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June 21, 2017
Alums Return to PCM’s Chamber Music Intensive as Apprentice Coaches
For the past four years, the Chamber Music Intensive (CMI) has marked the symbolic start of summer at the Conservatory. For one week in mid-June, CMI floods the campus with enthusiastic chamber students and fills the halls with the sound of young quartets and piano trios. The camp’s founder and director, Aimée Kreston, describes the program “as a place to provide the most dedicated and promising young musicians a taste of what they’ll be doing in college and beyond.” This summer, she and PCM Chamber Music Department Chair, Andrew Cook, invited a handful of highly-accomplished, recent PCM graduates—Katelyn Vahala, Annie Jacobs-Perkins, Geneva Lewis, Ben Penzner, and Aimée McAnulty—to return to the Chamber Music Intensive as apprentice coaches.
June 14, 2017
Felix Bullock: LAYGO Outreach at USC Medical Center
This past Friday morning, June 9, six members of LAYGO visited the LA County/USC Medical Center. While there, they performed in the courtyard as patients, doctors, and staff were walking in for the day. A small crowd listened throughout our hour-long set. The students really enjoyed themselves even as they struggled to hear each other in a new environment.
May 18, 2017
David Rodgers studied at PCM for six years—first as a chamber music student, then as a piano student—with Dr. Susan Svrček. David just graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music where he majored in Piano Performance with a concentration in jazz studies.
He is currently an active member of Keb’ Mo & Taj Mahal’s touring band as the keyboardist and assistant musical director; and this week, he released his debut album, Songs For A Generation, which includes ten original compositions, all written within the past year.