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.

VSB Retreat 2012

Our 17 annual Vanguard Singers & Band retreat was a fun-filled 30 hours of hard work, fun, and fellowship.

This year’s team worked hard  during times of rehearsals and team building.  Some of our “traditions” include finding out what animal we are most like (personality profiles), sharing through the book of Philippians as to the thieves that can easily steal the joy in our lives, and as well as getting to know one other on a deeper level.  We also found out which trios and individuals “owned” the confidence course! For the first time in quite a while, every single VSB member climbed the rock wall (many in record time), and speed down the zip line with shouts of glee.  You will have to find out from a VSB member which members zipped down upside down!  Our 2 day and one night adventure concluded with Panda Express at the Riverside Mall… just a little taste of China!

All in all, we had a great time. Here are some photos from the trip that I snapped along the way.

- Dr. James Melton (Doc)


Guitar Concert: Gisle Krogseth

Vanguard University will be hosting a free concert in Needham Chapel on October 9th at 7:30pm by Guitarist & Composer Gisle Krogseth and with guitarists David Grimes and Gregory Newton.

Recital Credit will be given for this concert.


Norwegian guitarist/composer Gisle Krogseth has been highly active in both principal aspects of his career.  As a performer, he has made several successful concert tours throughout Europe and in the United States, presenting programs featuring many of his own colorful compositions for guitar.  Unusually versatile as a composer, he has written important works in the fields of symphonic music, chamber music, choral music, musical theatre and cabaret.  In 1991 he represented Norway at the World Festival for Theatre, and in 1998 he composed “Bært! Brecht!” for the 100th anniversary of the birth of the German writer Bertolt Brecht.

Vocal Master Class with Dr. John Glenn Paton

Vanguard University Department of Music presents Master Teacher Dr. John Glenn Paton, compiler of 26 Italian Songs and Arias and other beloved vocal editions,  in a Master Class of Italian Arias with the Vocal Students of Vanguard University of Southern California.

About Dr. John Glenn Paton

Dr. John Glenn PatonThe editor, John Glenn Paton, studied lieder and opera on a Fulbright Fellowship in Stuttgart, Germany. Along with the eminent composer-accompanist Hermann Reutter, Paton recorded for German radio studios and toured in the U.S. giving lieder recitals sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the International Hugo Wolf Society. His university teaching experience of over 30 years includes the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Southern California, teaching voice, diction, song interpretation, and vocal pedagogy. In addition to his influential edition of 26 Italian Songs and Arias he has edited lieder by Mozart, Fanny Hensel and Mendelssohn.

General Information

Date: October 17, 2012
Location: Vanguard University, Needham Chapel
Time: 2:30-5:00pm


Italian Songs and Arias

Kristen Atkins, Soprano
“Gia il sole dal Gange” from L’Honestà negli amori
Alessandro Scarlatti

Rachel Murray, Soprano
“Quella fiamma”
Francesco Conti, att. Benedetto Marcello

Andrew Noble, Tenor
“Amarilli mia bella” a Le nuove musiche
Giulio Caccini

W. A. Mozart Arias

Amy Schneeberger, Soprano
“Una donna a quindici anni” a Cosi fan tutte
W. A. Mozart

Alora Slackey, Soprano (Alternate)
“Ridente la calma” Concert Aria
W. A. Mozart

For more information about Vanguard University’s Music Department and the degree programs available please visit our website.

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.