Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00
Greenvale resident Bryce Larsen, a graduate of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, appeared recently on the popular TV show, American Idol, and advanced to the next round in the music competition.
Judge Simon Cowell said, “Four yeses” in response to the decision of the four judges to advance him to the next round in the competition, which will be held in Hollywood. Randy Jackson said, “You’re going to Hollywood!” Larsen, his parents and sister, and three friends were shown chanting “Hollywood! Hollywood! Hollywood!” Also serving as judges were Kara DioGuardi and Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.
Larsen appeared recently in a pre-taped segment on Fox 5’s Good Day New York. Reporter Julie Chang followed him and two other New Yorkers through the grueling audition process. Larson told Chang, “Music is my life.” Fox 5 co-host Greg Kelly remarked, “Keep an eye on Bryce Larsen.” Co-host Rosanna Scotto added, “He has the total package.” Chang called him a “blue-eyed charmer.”
Larsen auditioned in Boston at Gillette Stadium this past summer. Larsen’s television appearance was on Jan. 12, during the ninth season premier of the FOX television show.
Larsen, 26, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music from the School of Visual and Performing Arts from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in May 2007.
As a student, he performed in the C.W. Post Symphonic Band, the C.W. Post Jazz Ensemble, the Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Long Island University C.W. Post Chorus. He studied under jazz musicians and educators Christopher Culver, Richard Iacona, Jennifer Miceli, and Lex Dashnaw. Between classes and performing, he worked part time at the Pratt Recreation Center on campus.
Since 2001, Larsen has been lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Stealing Jane, an eight-piece pop/rock band based in Long Island. The band has played throughout the northeastern United States and has performed with such well-known acts as The Spin Doctors, Lifehouse, Hanson, Tower of Power, Toots & the Maytals, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and many others. As a solo performer, Larsen opened for Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter Idina Menzel at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the C.W. Post Campus in March 2009.
Larsen grew up in Locust Valley and graduated from North Shore High School in nearby Glen Head in 2001. Following his graduation from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, he gave private music lessons in guitar, piano, trumpet, violin and vocals to elementary, middle and high school students. He is presently a substitute teacher at North Shore High School. His father, Carl Larsen, a hospital radiology department manager, also is an alumnus of C.W. Post, Class of 1975.