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Assistant Professor Mildred Yi Represents Vanguard at National Music Education Conference

Vanguard University Music Department’s Assistant Professor Mildred Yi,  presented a study on music teacher education at the 2016 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Music Research and Teacher Education, Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, March 18. The research poster was titled, “Practice Teacher Performance Assessment for Preservice Music Teachers” This study examines the inter-judge reliability of a practice teacher performance assessment designed as a learning tool for preservice music teachers. The modified assessment rubric is intended to serve as a preparation for the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a novice teacher evaluation system developed by Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), which many states have recently adopted to serve as a measure of readiness for the profession.

Click here to see a synopsis of Professor Yi’s presentation.

Last month, Professor Yi was featured at the California All-State Education Conference in San Jose, CA. Below is the article discussing her involvement in the conference.


Fantasia Faculty Q&A




Sure, we at the Music Department know each of our awesome faculty is good at what they do.  But what else do they enjoy?  Each year before Fantasia, we like to highlight one of our professors and get to know a little more about them.  This year, we asked our beloved Professor Mildred Yi some fun questions (and added some handy links for your enjoyment).  Check it out!


Music Dept: What is your favorite Christmas carol?
Yi: The First Noel


Music Dept: What is one of your best Christmas memories?
Yi: Celebrating first Christmases with my children


Music Dept: What Christmas tradition or activity do you enjoy the most?
Yi: My children get a special book for each Christmas


Music Dept: What was one of the best Christmas presents you received?
Yi: Getting a Pound Puppy (stuffed animal) with a red sweatshirt


Music Dept: What is a random fact about you that people probably wouldn’t guess?
Yi: Hiked in the Himalayas, like to eat jellyfish


And now a question for you:


Have you been to our annual Christmas Fantasia yet?


If your answer is “No”, then you’re in a for a real treat!  
If you’re answer is “Yes”, then you’ve probably been excited all year for the next one!


Either way, we invite you, your family and your friends to join us as our faculty and students all come together to bring in the holiday season and celebrate the birth of our King!  Click here for more information on this fantastic concert! | (714) 966-5441 |


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Spotlight: Dr. Izumi Kashiwagi & Her Upcoming Chamber Music Recital

Dr. Izumi Kashiwagi is preparing to hold a Chamber Music Recital on campus on Tuesday, October 20th at 5:00 PM in Needham Chapel.  She is the recipient of many scholarships and awards, and she earned masters and doctorate degrees in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from University of Southern California under the instruction of Kevin Fitz-Gerlad receiving full scholarship, Koldofsky fellowship and teaching assistantship. She has been active in performing in Los Angeles and Tokyo and has acknowledged as Liszt scholar/Piano artist from Liszt International Competition in Los Angeles and has collaborated with various renowned artists such as the former principal cellist of Los Angeles Philharmonic and the violin professor at the Eastman School of Music. 

Q: How did you get interested in music, and what specifically drew you to the piano?

I am the youngest in my family, and my siblings were already playing the piano, so it was natural for me to learn the piano as well. My mother was a junior high school music teacher. I also played the violin for eight years. (I cannot play it anymore!)

Q: How often do you practice, and for how long?

I try to practice everyday for at least 3-4 hours (ideally…)

Q: What have you enjoyed the most about investing in the students, here at Vanguard University?

I am always thrilled to listen to my students who work hard and show any improvement in their playing. It is a such wonderful feeling when they perform and feel satisfied with the performance. I am not looking for perfection in music. I am looking for achievement, improvement, joy and love of the music in students’ playing, and I have been enjoying teaching all of my students here at the university. Praise GOD!!!

Q: What inspired you to present this upcoming Chamber Music Recital on Tuesday, October 20th? How long has it taken you to prepare for this?

I would like to give our students  more opportunities to attend the professional classical music concerts. Also, I believe that watching the professors’ performances affect and inspire the students. When I was a student, I attended to my teachers’ performances and learned many things from watching his/her performances.

The cellist and I have been playing together for at least a couple of years now. For this particular concert, we have been practicing together since the end of summer.

Q: If you had to choose, what would be your favorite piece you will be playing at this next recital? Why?

Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 38 in E minor

It is just a beautiful piece! Brahms is known as a composer who wrote many genres of classical music, not only piano repertoire, vocal rep, chamber music rep, orchestra rep, and choral rep. This piece has the quality of beautiful singing like in his vocal works, massive orchestral-like sounds and pianistic passages in all 3 movements.


Dr. Izumi Kashiwagi: Chamber Music Recital will be held on campus on Tuesday, October 20th at 5:00 PM in Needham Chapel. Please contact (714) 619-6410 for more details.

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2013 Christmas Fantasia

2014 Fall Orchestra Concert

2014 Fall Concert

Presented by the

Vanguard University Concert Orchestra

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 7:00pm | Newport Mesa Church


Jenny Chen, Christian Lucas – Concerto Winners | Dr. Joni Prado – Faculty Soloist | Mildred Yi – Conductor


  • SCHUBERT Overture in D Major, D.26
  • STAMITZ Viola Concerto No. 1 in D Major
  • WEBER Clarinet Concertino in Eb Major
  • STRAUSS Ständchen, Zueignung, Cäcilie
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Suite

*Admission is free to the community. Contact 714.619.6412 or with questions.


Concert Band Featured in OC Register

Vanguard University Department of Music Reveals Addition to Instrumental Music Program Costa Mesa, CA, August 14, 2014 – Vanguard University’s assistant professor of music, Dr. Kenneth Foerch, recently announced the return of the Vanguard University Concert Band. The ensemble will be infused with Vanguard University students, alumni, professional community musicians, and accomplished high school students looking to broaden and strengthen their musical skills. “The ensemble will perform a diverse blend of classic concert band repertoire, new works written for the ensemble, and festive numbers that will challenge the performers, and resound in the listener’s ear,” says Foerch, who will perform in the upcoming Kennedy Center production of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On with John Legend at the Hollywood Bowl. Foerch has also performed with the LA Philharmonic, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Solonen, Zubin Mehta, John Williams, and others. The Vanguard University Concert Band will perform in the local Orange County community to help deepen a sense of pride in the music found in Southern California, and help bring an awareness of the musical excellence in the department of music at Vanguard University. “We look forward to contributing to the rich performing arts tradition in Orange County,” says Foerch. The Vanguard University Concert Band is actively seeking motivated volunteer members who enjoy this type of ensemble experience.  Rehearsals begin Monday, September 8, 2014 from 7-9pm on the campus of Vanguard University.  If interested or know of someone who is, contact Dr. Kenneth Foerch at   ‘

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Local Piano Concert with Dr. Tanya

TANYA'S PICConcert Details

The Music Department would like to invite you to Dr. Tanya Karyagina’s piano concert that she will be performing at the Fellowship Hall of Regents Point retirement community in Irvine. This will be a concert you don’t want to miss. We so proud of all of the accomplished faculty within our music department and are continually challenged by their personal musical endeavors.

Recital attendance credit will be given to VU students who submit the program to Teresa by Thursday, May 9th. AND there will be ice cream sundaes afterwards!

For more information or to RSVP visit:


Regents Point
19191 Harvard Ave.,
Irvine, California 96212


May 8th, 2013


Beethoven. Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appssionata”
Chopin. Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
Bach/Busoni. Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004


Admission is free

Michael Anthony Nigro to tour Florida

Michael Anthony Nigro, classical guitarist and Adjunct Professor of Music at Vanguard University, is set to launch a tour in the state of Florida from February 13 – February 21st.

Acclaimed for his expressive playing and well-developed technique, Nigro provides a first rate concert experience brimming with musicality and engaging commentary.  His current program, “Journey Through Spain and Latin America,” has brought much critical acclaim.  The program features compositions from Antonio Lauro (Venezuela), Isaac Albéniz (Spain) Jose Luis Merlin, and Jorge Cardoso, (Argentina).

“Nigro is an excellent guitarist, drawing a multitude of tone colors from his instrument and displaying great technical dexterity. He has a wide dynamic range, a very pretty sound, and an ability to vary his articulation for expressive purposes.” Jim Ruggirello, Long Beach Gazzette

“His program was fresh, passionate, and wonderfully executed. For several of us, Michael Nigro’s salon recital was truly one of the most enjoyable concerts in recent memory.” Mark Bisesi, Bloomington Classical Guitar Society

Michael’s discography includes three CD’s: Homage to Piazzolla , Guitar Sudamericana, and A Journey Through Latin America.  All CD’s will be available for purchase and signing following the concerts.   To view a full listing of Mr. Nigro’s concerts this season go to


Introducing new Bachelor of Music degree programs

Starting in the Fall of 2013, the Department of Music is introducing a Bachelor of Music degree in addition to our current Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies degree programs.  Find out about all of the music degree options at Vanguard University.

About the Bachelor of Music:

The Bachelor of Music degree is tailored to the student desiring rigorous performance and academic training as part of their undergraduate experience.  The degree combines the core music curriculum with specialty courses within the student’s chosen field of concentration.  The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree that prepares and equips students to continue on in their performance field in graduate school.  Entrance into the Bachelor of Music degree is by audition only.  Approximately 77 Music Units are required for this degree program.

Bachelor of Music Concentrations:

  • Church Music
  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Performance
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Piano
    • Instrument

Other Music Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies with emphases in  Art, Cinema Arts, Communication, Theatre, and Worship Leadership. Information, class requirements, and sample four year plans can be found here: Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies Degree Information

Bachelor of Arts in General Music with emphases in Applied Instruction and Music Ministry. Information, class requirements, and sample four year plans can be found here: Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree Information

Additionally, students in other academic majors and programs at Vanguard University who are interested in music can complete a minor in music. This is a great addition to the various degrees across campus and gives a strong musical foundation for your life and/or career beyond Vanguard. Information, class requirements, and sample plans can be found here: Minor in Music Information

VU Faculty Dr. Jung-A Lee, Organ Dedication

Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach
Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

Dr. JUNG-A LEE is an adjunct faculty member at Vanguard University and organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.

The Artist

DR. JUNG-A LEE has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist, and conductor. She is Adjunct Professor at Vanguard University and is the Accompanist for the Men in Blaque vocal ensemble at UCI. Jung-A Lee earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, her Master of Music degree at Yale University, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Lee is chairman and founder of Music Mission International, a nonprofit organization, which promotes the beauty of music through the organ.

The Program

George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
arr. Hermann Keller
Allegro from Concerto in F Major, Op.4 No.4

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
arr. Alexandre Guilmant
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, Gott
from Sinfonia No.29, BWV29


František Xaver Brixi (1732-1771)
Pastorale in C Major

David Lasky (b.1957)
Bring a Torch

James Biery (b.1956)
Willie Take Your Little Drum
(Burgundian Carol)

Richard Lind
Ding, Dong, Merrily on High

Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)
Noel Suisse


Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Beautiful Savior

Marilyn Rinehart (1926-2012)
Precious Lord, Take My Hand


Corneliu Mootz (b.1975)

Guy Bovet (b.1942)
Hamburger Totentanz

The Organ

The organ at Trinity Lutheran, Manhattan Beach is a mechanical-action “tracker” instrument built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd. of Lake City, Iowa. The only other Dobson organ in the Southland is the magnificent instrument in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, downtown. Among the world’s premier organ builders, Dobson recently built the organ for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra . Read about Trinity Lutheran’s organ by clicking here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

1340 Eleventh Street
Manhattan Beach CA
(3 blocks east of Sepulveda, 1 block south of Manhattan Beach Blvd.)
For a Google map, click here.

Suggested Donation $12 / $5 students
includes an hors d’oeuvre & dessert reception

See All 26 Concerts of Trinity Lutheran Church’s
2012-2013 Concert Season by clicking here.