VSB China Trip – Day 3

Great WallToday was another beautiful day in Beijing.  We headed for the Great Wall where some of us took the ski lift ride up and the majority walked to the top.  Brody moved so fast that he beat us that were riding up.  The wall runs the crest of the mountain so the view either direction is spectacular.  TebowingThe men decided that they needed to stop and thank God for His care and took the ‘Tebow’ pose to do so.

IMG_0560We tobogganed down from the Wall and headed to lunch at Subway that was at the base of the Great Wall.  We loaded back up on the bus and headed to the Olympic Stadium where we stood between the Bird’s Nest and the Bubble Swimming area. The students entertained the Chinese by singing in the Square and then jumping in the water show.

We went to the market and bartered for treasures and ended the day by eating at “hot pot” and singing Happy Birthday to May.

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VSB China Tour – Getting to Know China

IMG_0531We got to start out the trip with some sightseeing and relaxing (well, actually, a whole lot of walking) so that we could let ourselves adjust to the time, weather and travel fatigue!  Which means, it is sure to be a fun day! The day began by meeting for a breakfast that looked more like dinner.  We were served scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon (ham), vegetables, pastries, steamed buns, gruel, fruit, or wonton soup.  Everyone walked away full and ready for a full day of walking.  We began our trip at the infamous Tiananmen Square.

IMG_0533We were able to join up with the China Education group from Vanguard University led by Dr. Mike Wilson while we were at Tiananmen Square. That was great because we were able to hear some of the history of the location and so many interesting facts about the event of 1989. From there we walked to the Forbidden City, which got its name because only the Emperor and his royal family and court could spend the night there.  The highest building was where the Emperor’s throne was. This is such an incredible place with years of interesting history. We wish we could know it all!

The following pictures were taken inside the Forbidden City.



It is fairly unusual to have such a beautiful sunny day in a city of over 18 million people.  The air quality was one of the better days.  Some of the students wanted to experience what the locals feel and so they wore face masks (which wouldn’t filter any pollutants but it feels like it is doing something). We had our first large Chinese lunch where the food just kept coming. IMG_0542

Later we were treated to the “Theatre” with the Chinese Acrobats where a definite highlight was the 8 motorcyclists who rode together in a sphere, nearly hitting each other the whole time!  They really did have “Bicycle Skill.”

Thanks for your prayers and we’ll keep you posted as we prepare for our first concert!

– VSB China Team

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VSB China Trip 2013 – En Route

After dozens of rehearsals, recording projects, photo shoots, late night packing sessions, fundraising and months of preparation the 2013 Vanguard Singers and Band are finally en route to China! They packed up all day Saturday and headed out early Sunday morning to LAX to start their 20+ hour journey.

Here are a few photos from them at their airport transfer in South Korea:
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Please pray for them throughout this trip and stay in touch with everything that is happening through the music facebook page.

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/505538729511458/


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

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CD Release Concert – Guitar Ensemble



The Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble will be releasing their first full length album at their concert on Thursday Night, April 18th at 7:00pm in Needham Chapel on campus. The title of their album is “Soundscapes” and features some incredible instrumental arrangements such as “Pacific Coast Highway” by Andrew York and “Cuban Landscapes With Rain” by Leo Brouwer. This album also includes Vanguard favorites such as Dr. Greg Glancey’s arrangements entitled “Drum, Strummer Boy, Drum”, “Jam Ye Merry Gents”, and the “Hyfrydol Hymn.”

Make sure to mark your calendars and be at this CD release concert, you won’t want to miss it. This event is featured in Vanguard University’s Celebration of the Arts. To find out more about the guitar ensemble visit their webpage. Also, make sure to look into our Bachelor of Music programs with

Percussion Ensemble Concert



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.

University Orchestra Concert 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013 @ 7:30pm – Newport Mesa Church

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