Vanguard to Host Chamber Music Concert on April 12

For a night of instrumental serenades, come to Vanguard’s Spring Chamber Music Concert on April 12.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. in Needham Chapel. It will be an evening of duets, a triplet and a quintet playing instruments like the violin and piano to the organ and bassoon. Six pieces will be performed during the one-hour concert.

The chamber music pieces date back to the 1800s with one more modern piece from 1961. Eighteen students will perform in their separate groups contributing with their individual instruments. Composers include: Craig Phillips, Mel Bonis, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Marcel Tournier, Astor Piazzolla (arr. Jose Bragato) and Robert Schumann. In addition, various musical movements will be represented in the pieces performed.

This is a great opportunity to hear the musical talents of some of Vanguard’s gifted students.

To see contact information for the event, click here.

Vanguard to Host A Night of Spoken Word on April 11

Bring your snapping fingers for an evening of spoken word from performers Janette…ikz and Ezekiel from the Passion 4 Christ Movement (P4CM).

On April 11, Vanguard will host a spoken word event for students, faculty, alumni and the community. The event is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in the Vanguard University Scott Courtyard.

P4CM brings together artists with a passion for Christ to creatively spread Biblical truth to the ends of the earth. Two of these artists, poets Janette…ikz and Ezekiel Azonwu, will be the featured speakers for Vanguard’s spoken word event. Another P4CM poet, Jose Palos, is in Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies. For a preview of their work, you can visit P4CM’s YouTube page.

Director of Diversity Programming and coordinator for the event, Thandiwe Dinani said: “Janette and Ezekiel are actually being brought back to Vanguard due to popular demand. We did an event last year, and students loved it so much that they asked if we could bring them again.” Last year, the event packed out the chapel and the café.”

Current students initially came up with the idea for a P4CM event at Vanguard.  After attending a P4CM event in Los Angeles, they encouraged Dinani to check out the movement and its artists. Impressed with their work and ministry, Dinani helped coordinate bringing artists to do an event at Vanguard last year. The turnout was great and the desire for more apparent.

After last year’s event, many students stayed and talked with Janette…ikz and Ezekiel about how they write and where they draw their inspiration. This impromptu question and answer time lasted for more than an hour. In response, this year there will be a free writer’s workshop in the Vanguard University Smith Hall, classroom 101 from 7 to 8 p.m. The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to improve their poetry skills with the help of Janette…ikz and Ezekiel.

You will also not want to miss Thursday morning campus chapel in Newport Mesa at 9:30 a.m., led by P4CM.

The spoken word event is free to college students and qualifies for chapel credit, so students should bring their IDs. It costs $5 for alumni and $10 for off-campus adults.

To learn more about the Passion 4 Christ Movement, click here.

Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to Host the 2013 Spring Classical Concert

On Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Vanguard University Department of Music will present the 2013 Spring Classical Concert.

A continued favorite among the community, Vanguard’s annual Spring Classical Concert combines the musical talents of the Vanguard Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra with the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir.  The concert will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA.

This year the choirs and orchestra will perform Fauré’s Requiem and Handel’s Coronation Anthem #3: The King Shall Rejoice. In past years, performances have included works from Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, W.A. Mozart, G.F. Handel and many other famous classical composers. Also, some works from contemporary composers, such as Dan Forrest, have been performed.

Dr. James L. Melton, Vanguard’s Chair of the Department of Music, will conduct the concert. Along with teaching music education and conducting the 90-voice University Concert Choir, Dr. Melton is the conductor for the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir. The Spring Concert provides Dr. Melton an annual opportunity to bring together these choirs and Vanguard’s concert orchestra to create a beautiful composition of these talented voices and instruments.

For more information and ticket prices, click here.

Vanguard to Host 2013 Surf Competition and All School Beach Day on April 6

Looking to catch some rays and waves? Come to Vanguard’s 2013 Surf Competition and All School Beach Day on Saturday, April 6 at 40th Street in Newport Beach.

Vanguard’s second annual Surf Competition and All School Beach Day offers fun in the sand and the water.  Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event is free to everyone and you can show up whenever you want. There will be free food, drinks, games, giveaways and of course, surfing.

With a beach volleyball tournament starting at 10 a.m., a team sand building contest following at 11 a.m., and surfing all the while, this is one fun-filled day you won’t want to miss.

For more information, visit the Facebook page by clicking here.

Vanguard’s Choir and Orchestra Led Community in Worship at YMCA Prayer Breakfast

On March 29, 2013, Vanguard University’s choir and orchestra participated in the Anaheim Family YMCA’s 46th annual Good Friday Breakfast.

The breakfast took place at the Anaheim Marriot bringing together members of the community for fellowship and worship. Vanguard’s music students have been an essential part of the event for the past 13 years.

“We always look forward to partnering with the Y and having the opportunity to inspire a community through praise and worship,” said Dr. Carol Taylor, President of Vanguard University. “Not only did our students showcase their talents, but they also reminded us of why we honor Good Friday.”

This year’s master of ceremonies, KOCE’s Ed Arnold, introduced the Vanguard University Choir and Orchestra and the keynote speaker, Jeff Kemp, a former NFL quarterback and vice president at Family Life and Catalyst for the HomeBuilders Movement. Kemp shared about many of his life experiences and the valuable perspective he holds on teams, leadership, family and marriage.

“Through their musical talent, professionalism, and willingness to be an integral part of this community-focused event, the students add an element of faith and service that is at the core of what we do here at the Y,” Paul Andresen, president and CEO at the Anaheim Family YMCA, said. “We look forward to their continued participation in this event and in others as we identify additional ways to honor God and serve the community together. ”

For more information on the Good Friday Prayer Breakfast and the YMCA’s future events, visit