Apr 10

Student Recital, audition and competition dates!

By billalpert | Events , violin , voice

It’s that time again: time to get up and strut your stuff 🙂

Auditions and competitions are optional, but participation in the studio recital is mandatory. Please check and clear your calendar so we can have a great turnout.

Saturday, May 19 • 4:00 p.m.
The Alpert Studio Student Recital
All violin and vocal students to perform
(rehearsal, Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.)
at the Alpert Studio Performance Venue

Saturday, April 14
San Bernardino County Solofest
Cal State University, San Bernardino
Rehearsal: Friday, April 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Hillside Studio

Saturday, May 12
Auditions: Wizard of Oz, City of Rancho Cucamonga Community Services
Ages: 8-adult

Saturday, May 26
John Child Walker Music Competition
(application deadline: Friday, April 20)

Mar 24

Blast from the Past

By billalpert | The Kitchen Sink

Choral/Orchestra Concert, Cal Poly University, circa 1976

I recently across this old photo that brought back some happy memories. As I remember, Mrs. Alpert (actually Ms. Chambers at the time) sang a quite impressive solo movement in the Poulenc Gloria. And if you look carefully, you’ll spot yours truly, assuming concertmaster duties in the orchestra.

Amazingly, those were some heady years at the humble Cal Poly Music Department. Several of our friends went on to enjoy great professional success and recognition. A few even reached the very pinnacle of the music world. But we all share some wonderful memories. It’s a perfect testimony of music’s power to bring people together.. for a lifetime.

Jan 22

Whole Lotta Exciting News!

By Melanie Alpert | The Kitchen Sink

First, let me welcome everyone back! It was nice to see your smiling faces and hear your beautiful voices last week. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday; we sure did!

OK, back to studio stuff: We had some really exciting news at the SCVA Competition on Saturday, January 13th (more about that competition in a minute). Kari Kennedy informed us that she was chosen as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Los Angeles County Music Center Spotlight Awards! They usually pick only 10 to 15 semi-finalists out of about 180 competitors. We’ve kept our streak going with four semi-finalists in four years. Way to go Kari! There will be a master class on Sunday, January 28th featuring soorano Carol Neblett, at the Music Center. These are usually very good and I would encourage all of you to attend, especially if you participated or you are in high school. I will post more about this later. I will be attending, so if you wish to attend please let me know so we can carpool.

The SCVA Competition. This is a classical competition for middle school and high school students. SCVA stands for the Southern California Vocal Association. It is a well respected organization of choral and vocal teachers both from public and private schools and teachers from private studios. The competition is?Ǭrun as a master class and it’s always?Ǭa wonderful experience. This year was no different. We had a great adjudicator, Chris Gravis, who is a singer and conductor throughout Southern California. He was kind, enthusiatic, and encouraging. We had a very?Ǭfull site, but he spent as much time as possible with every student, no matter how advanced. I believe everyone took away something new to think about! At the end of the day, he had to pick two middle school and five high school semi-finalists. We had only seven people of the 25 entered but four people from the studio were chosen as semi-finalists! In the middle school category, Sarah Hinrichsen was chosen and in the high school category, the semi-finalists were Sarah Jackson, Gabi Martinez and Kari Kennedy. All our studio participants also performed beautifully! They were Kaitlyn Orr, Michael Sturgis, and Mercedes Machado. I was so proud of each one! Congratulations to our semi-finalists and good luck in the next round.
I would also like to congratulate Maggie Anderson, Sarah Hinrichsen, Ashley Blackwell, Frankie Libuti, Kaitlyn and Mckensie Orr, Michael Sturgis, and Alex Calentine, who were all selected for the youth ensemble for Citrus College’s production of Beauty and the Beast! It should be a wonderful?Ǭshow and I encourage all of you to attend.

Sunday night I attended a recital by one of our greatest living dramatic sopranos, Debra Voigt. She presented a program of song from Mozart to Bernstein. She had a very bad cold and after her first song she went off stage and returned with a box of Kleenex. This cracked up the audience and she then expained that she wasn’t feeling too great. This really broke the stuffy formality of a “recital” and her warm personality really shown through. It made for a very special evening of some wonderfully expressive and exquisite singing.

Debra Voigt
Debra Voigt

You could not hear?Ǭa cold?Ǭin her voice; it was clear, round and well supported. The pieces she chose ran the gamut from sorrowful to joyful; some were timely and poignant. Each was sung flawlessly and showed her dramatic range. What a wonderful treat to see someone so in control of their artistry. I was really watching a master perform.?Ǭ

Students:?Ǭ?Ǭgo see?Ǭpeople like this perform. It is a very different experience seeing a great artist in person as opposed to just listening to them on a cd or even watching them on television or DVD. You can actuallly feel their energy. The passion for what they do invades the room, and invades your soul, as Debra Voigt did mine. Take advantage of the fact that we live near one of the great cities?Ǭof the world. We have the world class artists who come to perform, from opera singers to classical musicians to musical theater stars. We have a world class opera company, the LA Opera. On top of that we have a world class symphony orchestra, the LA Philharmonic and many, many opportunities to see first class Musical Theater. I do know that many times these experiences can be expensive. But save your pennies and make sure you get out at least once in a while to see live theater, or a live musical experience. It can be life changing!

Jan 07

Voice Lesson Schedule 2007

By billalpert | The Kitchen Sink , voice

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a great holiday.

Just a note to remind you that voice lessons resume this week, the week of Jan. 8.

Your lesson will remain at the same time, unless otherwise discussed. As always, if you have a scheduling problem, please call me at least 24 hours in advance of your lesson time.

Happy New Year and see you soon!

Melanie Alpert

Dec 24

A movie worth seeing

By billalpert | The Kitchen Sink

I recently completed a two day recording session at Capitol Records. It was a film score for an action movie currently in post production, The Rebel. At the session we were all updated about our another project that we completed more than a year ago. At the time I had only an inkling of what this movie would be; it’s a gripping drama, and an important historical document. It’s been winning prizes at film festivals across the globe, and it drew standing ovations at Sundance.
In 1975, when U.S. forces left South Vietnam, a modern day holocaust ensued. Journey from the Fall tells a story that few Americans remember. The producers of the film had a first hand connection to those events some 30 years ago; they knew this is a story that must be told. And though the session was more than a year ago, I can still feel the warmth and heartfelt appreciation that the film makers had for all of us over those days in Studio A.
I feel honored to have been part of this project. Though I have yet to see Journey from the Fall, (it opens in Spring 2007) I hope everyone will take the time to seek out this movie.
Journey from the Fall Recording Session
Recording session at Capitol Records, Studio A, Christopher Wong, composer and conductor

Dec 12

Happy Holidays from the Alpert Studio

By billalpert | Events , violin , voice

Wow, what a wonderful evening it was! Congratulations to all recital participants; you made us very proud! We all deserve a little break, so:

Schedule reminder:
Violin lessons resume on January 6.
Voice lessons resume on the week of January 8.

Have a recital photo you’d like to share?
Send us your photos via e-mail
Have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in January. 🙂

–Bill and Melanie

Recital Photo
2006 Winter Recital participants ?Ǩ Photo: Philip Malcolm

Dec 03

December Schedule

By Melanie Alpert | Events , The Kitchen Sink

Just a quick reminder; voice lessons for December end on December 7, last day of violin lessons is December 9.

Our studio recital will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, 6:00 p.m. at the performance facility. Seating will be limited; please arrive early, violin students will tune up at 5:45

Rehearsal for the recital is Friday, December 8. Violin students: please arrive by 4:30 p.m. Voice students will be assigned an arrival time at their voice lesson during the week of December 4.

Violin lessons will resume on January 6; voice lessons start on January 8. We wish our studio family a wonderful Holiday season, filled with music.
Bill & Melanie

Nov 18

Winter Recital Date Change

By billalpert | Events

The Alpert Studio Winter Recital date has been moved to

Recital: Monday, December 11 ?Ǩ 6:00 p.m.

The performance and rehearsal will be held at the studio performance facility

10722 Arrow Route, Suite 104 ?Ǩ Rancho Cucamonga
(located one block east of Haven Avenue, in the Arrow Business Condominiums)

The recital rehearsal date remains unchanged:

Rehearsal: Friday, December 8th ?Ǩ 4:30 p.m. (your exact rehearsal time arrival will be announced)

All voice and violin students are expected to participate in this studio recital.
2005 Winter Recital Photo

Nov 13

A Thanksgiving Message (and reminder)

By billalpert | The Kitchen Sink

Thankful for it all

Gratitude is like putting money in the bank. Practice it every chance you get.
Every day is filled with opportunities to be thankful. You can be thankful for your blessings, for your problems, for the things you know, for the things you’ve yet to learn, and for everything in between.

When you sincerely enjoy and appreciate life’s small, simple treasures, the big, impressive achievements will soon be headed your way. Demonstrate, with joy and enthusiasm, your appreciation for something, and you’re likely to get much more of it.

Choose to be gloriously thankful simply for the fact that you’re alive and aware. You will notice an immediate and profound improvement in your day.

Every thankful thought you think connects you more solidly to life’s magnificent abundance. The more you appreciate something, the more real value it takes on.

So challenge yourself to be truly thankful for all that is around you, for all that is in you, and for all that happens to you and through you. By so doing, you give richness and value to everything you touch.

— Ralph Marston

Just a quick reminder: there will be no voice or violin lessons Thanksgiving week, Nov. 19-25. Bill and Melanie wish you a wonderful and enjoyable holiday.

Nov 06

By Melanie Alpert | The Kitchen Sink , voice

Well, we did it again!. Lindsey Rupp won 1st place in the Classical category, Maggie Anderson won 1st place in the Musical Theater category and Sarah Jackson won Honorable Mention in the same category.

This just in! Mercedes Machado was selected as a finalist in the Intimate Opera Vocal Competition and Sarah Jackson made the final callback for the LA Spotlight Awards, Non Classical division.

Again, congratulations to all. You have made me soooo proud!!!