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Aug 12

Studio Graduate Cast in National Tour

By BY02RDDc5C | Studio News

Genevieve Ellis cast in National Tour of Les Miz
Genevieve Ellis

Studio graduate Genevieve Ellis has been cast in the 2022 National Tour of Les Miserable. Ms Ellis writes:

I am joining the 2022 National Tour of Les Misérables as Ensemble u/s Fantine. As a non-union, non-represented actress, I didn’t even think my self-tape would be watched. I grew up singing these songs and loving this story, and I am truly just so honored and grateful to be a part of this incredible team. In the meantime, I’ll keep working on overcoming my imposter syndrome, and trust that I was asked to be here for a reason and because I am ready. I’m ready! Let’s do a Broadway national tour!

We are thrilled and proud of Genevieve’s accomplishments. Look for a bright future for this studio graduate!

Melanie Alpert and Katherine Konjoyan
Mar 22

Mamma Mia! Hits Morro Bay

By billalpert | Studio News

Melanie Alpert and Studio Student Katherine Konjoyan

A shout out to Morro Bay Theater Arts for an impressive run of the hit musical Mamma Mia. The energetic cast includes Alpert Studio student Katherine Konjoyan performing in her second such musical production at the the school. This now classic Broadway musical represents a formidable challenge. This fast moving and enjoyable production is a tribute to the efforts of cast, crew and their teachers.  Kudos to all!

Mar 10

Los Osos Middle School Features Alpert Studio Students

By billalpert | Studio News

Katherine Konjoyan, Melanie Alpert, Campbell Ellery

Katherine Konjoyan and Campbell Ellery with their voice teacher, Melanie Alpert

Witches and monkeys were flying at Los Osos Middle School’s March 2017 musical theater production. The school’s Drama Club offered up a lively, entertaining and even touching evening of entertainment. Congratulations to studio students Katherine Konjoyan and Campbell Ellery who wonderfully anchored the opening and closing songs of the evening. Kudos to Director Lynnly Sainsbury, Music Director Carrie Jones, and accompanist Allison Lewis. Students were well prepared, sets were beautiful as the evening went off without a hitch! So nice to see such a polished effort in our quiet little town!

Sep 15

Featured Student: Jaime Martinez

By billalpert | Student Videos , Studio News

Jamie Martinez, at age 11 makes his first singing video after only six weeks of singing lessons at The Alpert Studio. Here he is performing “Waiting for the Light to Shine” by Roger Miller. Jaime is son of Delilah and Juan Martinez, Morro Bay, CA residents. Congratulations to the entire family for work well done! Look for some great singing in Jaime’s future!

Aug 29

In Memoriam: Roger Samuel

By billalpert | Studio News

We have just learned that well known Inland Empire conductor and music educator Roger Samuel has passed away after a long illness. He has influenced countless young musicians over decades, most famously as conductor of the CYMO and Intermezzo orchestras. Our condolences to his family and to the many students who have benefited from his kind leadership.

Dec 21

Happy Holidays from the Alpert Studio

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal , Studio News

It’s our first Christmas on the Central Coast! We’re thrilled to bring music lessons to Morro Bay, Los Osos, Cayucos and all of San Luis Obispo County!

For our violin and singing students: No lessons the week of December 21 and December 28. Lessons resume as normal on the week of January 4.

Enjoy your holiday! We’ll see you in 2015!

Thinking about Singing Lessons? New violin under the tree?
If you’re looking for “singing lessons near me” or “violin lessons near me” were currently enrolling for the 2015 term. Call the studio at 805-254-2704 for more information!

Sep 01

Violin Class in Morro Bay – Afternoon Session Added

By billalpert | Studio News

by Bill Alpert

In conjunction with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and the San Luis Coastal Unified School district, I am pleased to offer a new violin class in Morro Bay. It’s an exciting opportunity for all central coast violin students in grades 3-6. Classes will meet :

Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Del Mar Elementary School, beginning on October 7.

Though the class is designed for beginners, it is also great for students who have played in the past but would like a refresher.

I created a 3 minute video for potential students, which may be viewed below. Also visit this page for registration information.

Instrument Check Out Day – Saturday Sept. 27.
The San Luis Obispo Symphony Strings in the Schools program has a limited number of low cost rental violins. Due to large demand, the Symphony is unable to accommodate all Strings in the Schools students with instruments. We highly recommend using the online options such as Shar Music orAntonio Violin with rentals beginning at just $15 a month.

Contact the Symphony’s Music Education Director,  Andrea Castillo for additional information about registration and instrument rentals:  (805) 543-3533, Ext. #583

Morro Bay Class Updates
For families interested in the Morro Bay / Del Mar School Class, please add your name to our e-mail list (below) to be updated about the latest class information.

There is a $375 tuition fee, which covers the entire year of instruction.  The Symphony is offering some scholarships for families in need of assistance. An application is available below:
SLO Strings in the Schools Scholarship Application



Jul 13

Why Study a Musical Instrument?

By billalpert | Studio News

How a violin practice transforms your life.
(this article first appeared at

1. Learning how to truly master specific skills leads to a fulfilled life.
2. Motions and actions are how you shape your basic approach to the instrument. Using simplicity, ease and mastery moves you through life gracefully.
3. Practice is defining specific goals. Defining. Specific. Constant clarity.
4. Practice strategies are the pathway to your mastery. Thus choosing work that matters and doing that work mindfully, will produce a high quality result.
5. Performing is creating work that is important to other people. Like sales and marketing hinges on understanding others interests, problems and aspirations.
6. Performing is also facing up to your challenges. Life presents us with such challenges on a regular basis.
7. Choosing the violin (or any instrument) teaches you to define and implement large projects.

The violin or any instrument becomes transformational when (and only when) you approach it from this larger perspective.

If you’re in it just to learn a couple of songs, that’s OK too. Just don’t expect any more than a quick diversion.

The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin in Morro Bay, CA
May 20

Studio Relocates to Central Coast

By billalpert | Studio News

Effective June 2014, The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin is relocating to the beautiful City of Morro Bay in the central coast of California.

We will soon be offering voice and violin lessons to students in the San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and surrounding central coast area.

For more information, or to be notified of openings please visit our contact page.

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