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Feb 16

Important Dates for the Alpert Studio

By billalpert | Studio News , violin , voice

It’s shaping up to be a busy Spring at the Studio. Please make a note of the following dates:

Our Spring/Summer Recital will be held on Saturday, June, 8 at 4:30 p.m. • Save the date, as all students are expected to participate.

Spring Event Summary:

Spring Break – March 18-22: No lessons for voice or violin

San Bernardino County Solofest (voice and violin) – April 6/April 13 - Application Deadline March 22: Information

Suzuki Violin Graduation – April 28 - Recordings due in March - Information

Great American Songbook Competition (High School Vocal Students) - Videotaping on Saturday, March 16 – Deadlne for Entry: March 31 - Information

Spring/Summer Recital – Saturday, June 8, 4:30 p.m. – Rehearsal on Friday, June 7, times tba


Mar 05

Studio Updates Spring 2012

By billalpert | Student News

Voice and Violin Studio Spring Break

The Studio Spring Break will be March 19th to the 23rd and will resume as normal on Monday March 26th. This is a normally scheduled break, and no lessons will be held during this period.

Spring Recital Date

We have set a tentative date for the Spring/Summer recital, Saturday, June 9th at 5:00. Please put this date on your calendars now and make every effort to be there. RECITALS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! We will confirm this date very soon.

Thank you and Happy Spring!!!

Apr 07

Spring Recital Announced

By billalpert | Events , violin , voice

Mark your calendars!

The Alpert Studio Spring ’09 Recital will be held on Saturday, May 16th at 4:00 p.m. All voice and violin students are required to participate.

Recital Rehearsal (with piano) will be held on Friday, May 15, between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. You will be assigned an approximate arrival time at your lesson prior to the event.

Let’s all prepare for a wonderful and enjoyable event, in a fun and supportive environment. So polish up your songs!

Sep 21

Winter Recital Date Announced

By billalpert | Events , violin , voice

We are pleased to announce that the Alpert Studio Winter 2008 recital will be held on Saturday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the performance hall in Rancho Cucamonga. The rehearsal for the event will be held on Friday, November 14, in the late afternoon.

All violin and voice students are expected to participate; performance opportunities are a vital part of musical education. Please wear appropriate recital attire on the evening of the event.

Winter Studio Recital
Saturday, November 15, 2008 • 4:00 p.m.
Performance Facility: 10722 Arrow Route; Unit 104 • Rancho Cucamonga, CA

May 27

Studio Recital Reminder

By billalpert | Events , violin , voice

Just a last minute reminder: our Spring studio recital will be held on Saturday, June 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the studio performance hall.

Rehearsal will begin between 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6, also at the performance hall. Students will be assigned a specific rehearsal time slot during their lesson. We will try to accommodate your specific time request, if possible. Please try to be flexible.

Remember, all violin and voice students are expected to participate in the recital. Please remember to bring your music, properly taped up and in order for our accompanist. Please dress appropriately for a performance; no jeans or flip flops. Thank You.

May 27

Big Weekend for the Studio

By billalpert | Events , Student News , voice

Brandon Alpert and Dawnn Lewis

Brandon Alpert, backing Dawnn Lewis in Norman’s Ark, Ford Amphitheater

Studio graduates Taylor Pearson and Brandon Alpert made a professional appearance in the new musical Norman’s Ark, currently running nightly at the Ford Amphitheater from May 27 to June 8. It’s a modern retelling of the Noah’s Ark story suitable for the entire family. We caught a sneak preview and thoroughly enjoyed the production. We highly recommend it! For information and tickets visit the Ford Amphitheater website. There’s a bit of background on the show on my last blog entry. Also, here’s an LA Times article about the show.

Congratulations to Daniella Samuel on being cast in the part of Wendy Darling in the Candelight Pavillion’s production of Peter Pan, running July 12 – August 17. For information and tickets, visit the venue website.


Pictured from left, Sarah Jackson, Cesar Quintero, Melanie Alpert, Mercedes Machado
Back row: Michael Sturgis, Kathryn McGuire

The Alpert Studio swept the vocal division of the 2008 John Child Walker Competition, held last weekend at Bridges Hall of Music, Claremont.

First place winner in lower division was Mercedes Machado, with Michael Sturgis taking second place. In the upper division, Sarah Jackson placed third, Kathryn McGuire took second and Cesar Quintero captured the first place prize. Congratulations to you all; you’ve made us proud once again!

May 02

Excitement Abounds in May and June

By billalpert | Events , voice


Jason Robert Brown

May promises to be an exciting month for Alpert Studio students. To start, May 10 marks the first cast meeting and rehearsal for the BE production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Also, several students are participating in the Los Osos High School production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including Lindsay Rupp and Sarah Jackson. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. If possible, please come out and support your fellow students.

Composer/Lyricist Stephen Schwartz of Wicked fame will be performing at Citrus College on Saturday May 3. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear Schwartz’ famous musical theater tunes as well as his antecdotes from the world of Broadway. Here’s a link for more information and tickets.

Also at Citrus’ Haugh Performing Arts Center on Saturday May 17 is Jason Robert Brown in Concert. From the event website: Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). He won a 1999 Tony® Award for his score to Parade, which also captured the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for best new musical. His “extraordinary jubilant theatre music” (Chicago Tribune) thus far includes scores for The Last Five Years, Songs For A New World, collaboration onUrban Cowboy: the Musical, and the just-produced world premiere of Thirteen. He is currently at work on the score for the upcoming musical version ofHoneymoon in Vegas. Join us for a special evening with this rising – and Broadway Bright – star! For tickets and infomation click here.

Here is video of Brandon Alpert singing Jason Robert Brown’s Shiksa Goddess. (PG-13)


June is no less exciting; the new musical Pazzazz! by Broadway legends Richard Sherman and Milt Larsen, makes its world premier at Citrus’ Haugh Performing Arts center on June 13-15. The production is co-directed by Alpert Studio family member Barbara Hinrichsen’s husband and Sarah’s dad, Greg Hinrichsen along with choreographer John Vaughan. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Event website.


Last, but not least, studio alumni Brandon Alpert and Taylor Pearson will be appearing at the Ford Amphitheater in the west coast premier of Norman’s Ark, A New Musical. Written by American composer Glen Roven ( here’s an interview regarding the project) and directed by Lion King Tony Award winning produced Peter Schneider, the production is a family-friendly retelling of the ancient bible story in a modern setting. Performances run from May 27-June 8. From the event website: Broadway comes to Los Angeles when Glen Roven and Jerome Kass retell the Noah’s Ark story of hope in the context of a Post-Katrina world. The entire family will thrill to the entrance of 100 children as the animals on the ark. Emotional country ballads and smokin’ rock-a-billy tunes along with the giant gospel choir would raise the roof if the Ford Amphitheatre had one! Tickets and information.

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!