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!

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Chris Trimmer Awarded at 2016 Reno Jazz Festival


13115920_10153400449371831_3654655468715969846_oWe are proud to announce the awarding of one of our students in the Department of Music!  Just before the end of our 2016 Spring semester, members of Vanguard University’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo had the unforgettable experience of participating at the 54th annual 2016 Reno Jazz Festival.  Hosted by the University of Nevada in Reno, from Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30, the Festival welcomed over 350 jazz groups from schools around the nation, including choirs, high school bands and combos, and college bands and combos.

Trimmer CroppedVanguard’s Jazz group, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Foerch, performed and were adjudicated on that Friday, as the schedule was comprised of various clinics and competitions, featuring high-profile adjudicators and guest musicians offering their expertise.  Awards were given to select students who displayed outstanding musicianship, and we are very excited to say that one award was present to our very own Chris Trimmer, for “Outstanding Musicianship on Guitar”!  We congratulate Chris for this well-deserved recognition, and are so proud to be a part of this accomplishment in his career!

_MG_1258-EditAnother highlight of the Festival was the opportunity to enjoy a live concert by Snarky Puppy Jazz Band.  The entire event was an excellent, productive experience for our students, to glean from the adjudicators, share our Jazz talent and comeradery with other musicians, and of course network and bring more awareness to Vanguard.  Our Vanguard participants were as follows: Anthony Brough, Dulce Campos, Kevin Campos, Amanda Craig, Noah Debolt, Katherine Gonzales, William Leguizamon, Edward Martinez, Edwin Riano, Sierra Lowry-Shephard, Christopher Trimmer, Ebenezer Viveros, Josiah Waters, Brett Westerfield, and Ian Zamora.

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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!

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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!

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An Afternoon of Classic Concert Band Music

Please join the Vanguard University Concert Band in An Afternoon of Classic Concert Band Music

Newport Mesa Church Worship Center

Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:00 pm

This is the inaugural performance of the newly formed Vanguard University Concert Band.  The ensemble has not had a formal concert in 30 Years.  You will hear works by John Phillip Sousa, Gustav Holst, Frank Ticheli, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and more.  Please join us for an event where you will hear a variety of works written for the wind band.

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/

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:

Graduate/SPS Commencement

Title: Graduate/SPS Commencement
Location: Mariner’s Church
Description: The Vanguard Singers & Band as well as the Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Commencement Service for Graduate/SPS students.
Start Time: 7:30pm
Date: May 4, 2012

Undergraduate Commencement

Title: Undergraduate Commencement
Location: Mariner’s Church
Description: The Vanguard Singers & Band as well as the Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Commencement Service for the Undergraduate students.
Start Time: 9:30am
Date: May 5, 2012

An Instamatic Spring Tour – CC, WC, CO, JZE

Here are a few of the images you shared on Instagram while on Spring Tour!

An Instamatic Tour

Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Concert Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Festival

Title: Jazz Festival
Location: VU Campus
Link out: Click here
Description: The Vanguard University Department of Music is putting on the annual VU Jazz Festival. High school and junior high Jazz Bands are coming to compete and show off their best for an all day event of music, workshops, and fun!
Start Time: 9:00am
Date: February 25, 2012