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Apr 15

Alpert Studio at the Solofest

By billalpert | Studio News , violin , voice

Lissette Garrido

Lissette Garrido, winner intermediate voice

Five Alpert Studio students participated in the 2012 San Bernardino County Music Educators Solofest this year. Kudos to violinists, Zachary Rustenburg, Erin Sun and Sarah Pastor, as well as singers Jordana Rico, and Lissette Garrido for their beautifully polished performances at the event. Lissette, Erin and Jordana were selected to participate in the event finals on April 14.

Jordana Rico

Jordana Rico, finalist: elementary voice

Erin was selected as winner of her category, instrumental middle school, as was Lissette for the middle school vocalist category.

Erin Sun, Violin

Erin Sun, Winner, Intermediate Violin

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this event!

Mar 05

Alpert Studio at the Great American Songbook Competition

By billalpert | Studio News , voice

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Update: Both Genevieve Ellis and Kelly Muller were selected as 2 of 10 western regional finalists for the event, scheduled for May 19, at CSU Northridge. They were chosen from a field of over 100 participants.

Kudos to studio students Genevieve Ellis, Kelly Muller, Mackenzie Rich, Mikayla McGarvey, Michael Vandie and Miranda Ford all of whom were selected to participate in the Great American Songbook Competition, sponsored by Michael Feinstein and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Genevieve Ellis

Genevieve Ellis appearing in "Once on this Island"

Let’s wish them best of luck as they submit their recorded entries for consideration in this prestigious national competition. We had a splendid recording session and are very proud of the hard work each and accomplishments of each of these outstanding young singers.

Jan 08

Voice Student Reminder

By billalpert | Studio News , voice

Dear Voice Student and Family: Happy New Year!

Just a reminder that voice lessons resume as scheduled starting this week, on Monday, January 9.

Looking forward to seeing all of you and making this an exciting and productive year!

Wednesday Voice Students Only:
If you are paying for the month in advance, please be aware that there will be no lessons on Wednesday, January 25.

See you soon,

-Melanie Alpert

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!

Sep 08

Don’t Just Sing! is back

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , voice

The Alpert Studio is proud to present “Don’t Just Sing, Say Something,” for Fall 2011!

We are once again excited and honored to feature the amazing, gifted Broadway performer and master teacher Danny Gurwin. Brandon Alpert will co-teach the class, adding his insight and skills gleaned from the best in the business. Students will receive one-on-one attention while honing a personally selected audition piece!

This will be a 6 week session beginning on Monday, September 26, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30pm. The Monday night sessions will culminate with an exciting Cabaret performance featuring all the participants on Saturday, Nov. 12. All classes are held at The Alpert Studio Recital Hall. If you attended the last Cabaret, then you know how enjoyable and special this experience was!

All class sessions are on Monday nights between Sept 26 and Nov 7 at 6:30 p.m. (no class 10/31 Halloween)

The cost is a very reasonable $160. This time we are offering the ability to pay by credit card as well as check or cash. Alpert Studio students split payments into two $80 installments with first payment due at the opening class and final payment due no later than the fourth class. We are now offering online registration, with payment by credit card.

I have seen truly unbelievable growth in all students who have participated in this program. With auditions and competition season upon us soon, this is just the kind of class students need to develop, sharpen and improve skills. If you’re 12- 24 (we are now accepting 12 year olds!) and want to perform, I strongly urge you to be part of the class!

–Melanie Alpert

P.S. Due to the one-on-one instruction in this class, registration must be strictly limited; to claim your spot please sign up immediately!

To register by e-mail (and pay by cash/check)

Click here
and include following information:

Your Name:
Contact Phone:
E-Mail address:
Mailing Address:
Name(s) and Age(s) of Students Registering

To register and pay using your Visa/MC/Amex:

Thanks, and see you at Don’t Just Sing, v3!

Apr 09

Alpert Studio at 2011 Solofest Competition

By billalpert | Studio News , violin , voice

Alpert studio solofest, Jessica Chao, Kelly Muller, Kensey Petschow
Jessica Chao, Kelly Muller, Kensey Petschow at Solofest 2011

A heart round of congratulations to Alpert Studio Students Jessica Chao (violin), Kelly Muller and Kensey Petschow (voice) who each won their respective divisions at the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association Solofest Competition. Accomplished students Lissette Garrido and Miranda Ford also participated in the event. We’re proud of their accomplishments and their dedication to musical art.

The studio wishes to thank the SBCMEA, the event adjudicators and the Cal State University Music Department for sponsoring this worthwhile event. A special thank you to pianist and accompanist Janet Noll for her untiring support of our students. Kudos to all for a job well done!

Kelly Muller, Alpert Studio, Solofest
Kelly Muller Performs

Mar 06

Don’t Just Sing; Say Something – New 8 Week Session & Cabaret

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , voice

Expanded by popular Demand: Eight Week Session and Cabaret Performance

Led by Brandon Alpert and Broadway’s Danny Gurwin – presented by The Alpert Studio

March 28 – May 16, 2011 •  Eight Monday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot: Click here to contact The Alpert Studio Please specify name(s), age of student(s), name of an adult responsible party, and contact phone.

The magic ingredient that will unlock your ability to interpret a song successfully, and perform it in a way you never imagined before.

You may have already honed your audition technique, and found the perfect cuts for your material. Now it’s time to flex those acting muscles and take on the challenge of successfully selling an entire piece of music, and make it completely yours. Whether you are joining us again, or this is your first step into our classroom, there is simply no way you can miss this unique and invaluable opportunity.

As a special bonus, the last in this series of eight sessions is a cabaret performance, open to friends and family, where you will get to show off what you have learned: performing your individual selection, and participating in an exciting group number.

Participation will be strictly limited, and on a first come basis. Enroll Now to Reserve Your Spot.

To reserve your spot: Click here to contact The Alpert Studio Please specify name(s), age of student(s), name of an adult responsible party, and contact phone.

Who Should Attend:

If you are between 13-25 years old, and serious about joining the competitive and rewarding world of musical theater, this eight week session will give you all the tools (and songs) you need to book the job. You will explore the world of song interpretation in depth, with a strong focus on the fundamentals of acting a song.

We are honored to feature Broadway star Danny Gurwin who will lead three master class sessions. Performers will have the opportunity to work at every session with pianist and accompanist Janet Noll.


$180 per student, plus $20 materials fee • $100 per additional student (siblings only), due at the first session



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A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Brandon is a busy performer and teacher, working all over Southern California.  He has appeared in over 20 productions, including most recently, “RENT”, and “Urinetown”.  He recently signed with Buchwald Talent Group, one of the finest agencies in the entertainment business. He recently was accepted to join the  world  renowned acting studio of John Kirby, an acting coach with clients such as Jeff Bridges, Colin Farell and Denzel Washington. Recently, Brandon attended the Making it On Broadway Intensive, and was a part of National Teachers of Singing Conference in Salt Lake City. He recently was nominated for an ITL award for his portrayal of Mark in Rent.

“ Brandon, brings life and love to his character and also has a truly beautiful voice” – Darcie Flanburg

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Danny Gurwin

A Broadway veteran for the last 12 years, learn from one of New York’s best! With shows such as Little Women, Urinetown, The Full Monty, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kismet, A Little Night Music, Forbidden Broadway, A New Brain, and The Thing About Men to name a few, Danny Gurwin has hands-on experience working with some of the New York Theatre’s most accomplished directors, choreographers, designers, and actors.

“Danny manages to push you to places with your talent you never thought possible, in a completely safe and always encouraging environment. Ultimately, he focuses on bringing back an honesty to Musical Theatre, digging for truth in a character with every song a journey of self-realization. To put it simply, after working with Danny, I feel as if I could do anything without any restrictions or fear. I could conquer any obstacle or challenge the business has to offer.” – Kelly McCormack


Janet Noll, accompanist

Janet Noll has earned degrees from the University of Kentucky (Bachelor of Music and Master of Library Science) and the University of Montana (Master of Music). Ms. Noll’s accompanying and coaching experience spans thirty-five years, and includes work in the areas of chamber music, solo, vocal and instrumental duo work, choral ensembles, musical theatre and opera productions. She is a solo and duo pianist, harpsichordist, fortepianist, and chamber musician.

Don’t Just Sing, Say Something • March 28 – May 16, 2011 •  Eight Monday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot: Click here to contact The Alpert Studio Please specify name(s), age of student(s), name of an adult responsible party, and contact phone.


Mar 01

Spring Schedule Update

By billalpert | Events , Studio News

Dear Alpert Studio Students and Families,

There will be no voice lessons from 4:30 p.m. on, during the week of March 7 – March 10. Melanie is directing a show, and that is tech week.

Additionally, there will be no voice or violin lessons the week of March 21 – March 25, as this is the studio Spring Break.

Voice Students: If you are paying for the month in advance, please adjust your payment accordingly.

Thank You and Happy Spring!

Melanie Alpert