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Auditions Announced for Verdi Chorus Spring Concert In Santa Monica

Music Director and Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum has been the conductor of the Verdi Chorus since its inception in 1983. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Choral Conducting and a Master's degree in Voice Performance from California State University, Northridge, where she studied choral conducting with John Alexander and served as his assistant conductor. As a singer, she has appeared internationally and is well known for her performances of contemporary art music, vocal chamber music, solo recitals, and opera. She has made several recordings of contemporary music. Among her more recent activities Ms. Ketchum was the Stage Director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council - Western Region Showcase Concerts in Palm Springs for five years. She helped create This and My Heart: A Portrait of Emily Dickinson in Text and Song, a concert/theater piece which she co-wrote and performed with actress Linda Kelsey and pianist Victoria Kirsch. This was presented as part of Grand Performances in Los Angeles and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles. Anne Marie Ketchum's latest recording, a piece entitled Recordatio for soprano and ten instruments, was written for her by Aurelio de la Vega, and was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2017. -- Broadway World Los Angeles

Report lists top affordable LGBT-friendly colleges in the nation

Among the list of top five most affordable colleges for in-state residents, based on their in-state costs and the average financial aid awarded to each student, are the University of Washington-Seattle campus; University of Maine at Machias; Purdue University; California State University, Northridge; and the University of Minnesota-Morris. The cost of attendance for these schools for in-state students ranges from about $19,000 to 26,000. -- The Bay Area Reporter

Big West basketball: Cal Poly enduring growing pains

Sunday: UC Riverside at UTEP, noon Cal State Fullerton at San Francisco, 1 p.m. William Jessup at UC Davis, 2 p.m. Pacific at CSUN, 3 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Hawaii, 7 p.m. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Through Central American Studies Programs, New, Vital Voices Are Emerging

Central American Studies still remains a fairly new field of study. For decades, the subcontinent of Central America has been studied by political scientists, historians and sociologists, but much of their research has not ended up in classroom textbooks or lectures through official programs. California State University at Northridge is one of the few that has established a Bachelor of Arts program in Central American Studies. Attending CSU-Northridge and enrolling in this program allows undergraduate students, for the first time, to dedicate their studies to exploring the major questions they may have about their homelands in way other universities fall short of doing. -- Study Breaks

Beach science – Born in Redondo

Adult Giant Sea Bass are denizens of California and Mexico’s kelp forests, rocky reefs and wrecks, and are familiar to many SCUBA divers. But until recently, nobody knew where to find their babies. In 2013, then-Masters of Science student Stephanie Benseman of California State University at Northridge began a multi-year research project to find out where the babies lived, how they lived, and how fast they grew. In 2013 she searched high and low along the Southern California coast but didn’t find any. Then in 2014, after a Redondo diver remarked that she had seen one, Benseman found a baby Giant Sea Bass on her next dive in the shallows off the Veterans Park stairs. After finding more off Redondo and other submarine canyons, she realized that searching sandy shallows inshore from the tips of submarine canyons was the key to finding them. That year, I began helping with her studies while also beginning my own studies of baby Giant Sea Bass that continue to present day. I’ve spent over 250 hours underwater studying baby Giant Sea Bass at Nursery Sites, mostly along Redondo Beach. We’ve learned a lot. -- Easy Reader News