BYU Singers Alumni Hymn Project

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be in BYU Singers for 4 years, and during that time with the ensemble I had many life changing experiences both on and off stage. I’ve participated in some electrifying performances which have stirred the hearts of those listening and helped to change lives. It’s an experience I will always remember and cherish.

I feel very strongly about this ensemble’s long-term life and want to see it continue to grow and perform for even more people. There’s a really wonderful recording project going on right now with the alumni of the choir. We are recording hymns of all sorts to give away for free and to help spread our influence even further. We’ve also started a fund raiser to contribute to the BYU Singers Endowment.

The BYU Singers Endowment Fund helps to support the touring of BYU Singers, as well as financial aid to students who would qualify for BYU Singers but might not be able to afford tour costs, among other things. I would very much like to see this endowment grow and support future generations of singers.

If you can, please visit their fund-raising page and contribute something; anything that you are able to. Even as a broke graduate student, I’ve felt very fulfilled to have contributed to this cause, even in a small way.

Singing with the Rolling Stones

Did I forget to mention that I recently sang with the Rolling Stones for three of their shows a few weeks back? Well, I did! USC Chamber Singers got invited to sing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” for their two shows at the Honda Center in Anaheim and then at the Staples Center in downtown LA.

It was a great experience and a good way to end my first year at USC.  We all got in-ear monitors, got to rehearse with the band, was given our own suite, and got to watch the show three times. I have to admit, I’m not that big of a fan, but at least I can understand how big of a deal this is.

Because of an agreement I signed I couldn’t take any pictures or videos while onstage or during rehearsal. However, someone in the audience got a great video during that actual show. You can only really hear us at the beginning and end, but I was there (on stage and screen). Here it is:

New Job at KUSC

kusc cat top media_2This last week I started an internship at KUSC, the classical radio station for the Los Angeles area. Currently I’m writing content for their apps Soundsnips, WorldVenues, and Geotunes (an app with Spotify).

Soundsnips which lets you listen to great music and then gives you some info about the music and it’s composer while you’re listening. WorldVenues is a great little encyclopedia about various concert halls around the world which pictures and video. Geotunes is like geocaching with music showing different music written for different locations.

It’s been great! I get to read and write about classical music all day and work with great people. The work I’ve done so far won’t be available until we do an update, which we’ll do soon. Until then, go ahead and download these and see what you think. You can also download KUSC’s regular app.

That’s one bit of news. I also got a car! More news might come later.