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Chamber Choir

The Bob Cole Chamber Choir's premiere performance of Richard Burchard's Lamentations of Jeremiah.

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.

The Bob Cole Singers after performing High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
The Bob Cole Singers after performing High Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy.

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

The Downbeat Award winning Pacific Standard Time.
The Downbeat Award winning 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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The Beach Café

Jonathan Talberg, director

Join us for our wonderful Coffee House Cabaret, where our students shine in all types of music. From Musical Theatre to Jazz, from Opera to Rock ’n’ Roll, you never know what you’ll get at the Beach Café. Dessert and coffee are provided by the generosity of the Long Beach Starbucks stores.

  • Friday, February 13, 2015
    Saturday, February 14, 2014
  • 7:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10

Alumni Recital

Nathan Stark, voice

Praised by the Washington Post as having a voice of "unearthly power," Nathan Stark from Hughson, California has performed on operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and China.

His 2014-15 season currently includes Mustafa in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera San José, Monterone in Rigoletto with Atlanta Opera, Sparafucile in Rigoletto in a return to Opera in the Heights, bass soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy with Canton Symphony Orchestra, and singing in recital at El Camino College…

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Men’s, Women’s, and ’49er Choruses

Brian Dokko, Regan MacNay, and Jonathan Talberg, conductors

Celebrate the beginning of Spring with a wonderful concert by our ’town and gown’ ensembles. Made up of students, faculty and alumni from throughout the University, our Men’s, Women’s and ’49er Choruses celebrate the beauty of community and joy of singing in this special St. Patrick’s Day Concert.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Chamber Choir & University Choir with special guests, The University of Washington Chamber Choir, present: "Legacy and Friendship"

Geoffrey Boers, Olga Spriggs, and Jonathan Talberg, conductors

This special concert features selections chosen by alumni of the Choral Studies program over the last 65 years. Repertoire includes the "Hymn to St. Cecilia" of Benjamin Britten, "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen" by Johannes Brahms, and classic repertoire by Morten Lauridsen, Frank Pooler, and Egil Hovland. This concert will sell out; buy your tickets early!

  • Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Donizetti’s Elixir of Love

Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor, Andrew Chown, director

  • Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 8:00pm
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 2:00pm/8:00pm
    Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 2:00pm
  • University Theatre
  • Tickets $25/15 (Students Only)

Pacific Standard Time and Jazz & Tonic

Christine Guter, director

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • 4pm/8pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Women’s and Men’s Choruses

Jonathan Talberg and Stacey Oh, conductors

  • Monday, May 4, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7
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