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Congratulations to alumna, Alexandra Iranfar. Her duo "One Great City' has been named artist-in-residence at the Chamber Music in Marin Concert Series. The duo is performing on November 18th, 2012 at 5 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church Chapel in San Francisco. Read all the duo and the concert at onegreatcityduo.com.

Congratulations to Katelyn Vahala for placing 2nd in the 2012 Zeiter Piano Competition at the University of the Pacific!

PCM Practice A Thon Raises Over $2,200
Student David Rodgers organized the 3rd Annual Practice A Thon for piano students, which ran October 21 through November 4. 21 students participated. Tyler Hernandez took home the prize for most raised with a total of $400. Most sponsored student was Taia Cheng with six sponsors this year. With 60 hours and 14 minutes of practice Katelyn Vahala won most minutes practiced. Our new piano instructor, Stephen Cook had the most students participate from his studio but Susan Svrcek's studio had the most minutes practiced. All together we are very proud of another year well done and well practiced.

Cantando Piano Quartet Salzburg-Bound
The Cantando Piano Quartet, one of several ensembles participating in the Chamber Music program at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, has been selected through the auspices of Junior Chamber Music to study and perform at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, in April 2012.

Coached by Conservatory master teacher Andrew Cook, students Geneva Lewis (13), violin; Ben Penzner (15), viola; Alex Mansour (14), cello; and Katelyn Vahala (15), piano, are preparing to join the Mozarteum Concert Tour April 7 to 15. Included in their schedule are three morning practice sessions, two master classes, a dress rehearsal and a final concert.

The quartet will present a Salzburg-Bound Benefit Concert at the Pasadena Conservatory on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 pm. The performance will be followed by a reception featuring fine wines, gourmet cheeses and holiday desserts. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple and may be purchased via email at music@pasadenaconservatory.org or by calling 626-683-3355. All proceeds from the concert will enable the young artists of the Cantando Piano Quartet to study and perform at the Mozarteum.  


PCM Students' Concert Raises Over $3,000 for Haiti Earthquake Victims.

Read CJ Dablo's article on KPCC Radio's website and see a video about the remarkable young Pasadena Conservatory students who organized a concert and raised more than $3,000 for Haitian earthquake victims.

Music critic Theodore Bell posts a glowing review of the fourth A Tour Through Time concert at the Norton Simon Museum. Follow the link to Culture Spot.

In her LA Times article, Playing Along with the Mozart Effect: Studies of Music's Effect on Children, reporter Melissa Healy states, "Learning to make music changes the brain and boosts broad academic performance. Findings across the board suggest that, even for a kid who will not grow up to be a Wynton Marsalis or a Joshua Bell, spending money and time on music lessons and practice is a solid investment in mental fitness."

The Sounds of Joyful Abandon
Read a musically literate mother's discovery of the joys of early childhood music study at the Conservatory. Ilsa Setziol's article appears in the Arroyo Monthly magazine.