Vanguard University’s Jung-A Lee Performs at United States Military Academy

Vanguard University adjunct professor and professional musician Dr. Jung-A Lee recently performed at the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York in April.

Dr. Lee, a world-renowned organist, pianist, and conductor, performed a variety of musical pieces including the Allegro from Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony No 6 in G minor, and the Allegro and Grave-Larghetto from Julius Reubke’s 94th Psalm Sonata at the Academy.

Lee gives about seventy concerts throughout the year as a concert organist and collaborative pianist and recently played for the performance of the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony under the direction of Maestro John Alexander in Segerstrom Hall. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, earned her Master of Music degree from Yale University with a full scholarship, and received her Doctor of Musical arts degree in organ performance from Boston University. Lee also served as an organ scholar of the Memorial Church at Harvard University from 2001-2003.

Her teachers have included James David Christie, Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, John Tuttle, Karl Hochreither, and Michael Bloss. Lee also participated in the master classes with Olivier Latry, Marilyn Keiser, Susan Landale, and Gerre Hancock. In Boston and Toronto she worked with fine conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Doreen Rao, and Chai-Hoon Park.

In April 2009, Lee founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music. She is currently the chairman of the non-profit organization that consists of twelve board members.

For further information about Dr. Jung-A Lee, please visit here.

Vanguard Singers and Band to Travel Across Europe

From May 9-28, 27 members of the Vanguard Singers and Band, plus two faculty and staff members, will travel across Europe to perform concerts, assist in leading services at a music/worship conference, and participate in street evangelism.

The church in Western Europe is in dire need of the Gospel, especially in today’s world of uncertainty and unrest. Because music is a unique gift that is universal in both language and appeal, there will be limitless opportunities for these students to make an impact.

The group of students will be traveling across all of Western Europe, including Germany, France, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, and Portugal. During portions of their trip, they will be hosted by members of the Madchenkantorei Chros of Bad Saulgau, Germany, which participated in the Carnegie Hall tour with Vanguard in 2006, and who Vanguard hosted here in Southern California during May of 2009.

Several concerts have been planned in some of the oldest Baroque churches and cathedrals in southern Germany, as well as in the Bavarian Cultural Arts Center. The students will also be staying in church member homes of the Cova Piedade (Assembly of God) Church of Lisbon, Portugal, providing a wonderful cross-cultural experience for those involved.

The Vanguard Singers and Band is the longest established music ministry group at Vanguard and has been in existence for over 40 years. There have been many past overseas tours that have greatly impacted our students and those they have reached, including Europe, South Korea, China, Japan, Mexico and Canada.

For further information on Vanguard Singers and Band, please visit here.

Professor Gary Tyra Writes New Book

Vanguard University Associate Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology, Dr. Gary Tyra, has announced that his third book, Christ’s Empowering Presence, will be released in early June.

Christ’s Empowering Presence is a beautiful book that touches on the notion that we all have deep longings that can be healed by Christ’s empowering presence, but that there is a constant struggle to make that a reality within our lives. In this book, Tyra claims that the cultivation of an ongoing awareness of Christ’s presence in readers’ lives will transform the life of the reader instantly and open new doorways for dynamic change inside.

Christ’s Empowering Presence is the result of a life-changing assignment from Dallas Willard that required Tyra to read over 4,000 pages from classic and contemporary works devoted to the theme of Christian spirituality. The book will challenge and cultivate readers to adhere to the disciplines of Jesus and many others, including prayer, study, fasting, solitude, silence, work, worship, celebration, fellowship, submission, confession, and service.

“I really had an experience being exposed to the dynamic of Christ’s empowering presence and it deeply affected my walk with Christ, so I wanted to share that with others,” said Tyra. “This book can be an ongoing spiritual life-source for people, filled with quotes from spiritual masters to motivate and allow readers to experience a moment-by-moment mentoring theme with Jesus.”

Christ’s Empowering Presence will be on sale June 10. For further information on the book, or to pre-order it, please visit here. To learn more about Dr. Gary Tyra and the Department of Religion at Vanguard University, visit here.

Vanguard University President Dr. Carol Taylor Nominated for Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award

Vanguard University is proud to announce that Dr. Carol Taylor has been nominated for the 2011 Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Awards. The winner will be announced on May 25 at the OCBJ Luncheon and Awards Program at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

The Women in Business Awards Program is designed to recognize Orange County women who have made impactful contributions to their professions as well as within their communities. Their tenacity and drive have established, nurtured, guided and transformed countless successful businesses. Women are influential members of the OC business community, whether in the corporate, entrepreneurial or not-for-profit sector. With 93,406 women-owned businesses in 2007, Orange County ranked 6th among counties nationwide according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.

“I already have the great joy of serving one of Orange County’s finest colleges – Vanguard University, so it is an added honor to be nominated as one of OCJB’s 2011 Women in Business and to be included with so many outstanding professional women in Orange County” says Dr. Taylor.

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University ( is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard # 9 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2010 rankings of colleges and universities. The Princeton Review named VU a 2010 “Best Western College.”