Make a Payment

Category Archives for "violin"

Nov 14

Winter Recital Reminder

By billalpert | Studio News , violin , voice

It’s recital time! This year’s Winter recital will be held on: Saturday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (rehearsal November 30 approx. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)

Rehearsal for this year’s recital will be on Friday, November 30. 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 during the month of November.

Remember our new studio location: Rehearsal and Performance will be held at 10722 Arrow Route, Suite 616; directions and map may be found here: 

Thanksgiving Week: Remember, no regular voice or violin lessons will be held during Thanksgiving week.

Happy Holidays,
Bill and Melanie Alpert
Oct 31

Violin Lesson Schedule for November and December 2012

By billalpert | Studio News , violin

Dear Students and Families:

Here is my violin teaching schedule for the next two months:

There will be no violin lessons between Nov. 19th through the 23rd. Happy Thanksgiving! Lessons will resume the following week, and continue through December 14th. There will be  no lessons between December and January 4. Lessons will resume according to normal schedule on January 7, 2013.

Please remember that these are regularly scheduled breaks in my teaching schedule; normal tuition applies each month, as your annual tuition is divided into 12 monthly payments.

Last, but not least, remember to play your instrument during the holidays! Use the time for review, polishing up songs or just playing holiday tunes for fun.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

–Bill Alpert   

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.

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!
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!

Feb 14

Romeo, Juliet, Love, Work and Music: A Valentine’s Day Message

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal , violin

Last week I played Romeo and Juliet, a piece about love. It’s music I first played in a youth orchestra more than 40 years ago. To me today, the Tchaik is about more than romantic love…

It’s about love and passion for your work. Performing that overture was a huge challenge for a high school aged violinist. Last week I had the pleasure of working with a stand partner half my age, but with obvious great devotion to music and the craft of playing the violin.

It all brought me back to the start, and why I became a musician in the first place. It’s the love of the music, love of the violin and love for doing the work, just for the simple joy of it.

So to all my friends and readers who are musicians, may your Valentine’s Day be blessed with love in your personal life, as well as a renewed and great passion for the art you create every time you practice, perform or teach.

And to my friends not lucky enough to be musicians, may you find art and beauty wherever your life takes you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

May 24

Studio Recital and Summer Schedule

By billalpert | Student News , violin , voice

Just a reminder that our Spring Studio Recital is on Saturday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m., at the Studio Recital Hall. A map and directions can be found here.

The recital rehearsal is on Friday, June 3, beginning at 4:30 p.m. If you’ve not received a rehearsal time slot, you will receive one at your next lesson.
Violin students: please arrive at 5:00 p.m. The rehearsal will also be held at the recital hall.

Music must be either taped back to back, as in a book, or in non-glare sheet protectors. All music must be in a 3 ring binder.
Remember to bring your music to both the rehearsal and recital.



Voice Lesson Schedule:
No lessons June 6-10. Lessons will resume on Monday, June 13. Summer break: July 11 – August 12. No voice lessons will be taught during this period. Lessons will resume as scheduled on Monday, August 15. Please, if possible, try to schedule any break in your lessons during this period. Students who maintain their scheduled Summer lessons, will receive priority when scheduling lessons in the fall.

Violin Lesson Schedule:
No lessons June 20-24, as I will be attending a Suzuki Teacher’s Institute during this period.
No lessons: July 18-29, our scheduled violin studio summer break. Lessons resume on Tuesday, August 2.


Everyone have a great summer, and remember to practice!

May 24

Listening Opportunity: violin and voice

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal , violin , voice

Sunday, June 12, 4:00 p.m. broadcast on KUSC-FM 91.5 & KUSC.ORG

(Originally performed on May 12-15, 8:00 P.M. – Walt Disney Concert Hall)

Dudamel conducts Mackey and Brahms

Artist Information:
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Christine Schäfer, soprano
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director

On the program: the west coast premiere of a contemporary piece for violin and orchestra by Mackey and the famous Brahms Requiem. It’s a fabulous opportunity to hear and see world class performers performing great masterworks of music. Tune in!