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Chamber Choir

The Bob Cole Conservatory CHAMBER CHOIR from California State University, Long Beach is the premier choral ensemble at CSULB. Comprised of the top singers at the University, the CHAMBER CHOIR tours yearly and has concertized throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and China. The CHAMBER CHOIR performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences at Yale in 2009, at the College of Charleston in 2013, at the American Choral Directors Association Western Conventions in 2008 and 2012 and at the World Symposium of Choral Music in the Netherlands in 1999. Recently, the ensemble has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony. Alums of the CHAMBER CHOIR are teaching K-12 music in schools throughout California, running collegiate choral programs of nationwide importance, leading worship in church and synagogue, and are currently under contract as singers with the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Virginia Operas.

Since its inception in 1949, the ensemble has been conducted by a long line of nationally recognized conductors, including Frank Pooler, Ed Thompson, Leland Vail, Lynn Bielefelt, and Jonathan Talberg.

Singers interested in auditioning for the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir should consult the Voice Auditions Page.

University Choir

University Choir is a select ensemble of 65-75 voices. The University Choir has appeared before regional and national conventions of the ACDA and MENC, demonstrating its versatility in presenting works from the Renaissance through the 20th century. The choir has recorded extensively, and appears on soundtracks for film and video games. The University Choir was the first American choir to tour Scandinavia, and has toured extensively on 4 continents.

Forty-Niner Chorus

The Forty-Niner Chorus, comprised of over 100 singers, is open to all CSULB students who wish to sing and enjoy the choral art. The Forty-Niner Chorus often performs extended works by composers such as Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Orff. The ensemble combines with the Chamber Choir, University Choir, and University Symphony Orchestra to perform master works.

Women's Chorus

Women's Chorus provides the female vocalist with a unique singing experience in performing the rich repertoire of music composed especially for treble voices, from the Middle Ages to the present.

Men's Chorus

Men's Chorus is an auditioned ensemble open to all men at CSULB interested in performing various choral repertoire, while acquiring basic vocal technique and musicianship skills. The ensemble will have several performance opportunities throughout the academic year, including combined concerts with the 49er Chorus, Women's Chorus, University Choir, and Chamber Choir. To join Men's Chorus, register for MUS 200I (freshman and sophomores), 400I (juniors and seniors), or 600I (post-baccalaureate).

Jazz Choirs

Pacific Standard Time

Pacific Standard Time is a highly select 8-12 member ensemble, requiring refined musicianship and improvisation skills. The group performs a wide variety of vocal music in the jazz genre. Pacific Standard Time has appeared at both the American Choral Director's Western Division Convention and the California Music Educators Association Convention. The ensemble tours and records yearly.

Jazz And Tonic

Jazz And Tonic is a select 8-12 member vocal jazz ensemble. This group focuses on jazz harmony and style, as well as improvisation. Jazz and Tonic performs at concerts and jazz festivals annually.

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University Choir and Chamber Choir: A Serenade To Music

Jonathan Talberg and Olga Spriggs, directors

Presenting works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dominic DiOrio, Hugo Wolf, and a premiere by American Composer Richard Burchard, this concert will feature two of the finest collegiate choral ensembles in the United States. The Bob Cole Chamber Choir and CSULB University Choir maintain a significant touring and recording schedule; they have been featured in performances with the Rolling Stones, the Kronos Quartet, virtually all of Southern California’s professional musical organizations and on video and film soundtracks. The concert will feature the Bob Cole Conservatory’s newest professors on the performance faculty: internationally renowned violinist Moni Simeonov and Ted Atkatz, front man for the band NYCO and former principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony—playing Vaughan Williams and DiOrio, respectively.

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Fall Choral Concert: Women’s, Men’s, & ’49er Choruses

Regan MacNay, Jonathan Talberg, and Brian Dokko, conductors

From Barbershop to Renaissance madrigals, contemporary a cappella to beloved spirituals there’s something for everyone when our choirs come together for a ’prism concert’—one hour and fifteen minutes of great music in all sorts of styles.

  • Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • 8:00pm
  • TBD
  • Tickets $10/7 @ the door

Opera Masterpieces

David Anglin, director

The singers of the Opera Institute are featured in our annual fall performance of favorite arias and ensembles from the operatic repertoire.

Pacific Standard Time & Jazz and Tonic

Christine Guter and Ian Brekke, directors

Details TBA.

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • 4:00pm / 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Opera Scenes

Brian Farrell, director

In our second fall Opera offering, the younger singers present an evening of favorite operatic arias and ensembles.

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Winter Festival Concert

Ian Brekke, Moana Dherlin, Brian Dokko, Christine Guter, Olga Spriggs, and Jonathan Talberg, conductors

More than 200 singers ring in the holidays with favorite carols, songs, and classical works in Long Beach’s greatest Winter extravaganza. Set in the historic sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Long Beach, this traditional concert has thrilled audiences for three decades! Enjoy the majesty of the great Moeller organ, handbells, vocal jazz, and, of course the combined voices of all seven CSULB choirs!

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