Want to book an ensemble?

_MG_0704Want to book a music group for your next event?  Vanguard University has an array of ensembles to choose from, each featuring our talented students and renowned directors, from our large choirs, to our small vocal groups, to our instrumental ensembles.

We have performed at numerous churches and schools, whether through one-day visits in the local Southern California regions, tour stops throughout our surrounding states (including Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona), or even through international trips to China, Europe, the Philippines and Argentina.  Additionally, our larger venue performances have included Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Times Square Church, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the U.S. Naval Academy.


  • Be it a school assembly, church service, special event, high-profile reception…

From classical to religious, from oldies to contemporary…

The point is, whatever you need for your event, we have something just for you!



Now you might ask, “Which ensemble is best for my event?”  Of course, some groups are more obvious on their fit for your setting, such as our Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus.  In fact, most of our ensembles are very versatile to present a classical concert or lead a worship service or both, including our University Orchestra which also features a stage band and singers!  So just to give you an idea, if you’re looking for…

  • A small, professional vocal ensemble for special music or worship service?  LIFEsong can meet your need!
  • A flashback of jazz, swing, big band and various entertainment?  Our Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble are perfect for the job!
  • A multi-cultural flavor for an evening concert or high-profile reception?  Our Guitar Ensemble has what it takes!
  • A combination of select vocalists and instrumentalists for a worship concert or community outreach?  Vanguard Singers and Band would be a great choice!

SliderThen there’s our Barbershop and Beautyshop Quartets, Chamber Music, Percussion Ensemble, Strings Quartet…and the list goes on!

If you would like to book any of our ensembles, please simply complete our Concert Request Form, providing any details you want to help paint a picture of what you are looking for.  It will go straight to one of our concert coordinators, and they will make sure we get you what you need!

_MG_1443-EditOr if you simply have questions or would like to ask about our ensembles, festivals, tours, and other events, please don’t hesitate to contact our coordinators directly:

  • Email: concerts@vanguard.edu
  • Phone: 714-619-6410

The aim of our Department of Music is to bless you and glorify Christ.  We hope to see you at your next event!

guitar festival

Recap: 2016 Guitar & Jazz Festivals

On Saturday, February 27th, Vanguard University hosted its third annual Guitar and Jazz Festivals. Vanguard’s campus was buzzing with excitement from all of the local middle school, high school, and community college participants. This year, the two unique festivals welcomed over 200 participants!

2016 Guitar FestivalTrio camino

The Guitar Festival kicked off with a recital on Friday night, featuring Trio Camino. Trio Camino is the collaboration of three masters of the classical guitar, including David Grimes, Dr. Gregory Newton, and Vanguard’s very own, Professor Michael Nigro.

Saturday morning, guest conductor, Chuck Hulihan, led all of the participants in a joint rehearsal to prepare for the evening concert.

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In the afternoon, the acclaimed voice/guitar duo Crouse Denman performed, followed by simultaneous sessions including a master class with Matt Denman, a jazz improv workshop with Duane Broberg, a flamenco workshop with Walter Molina, and mock auditions with P
rofessor Nigro and Dr. Gregory Newton.

The evening gala concert consisted of each school performing for one another and then all participants performed the final pieces Ballad and Tango together. We would like to especially thank La Mirada High School, Orange County School of the Arts, Riverside Community College, Santa Maria High School, Benton Middle School/Los Coyotes Middle School, Cypress College, and all of our guest clinicians for making this festival such a success!

2016 Jazz Festival

DSC_0425[1] smallThe Jazz Festival jumped right into the morning performances and adjudications at the festival concert stage, welcoming the jazz bands of Estancia High School, Calvary Murrieta Christian School, Heritage Christian School, and Bakersfield Christian School.  Each performance session featured 2-3 selections from the school’s repertoire, followed by a debrief clinic by our guest adjudicators: Elliot Deutsch, Ronald Kobayashi and Jonathan Rowden.

After enjoying lunch at Vanguard’s Cafe, the participants then attended one of our workshops DSC_0580[3] smallat various locations on campus, also facilitated by our adjudicators, covering brass, sax, woodwinds and rhythm techniques.

To finish off the day, everyone reconvened at the festival concert stage to enjoy a special performance by Vanguard’s Jazz Ensemble and Combo, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Foerch.  In between pieces, awards were presented to recognize outstanding soloists as well as entire groups from among the visiting schools.

DSC_0611[3] smallOur deepest thanks go out to the participants and directors, the guest adjudicators, and of course our very own faculty, staff and students to help make this event possible!

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

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.

Guitar Ensemble Concert

Title: Guitar Ensemble Concert
Location: Needham Chapel
Description: Join the Guitar Ensemble for an evening concert in Needham Chapel. They will be performing their amazing repertoire of guitar arrangements.  Recital Credit available.
Start Time: 7:00PM
Date: April 13, 2012

Guitar Ensemble Spring Tour

The Guitar Ensemble, directed by Dr. Greg Glancey and Michael Nigro, had their first Spring Tour. This recently formed group has been performing locally and has taken a few mini-tours these past few semesters. Their tour this semester  took them to Las Vegas, NV and they were received in high regard. They were featured in the Arts & Entertainment section of a local magazine, the Desert Companion:

One of the highlights of the tour was the concert at the Clark County Library. There were over 200 people in attendance and they were an exciting and engaged audience. Two soloists to highlight from this concert were Samuel Hines playing ‘Prelude from the 4th Lute Suite’ by J.S. Bach and Josefat Valle playing ‘Joropo‘ by Jose Luis Merlin. Both soloists received rousing applause and the audience’s enthusiasm for the Guitar Ensemble was demonstrated with multiple standing ovations.

Other concerts on tour included a fun concert with Jesse Stretz’s Church and a performance at the Las Vegas Guitar Society. At the church, the Guitar Ensemble was highlighted in the worship service and demonstrated how music, creativity, and excellence are wonderful ways to worship.   They were ‘praising through playing’. At the Las Vegas Guitar Society, soloists Samuel Hines, Josefat Valle, & Chris Akin represented Vanguard University well among the Classical Guitar Society Members.

They capped off the tour by eating at Planet Hollywood as a group, take a ride on the roller coaster at the New York, New York, and seeing some other famous Vegas sites. It was truly a tour to remember and a great addition to the Guitar Ensemble Legacy.

We also want to give a special thank you to Eric & Christina Stretz for all of their hard work and coordination for this tour. You guys are amazing. Thank You.

– Vanguard’s Guitar Ensemble

Christmas Fantasia Concert (Ticketed Event)

Title: Christmas Fantasia Concert (Ticketed Event)
Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA
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Description: The Vanguard University Music Department will be performing at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 2nd. The concert will be held in the Worship Center at 8:00pm. This is a ticketed event and is open to the public. You can find concert & ticket info by following this link.
Start Time: 8:00PM
Date: 2011-12-02

Christmas Fantasia Concert (Ticketed Event)

Title: Christmas Fantasia Concert (Ticketed Event)
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts
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Description: The Vanguard University Music Department will be performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 1st. The concert will be held in the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at 8:00pm.  This is a ticketed event and is open to the public. You can find concert & ticket info by following this link.
Start Time: 8:00PM
Date: 2011-12-01

Guitar Ensemble – Olive Branch Christian School

Title: Guitar Ensemble – Olive Branch Christian School
Location: Corona, CA
Description: The Guitar Ensemble has been invited to perform for a chapel at Olive Branch Christian School on November 10th.
Start Time: 08:40am
Date: November 10, 2011