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Conservatory students and alumni perform at the National Opera Center in New York City on March 12, 2015.

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Conservatory keeps busy during Spring Break

Mar 24, 2015

The Conservatory of Music students and faculty were busy during spring break, March 7th - 15th.  There were conferences, performances, recruiting visits, and competitions.  Below are a few highlights from the adventures over break.

New York City tour  ●  New York, NY   ●   March 7-14
Vocal students participated in master classes with Bill Shuman from the Academy of Vocal Arts and alumnus Paul Staroba '05, a musical director on Broadway. Alumni Johann Reed '14, Ted Pickell '14, Hannah Ludwig '14, Donovan Ott-Bales '14, and Andy Dwan '13 performed in a recital at the National Opera Center with current students Madelaine Matej, Justin Pratt, Sydney Frizzell-Gorham, and Madeline Kellogg.

Trio 180 tour    ●   Los Angeles, CA   ●   March 9-13
The members of our faculty ensemble, Trio 180, traveled to Southern California to give clinics, lessons, and performances at Santa Monica High School and Diamond Bar High School. The trip was very successful and professors Leong, Miller, and Flyer look forward to continuing connections with string and piano students across the state.

The North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region 2 conference   ●   Flagstaff, AZ     ●   March 12-13
Students Morgan Smallwood, Janos Castnos, Luke Colbert, and Chris Wentworth's quartet performed at the conference.  Alumni Ben Whittier '14, Isaac Lopez '12, and Melissa Ewing '14 traveled to attend the conference and reunite with Pacific friends.

The Western Region American Music Therapy Association (WRAMTA) conference   ●   San Jose, CA    ●   March 12-15
Conservatory faculty, students and alumni were presenters at the conference and Conservatory students were elected to the WRAMTA Student Executive Board. Those students were Fred Ra (president), Annela Flores (president-elect), Christian Tudino (parliamentarian) and Natalie Pio (media relations coordinator).  More than 70 current students, faculty, and alumni, including the President-Elect of AMTA, Jennifer Geiger '98, enjoyed a reception hosted by the Conservatory.

Seattle Jazz Experience   ●   Seattle, WA   ●   March 13-15
This year one of the two Pacific combos participating in the Seattle Jazz Experience festival took the "Best in Festival" title and as such was featured in the closing concert. Students in this combo were Jimmy Kraft, saxophone and vocalist; Joel Ross, piano and vibraphone; Brian Clark, bass; Jalon Archie, drums.

Winter Bass Bash   ●   San Francisco, CA   ●   March 15
Professor Thomas Derthick accompanied three students to Davies Symphony Hall where they were part of the Winter Bass Bash. At the event students Taylor March and Nick Vegas worked with San Diego Symphony Associate Principlal Bassist Susan Wulff.

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