Music success stories

DVC vocal jazz ensembles win big at Reno Jazz Festival 

Jazz ensemble smiling togetherJoin us in congratulating two DVC vocal jazz ensembles, Dreaming in Burgundy and Silent K, for placing first and third in their division at the Reno Jazz Festival . The Music Department took nearly 50 instrumental and vocal students to the three day event. Participants enjoyed competing, listening to other ensembles, and learning new skills in clinics with leading jazz educators from around the country. One of the highlights included seeing the performance of jazz legend Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus. Both vocal jazz ensembles are led by faculty members Bret Peppo and Ben Flint with student directors Jasmine Reyes and Holly Camacho.  DVC applauds both groups for their dedication to music and thanks them for their hard work in representing our school at the festival. Congratulations! 

Dr. Nick Vasallo honored at CSUEB 40 Under 40 Alumni Awards ceremony

Nick Vasallo smiling and helping students"It is such an honor to be awarded the inaugural 40 Under 40 Award from Cal State East Bay . As I have attended and taught at both schools, I consider DVC and CSUEB my homes. Music composition has given me such a purpose and direction in life that I feel obligated and honored to pass my knowledge and experience on to students. I believe if you have the desire to compose, you should not only have the opportunity to learn how, but also hear your music performed. That was truly a life-changing experience for me, and I have had the good fortune to see it come full-circle. Years ago, my first composition was performed at DVC, and now I have the privilege of creating music composition courses for the next generation of composers." 

Dr. Nick Vasallo is an award-winning composer and professor of music. He teaches music composition at all levels, from beginners to post-graduate students. Dr. Vasallo created the music composition programs at Diablo Valley College and Cal Poly Pomona. He has taught music theory and composition at UC Santa Cruz, CSU East Bay, Cal Poly Pomona, Gavilan College, and DVC. His students have went on to have successful careers as media composers, concert music composers, and graduate students at prestigious composition programs throughout the Unites States. Dr. Vasallo is the recipient of the San Francisco Classical Voice Music Educator Award 2013. His music has been performed worldwide and can be seen/heard on his website .