Student Spotlight

Alison Poteracke: Body and Soul

It is only fitting for Jazz Studies major Alison Poteracke to name her first book of fiction after the jazz standard, “Body and Soul.” Wait. Book of fiction? By a music student? It is true, Alison’s love story about two forty-something musicians has been published by Tate Publishing. Of the tens of thousands of submissions that Tate receives every year, only a few are selected for publication. Alison, who plays the tenor saxophone and studies jazz composition and audio engineering, wrote the book during recovery from hand surgery.

“I sent it to a publisher that helps to get beginning writers off the ground,” she said. “I signed a contract with them but couldn’t believe it was true until I received a proof copy in the mail.”

Alison says that her family is even more thrilled than she is. Her dad, uncle and aunt are all writers but Alison is the first in the family to have a completed, published book. Congratulations Alison!




Vocalists Sweep NATS Competition

fffVoice Majors Esther Rayo, Jenny Thuman, Christopher Trujillo and Katie Barnes placed either 1st or 2nd in the 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing (N.A.T.S.) competition scholarship held on the Sonoma State Univeristy campus.


Newman hitting all the right notes

“Every time a school showed interest,” Newman said, “I went to their website. I wanted to see what they offered in their music programs. Most of the schools put little emphasis on jazz. Mostly classical and symphony. Nothing wrong with that. I love all music. But jazz was my thing.” (Read Full Story on Press Democrat)


SSU Music Students Selected for National Band Conference

Emily Moore (flute), Nicholas Cooper (clarinet), Christina Penrose (clarinet), and Casey Jones (bass clarinet) participated in the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band at the CBDNA Western Division conference, which took place at the University of Nevada at Reno campus.

fffThe students were part of a select group of college musicians nominated by band directors from throughout the western states. The Intercollegiate Band rehearsed a set of challenging wind band repertoire, led by Dr. Thomas Duffy from Yale University.
Works performed included Canzona by Peter Menin, Cheetah by Karel Husa, Chant Funeraire by Gabriel Faure, Tumbao from Sinfonia No. 3 "Salsa" by Roberto Sierra, Dr. Duffy's own Butterflies and Bees, and the Country Band March of Charles Ives. The concert was presented as the culminating performance at the conference.