FANFARE MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST • S A N TA B A R B A R A , C A • OCTOBER 2010 Reed Settles in as President Scott Reed, who was named president of the Music Academy in early An Era Begins July, has begun to outline a leadership agenda that will stress continuity with the efforts of his predecessor and financial stability, among other objectives. “I am proud to follow in the footsteps of NancyBell Coe, who did so much to elevate the Academy’s standing among musicians, administrators, and music lovers the nation over,” said Mr. Reed, whose appointment became effective August 16. “I want to continue the traditions that have made the Music Academy successful for the past 64 years.” Mr. Reed says he would like to increase the Academy’s visibility during non-summer months and further establish the Miraflores campus as a year-round resource for local performing arts organizations, musicians, and teachers. Specific initiatives include establishing a guest artist residency program, and forging new community and national partnerships such as with the Broad Stage in Santa Monica (see article below). He also pledged to maintain a “razor-sharp focus” on the Academy’s long- term financial wellbeing. “That’s essential as we move forward with facility upgrades and programmatic initiatives to bolster the Music Academy’s position as a premier summer training program,” he said. Additional information on Mr. Reed’s appointment can be viewed online at www.musicacademy.org/about-us/pressroom/scott-reed-named-president-of- Met Simulcasts Return to Hahn Hall the-music-academy-of-the-west. Music Academy alumnus Juan Diego Flórez (’95) will star in the new Metropolitan Opera production of Rossini’s comedy Le Comte Ory, which will be screened April 9 and Fellows at Broad Stage Feb. 27 10 as part of the 2010-11 Met: Live in HD season at Hahn Hall. A new production of Das Rheingold kicked off this year’s simulcasts October 9. The series will continue S oprano Megan Hart and pianist the annual Marilyn Horne Song Sun Ha “Sunny” Yoon, winners of Competition recital. On a personal level, with Boris Godunov on October 23 and 24. The Academy last summer’s Marilyn Horne Song I have known Marilyn for years, both will screen 12 Metropolitan Opera simulcasts over the Competition at Hahn Hall, will be having performed with her at LA Opera 2010-11 season, culminating with Richard Wagner’s Die presented in recital at the Broad Stage in and now as director of the Broad Stage, Walküre starring Bryn Terfel as Wotan, lord of the gods, Santa Monica under a new partnership and nothing makes me happier than on May 14 and 15. Live simulcasts will be screened on with the Music Academy. Scheduled to working with this wonderful American Saturday mornings; encore screenings will be offered take place at 4 pm February 27, the icon,” said Dale Franzen. Saturday evenings and at 2 pm Sundays. Single tickets event will include a question-and-answer Formerly known as the Marilyn Horne cost $25. Complete information is available online at session with Marilyn Horne. Foundation Vocal Competition, the www.musicacademy.org/about-us/special-events. “The Broad Stage is honored to be Marilyn Horne Song Competition is a partnering with the Music Academy on – continued on next page It is with great pleasure that I write Golf Invitational Tees Off Oct. 18 A Letter From The President to you as the new president at Music Academy of the West. We are on the S cusp of an exciting new era at the Music toried Birnam Wood Golf Club in best balls of foursome format; men’s and Academy, and it is with no small sense of Montecito will host the 17th annual women’s divisions), a cocktail reception with gratitude and awe that I take stock of our Santa Barbara Golf Invitational on live jazz piano, silent and live auctions, and collective good fortune. Monday, October 18. A perennial favorite a gala dinner and awards ceremony featuring First, several acknowledgements are among area golf enthusiasts, business leaders, a performance by Music Academy alumna in order. I would like to reiterate my and philanthropists, the event is a benefit for Susanna Phillips (’02 and ’03). appreciation for the efforts of my prede- the Music Academy’s full-scholarship fund. Tickets for the dinner and performance cessor, NancyBell Coe, whose numerous Chaired by Academy Board member Andy only are available for $250 each. NBA Hall of institutional contri- Chou, who serves as Santa Barbara president Famer Jerry West will attend the gala dinner butions defy easy for the global investment and banking servic- as a VIP guest of Northern Trust. Mr. West quantification. To serves as executive director of the Northern know NancyBell is Monie photography Trust Open, formerly known as the Los to readily under- Angeles Open and one of the longest-running stand the affection tournaments on the PGA tour. Phillip Channing she commands among Academy For more information or to reserve constituents and in tickets, contact Brooke Jacobs at 695.7917 the broader community. We all wish her or firstname.lastname@example.org. the best in her retirement. I would also personally like to thank the Academy Board, and in particular Chair Sharon Westby, who has already Fellows at Broad Stage shown herself to be a dynamic and insight- – continued from page 1 ful partner. I am honored to be working showcase for Academy singers and vocal with a Board leader of Sharon’s caliber. pianists. The Music Academy assumed responsi- And of course, I enthusiastically bility for managing the annual competition after acknowledge our outstanding faculty Diane and Selby Sullivan and administrative staff, and our many the Marilyn Horne Foundation became part of wonderful donors, patrons, alumni, and es firm Northern Trust Co., this year’s invi- the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall last volunteers. Our success as an organiza- tational will honor longtime Academy bene- summer. Top awards, presented in honor of long- tion owes to the skill and goodwill of factors Diane and Selby Sullivan. Northern time Music Academy vocal accompaniment such individuals. Trust will serve as the event’s title sponsor. faculty member Gwendolyn Koldofsky, are given Looking ahead, I am determined to The single-player fee for both men and to the Academy singer and vocal pianist who further harness the extraordinary talents women is $750; the foursome fee for both demonstrate excellence in the performance of of our personnel and leverage the men and women is $2,800. Activities will song repertoire as well as a unique gift for Academy’s campus as we embrace trans- include a tee-off lunch, 18 holes of golf (two audience communication. formative change in the form of the Luria Education Center. A host of new program- matic initiatives are in the offing as well. It is critical that we acknowledge the legacy of those who have come before us, even as we look to the future with such Donor-Exclusive CD Available Donors who contribute $250 or more to the Symphony No. 6 in ardor. I am committed to continuing the tradition of excellence that has made the Music Academy’s full-scholarship program will B Minor, op. 74, Music Academy a leading training center receive a limited-edition compact disc featuring “Pathétique,” as for the world’s most talented young musi- live recordings from the 2010 Summer Festival. performed by the cians and an exceptional cultural resource Highlights on this year’s donor-exclusive CD Academy Festival for the Santa Barbara community. include: Orchestra under I am proud to represent this • Strauss’ Don Juan, op. 20, as performed by Peter Oundjian. tremendous organization and all of you the Academy Festival Orchestra under the For a detailed list of annual giving levels who make it so special. baton of conductor Larry Rachleff and donor benefits, including membership in • The fourth movement of Beethoven’s the Academy’s Council of Contributors, visit the Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93, as per- Academy website at www.musicacademy.org/ formed by the Academy Chamber Orchestra contribute/annual-giving or contact Shawn Scott Reed, President under Maestro Nicholas McGegan Rodriguez at 805.695.7916 or srodriguez@ • And the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s musicacademy.org. A Letter from the Chair Nell Campbell I t’s been barely two months since the members were faced with decamping to new offices. Also, as recent finale of the glorious 2010 Festival campus visitors well know, accessing the main house entrance now season, and already the Music involves a somewhat circuitous path, and sharing parking areas Academy is fully engaged once more with construction vehicles has become the norm. I am confident in remaking itself – and doing so with the end result will prove well worth the trouble, though! poise and a sense of purpose. In recent The good news is the Academy is more than 80 percent of the years the Academy has demonstrated a way toward completely funding the Luria Education Center. And remarkable ability to pivot seamlessly once again, we have the good fortune to be working with Frank between presenting classical music at its Schipper Construction Co., the superb outfit behind the building most sublime and playing host to astonishing feats of construction. of Hahn Hall. The latest example, of course, is the Luria Education Center, In closing I’d like to extend a warm welcome to new Academy construction of which began along the north side of the campus’ President Scott Reed. I am looking forward to working with you! main building on August 23. Upon completion next summer, the I very much appreciate the dedication and support of the center will boast world-class facilities for Academy Fellows and extended Music Academy family. the 30 community organizations that utilize the Miraflores campus year-round. As is inevitably the case with all large-scale undertakings, this project has not been without its disruptions. Immediately following Sharon Westby this year’s Summer Festival, for instance, many year-round staff Chair, Board of Directors generously donated the wine served at Cabaret; Rose Story Farms Baron Spafford supplied the attractive floral arrangements. The live auction, presided over by Music Academy supporter Jan Hill, raised a record $114,000. Corporate sponsors included Business First Bank; Thomas Bollay Architects; Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney, LLP; Montecito Bank & Trust; PMSM Architects; Frank Schipper Construction Co.; and Urban Developments. A complete list of event sponsors can be viewed online at www.musicacademy.org/festival. Encore Society Over 100 Members Voice Fellows Brandon Cedel and Julia Dawson perform I’ve Never Been in Love Before / Baby, its Cold Outside during Cabaret. Cabaret Hits Right Notes his year’s Cabaret gala fundraiser, which took place August 12 at T Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, netted a record $250,000 for the Music Academy’s full-scholarship program, an all-time high for the signature annual benefit. The Academy recognized all Encore Society members July 22. From left are Mead Northrop, Dick Meyn, and Robin Schutte. Four hundred guests attended the event, which featured cocktails, dinner under the stars, and a memorable performance by Academy For the first time since it was established in 1998, the Encore Society Voice Fellows under the direction of famed pianist and collaborator has surpassed 100 members. Sixteen new members joined the group Gerald Sternbach, who also oversaw last year’s Cabaret production. in the past year. The Encore Society recognizes donors who have dis- Event co-chairs Judy Getto and Stephen Singleton, who mobilized closed estate gifts on behalf of the Music Academy or have made con- committee members, designed this year’s logo, and helped obtain tributions in support of the Academy’s endowment. For more informa- in-kind donations of wine and floral arrangements, were instrumental in tion about the Encore Society, contact Jon Bishop at 805.695.7915 increasing sponsorships and donations, according to Academy special or email@example.com. events manager Brooke Jacobs. Alice Gillaroo and Susan Jorgensen Summer Festival Preview! Warren Jones to Conduct ‘Barber’ in 2011 B eloved faculty member Warren Jones duction of The Barber of Seville just once, vocal piano and interpretation. will serve as conductor for the Music in 1982. Following his stint conducting Mascagni’s Academy’s 2011 opera production of “Having just staged a magnificent L’amico Fritz for the San Francisco Opera’s The Barber of Seville, which will be production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Merola Opera Program last summer, Joshua presented at The Granada in Santa Barbara greatest opera ever written, how wonderful Kosman wrote in the San Francisco on August 5 and 7. He will succeed George it will be to perform Rossini’s The Barber Chronicle that “Jones ... shaped the per- Manahan, music director of the New York of Seville, the greatest comic opera ever formance tenderly and precisely.” City Opera, who has conducted the last written,” said Ms. Horne, who has directed Next year’s Festival season also will see three Academy opera productions. the Academy Voice Program since 1997. the return of conductors Larry Rachleff, “I am thrilled at the invitation to con- A member of the Music Academy faculty Nicholas McGegan, Donald Dietz duct The Barber of Seville in 2011. This since 1993, Mr. Jones was recently named Peter Oundjian, sparkling operatic cornerstone will finally Collaborative Pianist of the Year for 2010 by and Leonard re-join the Music Academy canon – and the Musical America. Also a faculty member at Slatkin. The Music opportunity for our Voice Fellows to be Manhattan School of Music, he is principal Academy’s guided by Marilyn Horne, the great Rosina pianist of the acclaimed Santa Barbara- 64th annual of our time, should prove to be extraordi- based chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica Summer Festival nary,” said Mr. Jones, referring to one of and frequently performs with many of will take place Ms. Horne’s signature performance roles. today’s most acclaimed singers. At the from June 20 to The Music Academy has mounted a pro- Music Academy, he serves as director of Leonard Slatkin August 13, 2011. Academy Launches Shirley Cribbs (seated Car-Donation Program right) was named an Honorary Member of the The Music Academy has launched a com- Women’s Auxiliary of the prehensive vehicle-donation program in Music Academy of the West partnership with Ventura-based nonprofit during the organization’s Cars 4 Causes. Twelve vehicles have been annual luncheon on June 10. donated this year, and the Academy hopes Shirley was recognized for to add to that tally in the coming months. her many years of dedicated The Music Academy receives 70 percent service to the Auxiliary and of the net proceeds from each donated the Music Academy, particu- Patty Jacquemin vehicle; all proceeds directly benefit the larly her contributions to the Academy’s full-scholarship program. Compeer program. Since the All vehicles, even those not currently Auxiliary’s founding in 1954, only six other women have been so honored. The Auxiliary also running, are accepted, and donations are installed new board officers, welcomed 19 new members, and presented a check in the 100 percent tax-deductible. Cars 4 Causes amount of $100,000 to the Music Academy for its full-scholarship program. Also pictured handles all donation details. are Auxiliary treasurer Debbie Geremia (seated left) and chair Meg DiNapoli. “It is gratifying to provide a service that makes donating unwanted vehicles so easy,” said Cars 4 Causes Executive Director Pat Jessup, whose organization helped sponsor this year’s May Madness sale. “The Music Academy is an exemplary nonprofit partner Staff News Originally from Pleasanton, California, Marcia graduated from UCSB and attended and we are extremely impressed with its Marcia Swires has begun serving in the Université de Poitiers in France. She car-donation program.” newly created full-time position of senior previously worked as an accountant at For more information on the benefits accountant at the Music Academy. Astro Aerospace and Islands Publishing. of donating a car to the Music Academy, contact Jon Bishop at 695.7915. By Robert W. Weinman Baritone Ed Parks (’06) recently performed the role of the Count in Alumni NewsCellist Nicholas Canellakis (’01) performed Mendelssohn’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. … Soprano Jennifer String Quintet No. 1 in A Major with the Chamber Music Rivera (’97) recently appeared as Rosina at Portland Opera. … Pianist Society of Lincoln Center in May. … Cellist Fang Fang Xu Gilles Vonsattel (’99) performed with Ida Kavafian in Alice Tully Hall (’00) soloed in a Carnegie Hall performance of the Eric and gave a recital at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. … Pianist Whitacre musical Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. … Viktor Valkov (’06) recently performed as part of the series “Voices of Violist Jonathan Moerschel (’99, ’00, and ’01) and his American Music” in Zankel Hall. … Pianist Gregory DeTurck (’05), win- Calder Quartet were featured at Le Poisson Rouge in April. … ner of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, recently Violinist Minyoung Chang (’00 and ’02) has moved from gave a recital in Alice Tully Hall. … Vassily Primakov (’98) performed at the New York Philharmonic to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. the Caramoor Festival and is currently touring South Africa. His latest … Three string alumni are enjoying success with the ensem- recording of Mozart piano concertos was named “disk of the week” by ble Shir Ami, which is devoted to performing music sup- classical radio station WQXR and has received glowing reviews. … Pianist pressed by the Nazis. Noah Geller (’03 and ’04) also serves Anna Polonsky (’97 and ’98) gave a recital at the Morgan Library. She as first violin with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and violinist will also perform with Camerata Pacifica this season. … Pianist Richard Michael Klotz (’97 and ’98) and cellist Jason Calloway (’04) are part Glazier (’87) recently performed selections from the American Songbook of the well-known Amernet String Quartet. Shir Ami has performed all on Los Angeles’ KCET. … Soyeon Lee (’99) won first prize in the presti- over the United States and Canada, and just completed a European gious 2010 Naumburg Piano Competition and will have a solo recital in tour. … Violinist Giora Schmidt (’01) and cellist Zuill Bailey (’89, ’94, Weill Hall in March. … Pianist Tanya Gabrielian (’07) was to have her and ’95) have been touring the United States performing the Beethoven Paris debut at the famous Salle Cortot on October 11. … Douglas Triple Concerto (with pianist Navah Bailard (horn, ’63 and ’64) died on July 1 in Estes Park, Colorado. Perlman). … Violinist Ari Streisfeld Robert W. Weinman is a member of the Music Academy Board of Directors. (’01, ’02, and ’03) is a member of He chairs the Board’s Student Activities and Alumni Committee. the JACK Quartet based in New York. The new music group was the sub- ject of a recent New York Times feature by Anthony Tommasini. … Tenor Lance (Clinker) Ryan (’99) has become a star heldentenor. He recently performed Siegfried in Bayreuth and is scheduled to do so with Opera Frankfurt. He has also Soprano Susanna Phillips will performed Bacchus at the Met, perform at the Santa Barbara Dresden, and Vienna, and Calaf in Golf Invitational gala dinner Amsterdam. This month he will Oct. 18. perform Don Jose at La Scala. … Soprano Susanna Phillips (’02 and ’03) will perform in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in October with the Santa Barbara Symphony. She just won the prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award and recently appeared with mezzo Holli Harrison (’02) in Don Giovanni at Fort Worth Opera. … Tenor Leonard Capalbo (’00, ’01, and ’04) debuted this month at the Chicago Lyric Opera as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth. Thomas Hampson (’78 and ’79) plays the title role. … Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (‘02) was featured in a recent Opera News article that made note of her “bewitching singing and opalescent tone” and her “grave, self- possessed beauty.” She recently appeared in the Chicago Opera Theater A Place for Future Fellows production of Giasone. … Soprano Nadine Sierra (’07) and pianist Construction crews have made rapid progress on groundwork for Tamara Sanikidze (’07) have been named San Francisco Opera Adler the Luria Education Center. Once complete next summer, the Fellows for 2011. They are slated to appear in Opera Santa Barbara $11 million facility will include a 120-seat masterclass venue, productions in April. ... Soprano Kathleen Kim (’04) will star as an expanded music library and listening area, the latest in com- Madame Mao in the Met’s production of Nixon in China, which will be screened in Hahn Hall on February 12 and 13. … Soprano Elaine puter and networking technologies, critically needed individual Alvarez (’05) recently performed the role of Micaëla in Florida Grand and ensemble practice rooms and teaching facilities, an enclosed Opera’s production of Carmen. … Soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer dining pavilion and adjoining outdoor courtyard, a pair of (’02 and ’03) performed as Freia in Das Rheingold, which opened lounges, a catering kitchen, and a food service area. this year’s Met: Live in HD season at Hahn Hall on October 9. … NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA BARBARA, CA PERMIT NUMBER 55 www.musicacademy.org Council Spotlight S.B. Foundation Funds Internship For the Roneys, It’s All About Family Through its new Mini-Grants program, the Santa Barbara Foundation fully funded this year’s Music Academy Rick and Regina Roney were classical music novices when they arrived in Santa Barbara Professional Advancement Internship. as recently declared retirees in 2001. But a Newcomers Club event featuring a Music Spanning the Academy’s annual Summer School and Academy masterclass sampler would change that. Festival, the nine-week intern program is designed to help “We had very little knowledge of and exposure to opera or the symphony before coming here. We were too busy working and raising a family,” recalled Rick Roney, a participants prepare for careers in nonprofit fundraising. former high-tech executive whose family lived in the Bay Area for the previous 32 years. Charles F. Callahan II, who recently earned a master’s “We were just thrilled to be at the masterclass sam- degree at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, pler, not only to hear the music but to see the Fellow worked closely with Academy Institutional Advancement and teacher interact. I could actually hear the music staff on a variety of projects as this year’s intern. change and improve, even with my tin ear. It was amaz- “We are excited about funding the internship program,” ing to see the difference a master teacher could make.” said Ron Gallo, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Soon thereafter the Roneys’ involvement with the Music Academy grew by leaps and bounds. The couple Foundation, which administers philanthropic donations steadily set aside more of their summer schedule to in support of local nonprofits and college-bound students. attend Festival events before becoming Council of “There is nothing more important than identifying and Contributors members in 2005 and Compeers the year bringing along the next generation of leadership.” after that. “That really got us hooked,” said Regina. “Our first Fellow was a solo pianist, which led to our gaining a new appreciation for piano music. And then we had a Voice Fellow, who piqued our interest in opera quite significantly.” Now full-fledged Academy devotees, they routinely clear their calendar for the 2011 Vocal Auditions in Hahn Hall entirety of each eight-week Summer Festival. Donors at the “Soloist” level will have an opportunity in The Roneys, who originally met as high school students in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, December to hear some of the world’s most talented pride themselves on their civic engagement. They both spent a decade as full-time young singers as they vie for coveted positions in the volunteers for the Beyond War Foundation, and today Rick chairs the Santa Barbara Academy’s internationally renowned Voice Program for County Reentry Project, which aims to stem the cycle of recidivism among former state 2011. Voice Program candidates will perform live for prisoners. Regina, a former mediator and interior designer, actively supports the Santa Marilyn Horne and other faculty members in Hahn Hall Barbara Museum of Art and the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara. at 4 pm on December 4. Access to this event is The only thing they take more seriously than community work is family. The Roneys, reserved for Music Academy donors of $1,000 and who also enjoy art and film, seldom miss an opportunity to connect with their daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren in Sacramento. above. To become a supporter of the Academy’s full- “We are a very close-knit family. I think there’s a strong family element to the Music scholarship training program and receive your audition Academy of the West, which we couldn’t help but respond to,” said Regina. invitation, contact Shawn Rodriguez at 805.695.7916 For Council membership information, call 805.695.7915. or firstname.lastname@example.org.