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Mar 05

Alpert Studio at the Great American Songbook Competition

By billalpert | Studio News , voice

[powerpress url=”″ image=””] Alpert Studio Students Record for Great American Songbook – Slideshow

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.

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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.

Apr 13

Alpert Studio Sweeps Solofest and OCHSA

By Melanie Alpert | Events , voice

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Pictured from left: Melanie Alpert, Cesar Quintero, Mackenzie Orr, Mercedes Machado, Kaitlin Orr and Michael Sturgis. Photo: Don Orr

Congratulations to Alpert Studio Students Cesar Quintero, Mercedes Machado, and Mackenzie Orr for winning top honors and sweeping the High School, Junior High and Elementary voice divisions of the San Bernardino County Solofest competition. I would also like to recognize Kaitlin Orr and Michael Sturgis for their wonderful performances at the event. I’m sure any judge would have had a difficult time deciding the final outcome. I’m proud of you all!

Competition winners received either cash or a full paid scholarship for two week programs at the Idyllwild Summer Academy for the Arts. Again, congratulations to all participants and a special thank you to Dr. Andrew Crane, Rebecca Tomlinson and the Cal State San Bernardino music faculty for making this such a positive and rewarding experience for young musicians.

Congrats to newly accepted OCHSA freshmen

Every Alpert Studio Student who recently applied to attend the Orange County High School for the Arts was accepted! Kudos to Sarah Hinrichsen, Michael Sturgis, Mercedes Machado and Kaitlin Orr. Again, you have done me proud!

Apr 08

Solofest and Recital Update

By Melanie Alpert | Events , violin , voice

Congratulations to all Alpert Studio students who participated in this year’s San Bernardino County Solofest; each one of you performed beautifully. I have seen such growth in each and every one of you; it’s makes me so proud!
Special congrats go out to those students who advanced to the finals: Mackenzie Orr, Elementary division, Kaitlin Orr, Michael Sturgis and Mercedes Machado, Junior High division (we swept this category!) and Cesar Quintero, High School division.
Our finalists will be competing this 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at the Cal State San Bernardino theater. Please come out and support your fellow students!

Also a quick note to studio voice and violin students: The date for our Spring Recital has been set. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 7, 4:00 p.m. at the studio recital hall.