Percussion Ensemble Concert

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Join the Department of Music for the Percussion Ensemble concert on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00pm in Needham Chapel. You don’t want to miss this concert! It is always a great night of music and rhythm. This event is featured in Vanguard University’s Celebration of the Arts. To find out more about the percussion ensemble visit the ensembles page.

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 www.nigroclassicalguitar.com

 

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

20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 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

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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

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Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Beautiful Savior

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

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Corneliu Mootz (b.1975)
Engelchen

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.

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
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.

Samuel Hines Guitar Concert, November 17th

Current Music Student and member of the Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Quartet and Guitar Duo Samuel Hines will be giving a solo guitar concert on Saturday, November 17th at 8:00 p.m. He will be playing music by Debussy, Ravel, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Tedesco, Rodrigo, Bach and Paganini.  You can find more info and RSVP on the facebook event page.

It’s a ticketed event, $10 each. (http://www.lbcgs.net/)

Location: Long Beach City College
4901 E. Carson St.,
Long Beach, California 90808
It is Room LAC-G122, (On the corner of Harvey and Clark)

Jazz Exchange Concert With Vanguard University & Cerritos College

Article by Sangeon Shin from Cerritos College on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 entitled Music Department Held Jazz Exchange Concert With Vanguard University.

The Cerritos College Music Department and The Associated Students presented A Jazz Exchange on Thursday.

The concert which featured the Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble & Cerritos College Jazz Ensemble. This special presentation took place at the Cerritos College Student Center.

Dr. Kenneth R. Foerch is the Director of the Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Saxophone Quartet.

The Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble provided a positive and quality instrumental experience for music students and others from the student body that have an interest in jazz music and performance, as well as helping to develop an appreciation for jazz repertoire.

Attendees benefited from seeing the significance of jazz music as an American art form.

The 17 members of the Jazz band are representative of the over 30 academic majors offered at Vanguard University. Each person played their own instruments: alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums.

“We have a lot of different majors represented here: Music, psychology, business, biology, English and liberal studies major. I think we are fortunate to have those kinds of representation at the university. And we really support music programs,” Foerch said.

Foerch knew how to effectively conduct the musicians so that each piece was harmonious.

“To get the group ready, we rehearse, and we pick up the isolated troubled areas to make the sound better. We really know how to blend all the different sounds,” said Foerch.

International business major and trombone player Sara Gonzalez said, “Actually I’ve just tried to learn here, and it’s pretty good. I have to practice a lot.”

This is the 14th year for Dr. David Betancourt as the director of bands and orchestra at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. He is the conductor for the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Community Band, Orchestra, Community Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

The instrumental ensemble at Cerritos College draws from a vast array of musicians, ranging in age from 10 to 80.

Music major Daniel Mooney, who also plays the trombone, said, “We can really focus on our passion for music.”

Unlike the Vanguard performance, Cerritos College ensemble included singing. Autumn Van Der Linden, a vocalist, sang a solo with the Cerritos College Jazz Ensemble. Whenever the Cerritos College Jazz ensemble performed, the audience reacted favorably.

Like the Vanguard Ensemble, the students in the Cerritos College Jazz ensemble, played some instrumental solos.

Foerch also performed together with the Cerritos College Jazz Ensemble. He was a really good performer.

“We always invite somebody else to come to our school. So we invited Vanguard University, a four-year school. It’s a win-win situation. Students have a good opportunity to learn about performing. These kinds of concert are really good,” Betancourt said.

Business administration major Viridiana Nevarez said,“It had nice crowd. Everybody appreciated the music. Vanguard and Cerritos sound good. It was a really nice night for music.”

The Halloween Concert will be at the Cerritos College Student Center on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $2.

Students can enjoy the orchestra, band music, fun tunnel, tons of candy, costume party, prizes and picture drawing.

To read the original article: http://www.talonmarks.com/news/2012/oct/28/sangeonjazz-ensemble-arts/

Upcoming Events by Our Music Faculty

One thing we are really proud of here in the music department at Vanguard is our incredible and talented faculty. Many of them are performing regularly around Southern California and around the nation. We just wanted to highlight a few upcoming performances from our adjunct faculty and faculty.

Upcoming Performances:

  • November 9, 2012 – The Jung Trio – Los Angeles Harbor College — 8:00 pm
  • November 9, 2012 – Dr. Jung-A Lee – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – 12:30 pm
  • November 11, 2012 – The Jung Trio – Pacific Unitarian Church — 3:00 pm
  • December 14, 2012 – Dr. Jung-A Lee – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – 12:30 pm

The Jung Trio:

Jennie Jung, piano; Ellen Jung, violin; Julie Jung, cello

Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2 (1808)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

“Old Photographs” from Constantinople (2000)
Christos Hatzis (b. 1953)

Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 (1883)
Anton Dvorak (1841-1904)

Visit the website for more info about The Jung Trio. Also see information about The Jung Trio as our Artist in Residence.

Dr. Jung-a Lee:

On Friday, Nov. 9th Dr. Jung-A Lee will give a 30-minute recital at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (600 St Andrews Road, Newport Beach) as part of Second Friday Frenzy series. The script written for this concert is a sweet story and we hope you will enjoy it. The program will include works by Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Bovet, and Mootz.

Please don’t miss the free lunch before the recital from 11:30 to 12:30 pm in Dierenfield Hall!

More info about Dr. Jung-a Lee’s organization: www.musicmissioninternational.org

Orchestra Fall Concert

The University Concert Orchestra will be having their Fall Concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on November 4th at 4:00pm. This free concert will feature the works of Ravel, Gershwin, Schubert, Beethoven and Copland and will be conducted by Mildred H. Yi. You won’t want to miss it. Invite your friends, family and any music lovers. For more information on Music Events visit our calendar of music events.