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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

[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.

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.

Dec 11

Don’t Just Sing: First Graduates

By billalpert | Student News , Studio News , voice

2010 Alpert Studio Master Class Participants

Danny Gurwin, Brandon Alpert and Don’t Just Sing Graduates

It’s truly exciting to see the growth of professional level skills in young performers, especially in a short six week span. That’s just what happened in these intensive sessions; each performer brought new life and new excitement to their song performances. Forging this strong connection between acting and singing is the mark of a mature performer. But it’s astonishing to see it in a 13 year old.

Danny Gurwin Leads Workshop.jpg

As teachers, we seek to cultivate the patience and skills that give even the youngest students the ability to master both the technical and artistic challenges of performance. It’s a rewarding process for those who value personal growth as well as the arts.

Danny Gurwin and Tommy.jpg

Kudos to our first Don’t Just Sing, Say Something master class graduates! The class was a hit all around! Look for more such classes in the near future.

Jun 17

Listen and Learn

By billalpert | violin

I’m always impressed by what my violin students are doing, though today I was extra impressed by 8 year old Zachary. I’d been wondering how well he’s been keeping up with his listening assignments and today I found out.

I played the opening notes of two separate end of Suzuki Book 1 songs that Zach has yet to study. He was able to pick out the remaining notes of both songs without any assistance. He had absorbed them simply by listening.

Need to learn a new piece? Start by listening, listening, listening. Listening works in amazing ways.

Jul 05

A Truly “Wicked” Master Class

By billalpert | Events

Eden Espinosa Master Class presented Broadway Experience

Be it an opera of Mozart or a scene from any current Broadway hit, a great score, polished singing and thoughtful acting are all integral to a convincing performance. So found a contingent of young Alpert studio students and alumni who participated in a recent master class presented by Eden Espinosa in conjunction with Broadway Experience.

Kudos to all of our students who attended and/or performed at the event. It was a great opportunity to learn from a well known performer at the top of her game. Ms. Espinosa’s insights received rave reviews from all in attendance. We’re all indebted to her as well as Sergio Mejia who led a dance workshop.

Thanks to Broadway Experience for hosting the event and to Debbie Jackson for providing the photos in this slide show.

Jun 21

Eden Espinosa Master Class

By billalpert | The Kitchen Sink

Eden Espinosa from the cast of Wicked

Alpert Studio Students are invited to participate in a musical theater master class for dance and vocal performance, presented by noted Broadway star Eden Espinosa and choreographer Sergio Mejia.

Eden Espinosa began singing at the age of three and performing at age five.1 After graduating from Canyon High School, she worked at local theme parks prior to being discovered by the BKLYN casting director. Espinosa worked on creating the title role of the musical at the Denver Civic Theatre for nearly two years. Prior to BKLYN’s Broadway run at the Plymouth Theatre, Eden made her Broadway debut in the original company of Stephen Schwartz‘s musical Wicked, where she understudied Idina Menzel’s Elphaba. Espinosa departed Wicked in August, 2004. BKLYN began its Broadway run on October 24, 2004 and closed on June 26, 2005. (extracted from Wikipedia)

Presented by Broadway Experience
Adult class (14 & up) Sunday, June 28th at 3:00pm
Youth class (7 thru 13) Monday, June 29th at 10:00am
Participant Fee: $65.00

The Studio Theater • 1400 N. Benson Ave., Upland CA

For information call (909) 982-5736 •

By reservation only. Sign up early for this very special event, as class sizes are strictly limited

Jun 05

Inland Idol Update

By billalpert | Events , Student News

Update: A hearty round of congratulations to eleven year old Genevieve Ellis (who recently participated along with 30 other finalists) in the Inland Idol competition last Sunday. Genevieve advanced through a field of some 600 performers, aged 7-18 who entered the competition and took second place in her age category. Kudos, Genevieve.

May 28

Alpert Studio student is an Inland Idol

By billalpert | The Kitchen Sink

Congrats to eleven year old Genevieve Ellis who recently was selected as one of 30 finalists participating in the upcoming Inland Idol competition this Sunday. Genevieve advanced through a field of some 600 performers, aged 7-18 who entered the competition. Please come out and support one of your fellow students this Sunday.

Judges Joe Randeen (left) and Earl Richards during semi finals


Where: La Mirada Performing Arts Center, 14900 La Mirada Blvd.
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $14 each,
Information:, 951-371-5239

May 03

Hear My Song

By Melanie Alpert | Events

Hear My Song Event Flyer •  Presented by Broadway Experience

Hear My Song Event Flyer

Please join The Alpert Studio and Broadway Experience for an intimate evening of contemporary musical theater by Jason Robert Brown, presented in concert version. This musical celebration will include selections from Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years, Thirteen, Parade and selected songs from the Jason Robert Brown library.

This production will feature many students and alumni of the Alpert Studio. These exciting and polished performers have won acclaim and awards for their singing including several who have been semi-finalists in the prestigious Los Angeles County Music Center Spotlight Awards.

I am very proud of this production, while not a kid’s show and includes mature themes, I urge everyone above the age of 12 to attend. Please forward the attached event flyer (link above) to everyone you know!

Hear My Song
The Works of Jason Robert Brown

Presented by Broadway Experience • Barbara Hinrichsen, General Director
Production directed by Melanie Alpert with assistant Directors Brandon Alpert and Cesar Quintero

Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23 at 7:30pm
Sunday May 24 at 1:00pm

All performances at: The Theatre Company • 1400 N. Benson Avenue, Upland, CA 91786

For information call (909) 982-5736

Presented by Broadway Experience • Non Profit 510(c3). Our thanks to Jason Robert Brown who graciously extended permission for this public performance.