Oct 20

Autumn Studio Recital

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studio recital fall 07
Pictured from top left: Wendy Waggener, Seraphina Oney, Erin Archer, Marie Muratalla, Bill Alpert. Bottom left: Jeremy Oh, Sarah Kuriyama, Edison Adler and Maki Davis. Photo courtesy of Rick Adler.

Kudos to selected violin students of Wendy Waggener and Bill Alpert’s violin studios who spent a beautiful and enjoyable fall afternoon sharing their talents! For many it was a day of firsts; Edison Adler’s very first violin recital, and Libby Salomon’s (not pictured) first opportunity to perform from memory. Also this was the first strings-only recital for the Alpert Studio, joined by students and families from Wendy’s studio and Foothill Suzuki Strings. Many thanks to the families who made it possible and to Janet Noll for her artistry and professionalism at the keyboard.

P.S. Voice students: We have set aside the date of Dec 1 at 4:00 p.m. for our fall recital. Please make a note of it!

Oct 11

Studio Students in Performance

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Catch Alpert Studio students Gracie Unger and Mackenzie Orr sharing the role of Maggie in the Grove Theatre production of Lost Spirt. It’s a new show starring broadway headliners Dale Kristien (Phantom of the Opera’s Christine) and Bill Hutton, the original Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

For information and tickets visit the Grove’s website at http://www.grovetheatre.com/ or call (909) 920-4343. The theater is located at 276 E 9th St., Upland.

And on a lighter note, enjoy Brandon Alpert’s performance of Randy Newman’s “When She Loved Me” during AMDA’s recent open mic night, in Hollywood.

Aug 26

Last Glimpse of Summer!

By Melanie Alpert | Events , The Kitchen Sink

on the trail
Melanie & Brandon on the trail. Telluride, CO

Hi Everybody!

Well, summer’s rapidly winding down. Don’t forget, voice lessons resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Monday lessons will resume on the 10th. I’m working on scheduling this week, and should be announcing final schedules by the end of the week. Hope you all had a wonderful summer; now let’s get back and do some great work!

Important announcement: Broadway Experience, the performing troupe dearest to my heart, will be holding auditions on September 5, at 5:00 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students who enjoy performing to spread their wings. Led by the multi-talented Barbara Hinrichsen, director, along with choregrapher and Disney whiz, Janet Renslow, and yours truly as music director. Come out and join us for a great educational experience and the time of your life!

Many of you have asked about our vacation, so we’ve created a photo album to share our experiences. Here’s the link to our photo blog: The Alpert Family Hits the Road

Aug 05

Alpert Studio August Schedule

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Flagstaff field
Starting our vacation; a field outside of Flagstaff, AZ.

The closing of Oz marks the official start of our family vacation; the first stop being Flagstaff, AZ. It’s a place that brings back a lot of happy memories. The photo above was taken on a 30 mile bike jaunt to Sedona, where I caught the late afternoon sun warming my spectacular descent into Oak Creek Canyon. Next was a two day visit to explore the ancient ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado. It’s a unique spot, and we’ll remember the brilliant starry night that became even more dazzling when our isolated hotel experienced a power failure on the first night of our visit!

I’m writing this from Telluride, Colorado. It’s our first visit to this quirky mountain town with a flavor that’s a bit of a throwback to the 60’s. Spectacular scenery is the rule here, as you can see from the waterfall behind me, and the view I earned after a rugged climb on an old mining road.

Telluride Falls
Cooling off in the mist of Bridal Veil Falls after a hot and dusty climb

view from falls
Spectaular Telluride (in the distant valley) includes everyone from hippies to the celeb jet set

Stay tuned for some more images of our trek to Grand Teton National Park. We hope to leave our reflection in many a Rocky Mountain stream along the way!

Here’s our teaching schedule for August:

Violin Students: Lessons resume on August 21st, according to normal schedule.

Vocal Students: Melanie will be off until after Labor Day. Lessons will resume Tues. Sept. 4th. Students will be contacted the last week of August to set up fall schedules. Please let Melanie know ASAP if you have any specific concerns or requests. Returning students will be kept as close as possible to their previous schedule unless otherwise requested.

Thanks, and enjoy your summer!

Bill Alpert

Jul 21

The Wizard visits Rancho Cucamonga

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DorothyDaniella Samuel as Dorothy

Oz Trio
Brandon Alpert, Daniella and Cesar Quintero in rehearsal for Wizard of Oz

Congratulations to Alpert Studio students who participated in the recent sellout run of Wizard of Oz at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. It was a fabulous, professional level show, and certainly one of the highlights of the Lewis Family Playhouse season.

Studio students participating in this production include Daniella Samuel (Dorothy), Brandon Alpert (Cowardly Lion), Lindsey Rupp (Glinda), Sarah Hinrichsen, Sarah Jackson, Maggie Anderson, Frankie Libutti, Michael Sturgis, Marissa Henkle, Ashley Blackwell, Kaitlyn and Mackenzie Orr, Kathryn McGuire and Kyle Fain. Kudos are due to directors Barbara Hinrichsen and Melanie Alpert, along with choreographer Janet Renslow. Let’s all do it again soon!

Jun 28

Into the Woods

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Congratulations to all our students, their parents and families who participated in the stellar Broadway Experience production of Sonheim’s Into the Woods Jr. We are so proud of you all! Watch this site for more photos to come.


May 19

Spring Studio Recital Photos

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Wow! Congratulations to all our voice and violin students who particpated in our best recital ever! Everyone did a wonderful job; you should all be proud of your efforts. Be assured your teachers and parents are equally proud!

Here are a couple of photos from the event.

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Alpert Studio Spring Recital Class of May 2007
Our “Class of ’07”

Alpert Studio Spring Recital
Happy recital participants celebrating a job well done!

Upcoming lesson schedule will be as follows:
Voice Students: No lessons on Monday, Memorial Day but normal schedule the rest of that week.
No lessons the week of June 4. Lessons will resume with normal schedule on Monday, June 11.
Violin Students: All lessons will continue according to normal schedule.

We wish everyone a great summer. Keep practicing and attending your lessons!!

Bill and Melanie Alpert

Apr 24

Congrats are in order again!

By Melanie Alpert | The Kitchen Sink

Congratulations to McKensie Orr, Mercedes Machado and Michael Sturgis, all of whom were selected as finalists in the San Bernardino County Solofest Competition. And the biggest congratulations of all goes to Gabi Martinez, who won first place in the High School division.
I’m so proud of all of you who participated. You all did so well. You really make a teacher feel like she’s doing something right! Don’t forget about the recital on Saturday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. Rehearsal will be Friday May 18 at 6:30 at the recital hall.