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La Bohème (SOLD OUT) // Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm

Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, L.A. Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Career Counseling Appointments
June through July, in LA and on-campus
By pre-arranged appointment only, please email careers@calarts.edu

Professional Development Summer Series: Grant Writing Fundamentals 
June 15, Details TBA

Summer Soiree with Art Center and Otis
Coming this July, Details TBA

Professional Development Workshop Preceding Summer Soiree
Coming this July, Details TBA

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade, 2006-2016) Alumni Mixer
Monday, September 26 at 7:00 pm
Maker City LA at the REEF
1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

CalArts Weekend, October 14 & 15
Starts with Alumni Kickoff Party Friday @ 530pm
Tai-Chi, Brunch, Presentations and Panels Saturday

The votes are in! John Schwerbel '14 elected as Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees

With a total of 767 ballots from fellow alumni submitted, John Schwerbel '14 (BFA Music) has recieved the most votes (23%) for the position of Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees. He was followed by Jahcobie Cosom '12 and Kali Nikitas '90, earning 18% and 13% of the votes, respectively. 

Many thanks to our talented alumni who stood for election, and to all who voted in this important process. 

John is excited to be leading the CalArts community in this role. He will officially begin in July and participate in Board meetings during his two-year term. We look forward to sharing opportunities to get to know John over the next months. John's bio is below. Join us in welcoming him on Facebook or email alumni@calarts.edu!

John Schwerbel '14 (BFA Music)

Professional Background and Recognition: 

John Schwerbel began his career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as an intern, which quickly grew into him being hired as thier Artistic Liaison . He now serves as thier Artistic Planning Coordinator. He also has designed a jazz music curriculum for the  Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. 

His recognition and honors include the following: 

Los Angeles Philharmonic representative at the League of American Orchestras "Essentials of Orchestra Management" conference

Featured on CalArts Jazz CD recorded at Capitol Records

CalArts- Herb Alpert School of Music Scholarship Recipient

CalArts- Travel Grant Recipient (for Luggage Store Gallery Creative Music Series Performance in San Francisco

Record of Serving Others, Leadership and Collaboration: 

John has been a student teacher with CalArts' Community Arts Partnership (CAP), serving youth in the community by building their artistic talents. He has also served the CalArts community as the Producer/Artist Relations for the CalArts- Capitol Records 25th Anniversary Jazz CD Concert, and as the Producer/Music and Artistic Director for Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra concert at REDCAT. In the latter, he worked alongside with Charlie to lead rehearsals, program the repertoire, manage the orchestra, oversee logistics such as rehearsal and performance schedules and created riders, contractual language and stage plots, "constantly finding creative, delicate ways to balance Charlie's vision and often grueling perfectionism with the orchestra's ability as a whole their opintions as individuals." This continues in the work he does at the LA Phil, looking to build its future  by merging artistic visions and talents with broad organizational goals. He attributes his success there to understanding the balance between art and commerce, financial stability and artistic access, opportunity and freedom. 

"My largest contribution has been my service to CalArts after graduation by engaging alumni in professional contexts, building connections in my communities and serving as an enthusiastic ambassador for the institute. I have spread the message and vision of the institute into the greater Los Angeles arts scene while maintaining a deep connection and love for CalArts. I can't think of a day that goes by without talking about CalArts in some context." 

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