisser sings at 2009 Rose Parade
Hannah Meisser (right) sings at this year’s Rose Parade.

Sesame Street float at 2009 Rose Parade, Pasadena, Ca
Hannah’s float won the President’s Trophy!

A gorgeous New Year’s day in Pasadena marked the first appearance of an Alpert Studio student in the illustrious Rose Parade. Student Hannah Meisser was selected to perform on the Sesame Street themed float sponsored by NAMM, the trade association of the music industry. The float also featured a violinist (not a common sight at the Rose Parade!) and was followed by the impressive Bands of America Honor Band.

Congrats to Hannah, on being selected for this honor. And Happy New Year to all!

Jul 20

Beast Takes Rancho by Storm

By billalpert | Reviews , Student News

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Full company sings “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Musical direction by Melanie Alpert

Cesar Quintero
as Lumiere with Can Can dancers.

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Studio alum Taylor Pearson as Darque in Maison des Lune

Congratulations to all studio students who participated in the Broadway Experience/Los Osos High School production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. What a rousing success! This production broke all attendance records and raised the bar for community based musical theater in Southern California.

Jun 11

Studio Recital photos

By billalpert | Events , Student News , violin , voice

Alpert Studio Recital, June 2008
Photo courtesy: Deb Tracey Photography

Congrats to the over 30 studio students who performed at the June 7th recital. It was an exciting afternoon in a packed full recital hall. Of special note are the following students who made their very first recital performance, Faith Ferry, John Ferry, Marylou Ferry and Zachary Rustenburg in violin and Marissa Henkel, Zeke Gonzalez, Eryn Moore and David Mao in voice.

Senior students performing were Cesar Quintero and Gabi Martinez in voice. Gabi will be attending Oberin Conservatory of music in the Fall, and Cesar is planning on attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. Kudos to all of our performers!

Alpert Studio Recital Photo
Cesar Quintero making Mozart’s Dalla sua pace sound easy

Alpert Studio Recital Photo
Relaxing after a job well done (from left): Sarah Hinrichsen, Michael Sturgis, Sarah Jackson, Cesar Quintero, Maggie Anderson and Kaitlin Orr.

May 27

Big Weekend for the Studio

By billalpert | Events , Student News , voice

Brandon Alpert and Dawnn Lewis

Brandon Alpert, backing Dawnn Lewis in Norman’s Ark, Ford Amphitheater

Studio graduates Taylor Pearson and Brandon Alpert made a professional appearance in the new musical Norman’s Ark, currently running nightly at the Ford Amphitheater from May 27 to June 8. It’s a modern retelling of the Noah’s Ark story suitable for the entire family. We caught a sneak preview and thoroughly enjoyed the production. We highly recommend it! For information and tickets visit the Ford Amphitheater website. There’s a bit of background on the show on my last blog entry. Also, here’s an LA Times article about the show.

Congratulations to Daniella Samuel on being cast in the part of Wendy Darling in the Candelight Pavillion’s production of Peter Pan, running July 12 – August 17. For information and tickets, visit the venue website.


Pictured from left, Sarah Jackson, Cesar Quintero, Melanie Alpert, Mercedes Machado
Back row: Michael Sturgis, Kathryn McGuire

The Alpert Studio swept the vocal division of the 2008 John Child Walker Competition, held last weekend at Bridges Hall of Music, Claremont.

First place winner in lower division was Mercedes Machado, with Michael Sturgis taking second place. In the upper division, Sarah Jackson placed third, Kathryn McGuire took second and Cesar Quintero captured the first place prize. Congratulations to you all; you’ve made us proud once again!