AGO Concert to Feature Dr. Jung-A Lee

Dr. jung-a Lee(Recital Credit will be given for this concert! Bring Teresa a program or ticket stub to receive the credit.)

The September meeting of the AGO Central Coast Chapter features organist Dr. Jung-A Lee performing a concert of varied repertoire on the new Rodgers Infinity three-manual organ.  The concert is co-sponsored by Rodgers Instruments of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Rodgers Organs Los Angeles.

Dr.Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America and Asia as an organist, pianist and conductor.  She currently serves as organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, and as adjunct professor at Vanguard University.  Lee gives about seventy concerts throughout the year, including every major venue in Southern California.  She completed a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance at Boston University.  Her teachers include James David Christie, Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, Gerre Hancock, John Tuttle, Karl Hochreither, Michael Bloss and William Wright.

Rodgers Organs Los Angeles has chosen the California Central Coast area for the first public performance of the all-new Rodgers Infinity organ.  This is a special opportunity for the public and organists in the area to hear the dramatic pipe-like sound quality produced by the all-new Rodgers digital SSC (Sound System on a Chip) technology.

Infinity is the name for the new premium line of Rodgers organs–the name is new because everything about the Infinity organs is new.  Rodgers designed Infinity “from the ground up.”  One of the stated objectives was to create a new console that would function as well as a pipe organ console as it does as a standalone all-digital organ.

Many features that were formerly “upgrades” are now standard: an adjustable bench (with music storage) and adjustable music desk are standard features.  Infinity consoles feature beautiful premium straight-grain wood, which can be finished to match virtually any desired wood color.

But it’s the sound quality and extensive stop list that make it clear that Infinity is a whole new organ.  Organists who have auditioned Infinity at the Rodgers Organs showroom in Pasadena over the past three weeks have consistently commented that they’ve never heard anything like it–the quality and resolution of the individual voice samples and the blend of the ensemble are a direct result of the all-new Infinity SSC sound engine.

According to Nelson Dodge, president of Rodgers Organs Los Angeles, the new Infinity organ will be officially announced by Rodgers Instruments in October.  Rodgers Organs Los Angeles has the first three-manual Infinity shipped from the Rodgers factory and has been showing it by appointment in the Pasadena showroom.

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Music Department Auditions

The Music Department will be holding auditions these next few weeks for all auditioned ensembles. Click the links below to find out more about each audition. To find out more about these groups click here.

Audition Times:

David Grimes Appointed Visiting Lecturer in Guitar

David Grimes has been appointed Visiting Lecturer in Guitar at Vanguard University starting Fall of 2012.  He will teach individual students in the guitar program as well as offer a master’s class each semester.

The guitar department is headed by Dr. Greg Glancey (coordinator) and Michael Anthony Nigro (instructor). Vanguard University offers guitar ensemble, fretboard skills, class guitar, and private instruction. Recent student achievements have been Samuel Hines who was selected as one of 15 finalists to compete in the Parkening International Guitar Competition in 2012, winning the Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship in Cerritos, CA, and being named the 3rd prize recipient at the 2011 Pacific Guitar Festival in Monrovia.

Vanguard University is located in Costa Mesa, CA. For audition information contact gglancey@vanguard.edu or nigroguitar@gmail.com.

Possible website with info on David: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/faculty_Pages/grimes.html

“Highly respected as a teacher and a coach, David Grimes is Director of Guitar Studies. CSUF was among the first universities to offer degrees in classical guitar performance, and Grimes has developed the program into one of the nation’s leading centers of guitar instruction. His career as a soloist has won enthusiastic acclaim throughout North America and Europe. He actively works with, and encourages contemporary composers to create new guitar works, and many composers have been impelled to write pieces for guitar upon hearing his performances. His own compositions are now being performed by prominent guitarists around the world. In addition, Grimes’ interest in the guitar’s predecessors has led to the publication of numerous celebrated editions, including Treasures of the Baroque and Luys Milán: the Complete Fantasias, all issued by Mel Bay Publications. He is president emeritus of the Guitar Foundation of America and continues as Reviews Editor for Soundboard journal.”

Guitar Studies

Guitarist David Grimes has also joined Vanguard as a Visiting Lecturer for our Guitar performance program. He will be teaching students individually in guitar lessons and will be offering Master’s classes each semester. David’s career as a soloist has brought much acclaim throughout North America and Europe. He actively works with, and encourages contemporary composers to create new guitar works, and many composers have been compelled to write pieces for guitar upon hearing his performances.

Vanguard’s guitar studies, including classes such as fretboard skills, class guitar, and private instruction, as well as our Guitar Ensemble is led by Dr. Greg Glancey and Mr. Michael Nigro. We look forward to another great year in this concentration as they build upon their academic excellence with performance based tours in the Western United States playing at churches, schools, festivals, guitar societies, and more.

Vanguard Music Students Performs at the St. Regis

Vanguard students Jonathan Lopez and David Kaisa appeared this past Saturday June 9, 2012 from 2:45-4:45pm at the St. Regis Beach Resort in Dana Point. Their performance was part of a charity partnership called “Working Wardrobes” (workingwardrobes.org). Here is a little about this great organization and the work they do there:

“It all began in 1990, when Jerri Rosen, now CEO, and five friends found themselves disturbed by the growing statistics of domestic violence. The group set out on a mission to help. Intending to host just one event, they gathered clothing and accessories, stored them in Jerri’s office, and held the first ever, “Day of Self-Esteem.” Serving 67 women from six shelters that first year, the event was a life changing experience for clients and volunteers, was the first effort of this kind in the country and has been the foundation on which current Working Wardrobes programs are based. In 2000, another audience was added for services – emancipating at-risk youth. The goal is to prevent a percentage of the teens from winding up in one of the shelters that work with the adults served by Working Wardrobes. An extensive series of workshops were developed that included career coaching, presentation skills, values and ethics discussions, and a separate Success Event. The program has been overwhelming received. Today, the organization is able to help nearly 5,000 men and women re-enter the work force-each year.”

The students represented Vanguard University as part of a Jazz Trio featuring the excellent quality of our instrumental program. Jonathan & David are very involved with our instrumental Jazz program and have been actively involved in both the Jazz Combo and the Jazz Ensemble. This is another great example of the many student groups, quartets, & trios that we have the opportunity to share here at Vanguard. Often time it is in these smaller groups that leaders rise up and students gain practical experience that adds to their music career.

A Shared Experience – VSB Tour 2012

We have had some great concerts on tour and shared a lot of memories with people that we have met along the way. We still have a few days left but we wanted to share part of the story with you. We can call this the ‘social snapshot’ of VSB Tour 2012. Or, tour through the eyes of social media… No matter what we call it, we are glad that we are able to share our experience with you.

All photos have been shared via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or text message.

Castles, Chapels, Churches, and Colorado – VSB Tour 2012

VSB Summer Tour 2012 -

Have you ever wanted to live in a castle but preferred the the United States over Europe. Why not build your own?!?! We stopped off at Bishop Castle to stretch our legs after a travel day into Colorado and had a great time seeing the castle. We also had a great opportunity to minster with Church at Briargate in Colorado Springs on Sunday morning for their morning services. We really enjoyed our time there! This morning we have been able to stop off at Focus on the Family and were able to go into the recording studios & voice overs, etc. as well as see what is going on around the world with adoption, abortion, same-sex marriage issues, and other family values ongoing conversations. It was fascinating.

Here are some photos from the past few days:

Vanguard Singers & Band, Summer Tour

The Vanguard Singers and Band have been out on tour for a few days now. So far, tour has taken them to Tecate, Mexico, Lake Havasu, AZ, and now they are on their way to Colorado with a fun little stop off at the Grand Canyon.

Here are some photos from the Grand Canyon.

See more about our Summer Tours here. Or, read all the summer tour blog posts.