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Choral, Vocal, and Opera Ensembles

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is proud to offer a wide variety of choral ensembles for the aspiring professional musician. Coached and conducted by the foremost leaders in the field, the ensembles exhibit a very high level of performance excellence. Each ensemble is in popular demand and performs concerts both on and off campus. The philosophy of the choral music program is to provide students with a wide exposure to and performance of the standard and contemporary choral literature.


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—for the last 13 seasons—Jonathan Talberg.

Singers interested in auditioning for the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir should consult the 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. Dr. Adam Con conducts the University Choir.

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. Olga Artemova conducts the Forty-Niner Chorus.

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. Dr. Jonathan Talberg conducts the Women's Chorus.

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). Stacy Oh directs the Men's Chorus.

Jazz Choirs

CSULB is proud to have two Jazz Choirs, the acclaimed Pacific Standard Time, and Jazz and Tonic. More information on the Vocal Jazz program at CSULB can be found in Jazz Studies.

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. The ensemble is directed by Christine Guter.

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. The group is directed by Glynis Davies.

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