The COS Music Department graduated six music majors this spring. "We are very proud of the fact that all six students were accepted to transfer to the first choir four year institutions," said Elaine Schaefer, Music Department instructor.
Will Russell, who majored in bass while at COS is transferring to Southern Oregon University (SOU) where he plans to major in Outdoor Education. While at COS, Will performed with the Concert Band, the Jazz Band, the Small Ensemble class and the Orchestra.
Patrick Cook, also a bass player, has been accepted by CSU, Chico where he will major in the Recording Industry. Patrick performed with the COS Orchestra, Concert Band, and the Pit Orchestra for this past springs' "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Will Russell and Patrick Cook were both bass students of Bruce Calin.
Giovanni Lamanna, a voice major who studied with Elaine Schaefer at COS, has been accepted by the Music Department at Sonoma State University in Santa Rosa, where he plans to major in Music Education. While at COS, Gio performed with the Concert Choir and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Gio is also the recipient of two scholarships - a $2,500 renewable scholarship from the Sonoma State University Music Department and a Ford Scholarship.
Zachary Boutin, who studied piano under Svitlana Smaga, has been accepted as a piano major at Southern Oregon University. Zachary performed with the COS Concert Band and the Small Ensemble class.
Justin Dutra, a trombone student under the tutelage of Brian McKee, will be moving on to Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia, to major in Music Therapy. Justin performed with the COS Concert Band and the Jazz Band and sang with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Paul Johnson, a voice major at COS is transferring to the University of the Pacific with a $5,000 renewable Ford Sons and Daughters scholarship where he will major in Music Therapy. Paul also sang with the COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
During the College of the Siskiyous Board of Trustees Meeting on May 2, Vice President of Instruction, Barry Russell, introduced Music Instructor, Elaine Schaefer, as the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty of the Year award. Vice President Russell said the selection of Ms. Schaefer's nomination was announced at the April Academic Senate Meeting and the award will be also be acknowledged during the College's Commencement Exercises on May 19.
Elaine Schaefer's selection as an Outstanding Faculty at College of the Siskiyous is well-deserved. She works very hard on-campus, and off-campus, to bring music into the lives of students and community members in Siskiyou County. She has a seemingly endless amount of energy. She is here early in the morning, late at night, and on the weekends to prepare her classroom and manage the various college performing groups," commented Dr. Russell.
Elaine Schaefer joined the COS faculty in 1996. She holds a Master of Music, in Conducting from the University of Regina. She continues to instruct a wide variety of music classes, including Concert Choir, Ladies Chamber Choir, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Ear Training, Fundamentals of Music, Applied Music, Music Composition, Introduction to Music Major and Voice. She annually conducts students in a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, Tri-Jazz Dinner and Concert, and "Pasta Pizzazz Dinner and Concert, works on the Spring Musical, and hosts a performance in honor of Women's History Month. For many years she was the Mount Shasta Jazz and Show Choir Camp Director. She developed the Music Scholarship Program and continues to raise funds in support of this program. Elaine has motivated many students to reach their musical goals. In speaking about the award, Elaine said, "I feel very honored to have been chosen from among so many hard working and dedicated faculty members."
All COS staff and the community were invited to nominate a faculty member for prestigious award. All COS full-time faculty were eligible for nomination. Nominations were made upon the following guidelines and were also used when making the final selection: 1) commitment to teaching and students, 2) commitment to the college mission, values and goals, 3) commitment to the institution, 4) commitment to his/her discipline, and 5) commitment to serving beyond the institution.
After sending in CDs of their spring, 2007, concerts to the selection committee for the California Music Educators' State Conference, both Sean Abel, director of the COS Jazz Band, and Elaine Schaefer, director of the COS Ladies' Chamber Choir, were notified that their groups were selected to perform for the conference on March 14 in Sacramento. This is a huge honor, said Elaine Schaefer. The COS Jazz Band was one of only two jazz bands chosen to perform for the three day conference. The COS Ladies' Chamber Choir was one of only three choirs to perform.
This was the third European tour that the choir has taken under the direction of music instructor Elaine Schaefer.
In 1999, Schaefer led a tour through Italy, where the choir sang in some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country, including the Sistine Chapel.
In 2003, she led a tour through Sweden, Finland, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia. "When we toured Italy, the country was in the middle of a heat wave," said Schaefer. "For our 2003 tour, I planned to go further north, thinking that it would be cooler. But the summer of 2003 offered one of the worst heat waves ever to settle over Europe. Luckily, we only caught the beginning of the heat wave and left before the worst hit. I was determined, this time, to find a place to tour where the weather would be more amenable. My friend, Father Aiden O'Reilley, assured me that Ireland never gets above 70 degrees in the summer. That sounded like the place to visit next."