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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Recap: 2015 Invitational Choral Festival

What a joy it is to bring multiple choirs together to sing and experience the beauty of choral music!  The Vanguard University Music Department held its first ever Invitational Choral Festival on October 27 and 28 which included 400 plus students from schools all over Southern California.


The Corona Del Mar Vox Angelica Women’s Chorus.

The Festival began Tuesday night with the Women’s Chorus Festival featuring Woodbridge High School’s Bel Canto Women’s Chorus under the  direction of Rob Blaney followed by the women’s chorus from Corona Del Mar High School, Vox Angelica under the direction of Andrew Ball. Each group performed their three pieces beautifully and had the opportunity to work with our guest adjudicator and clinician Stan McGill. The Tuesday night festival concluded with a performance of Vanguard’s own Women’s Chorus Luminaria under the direction of Dr. Joni Prado.

Click here for more about the Women’s Chorus.

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The Vanguard University Women’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Joni Prado.


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Woodbridge High School under the direction of Rob Blaney

Wednesday’s Festival hosted seven different mixed Choirs from high schools including Woodbridge High School under the direction of Rob Blaney, Heritage Christian High School under the direction of Dr. Galen Clark, Brethren Christian High School under the direction of Ryan Yoder, Edison High School under the  direction of Joe Kral, La Mirada High School under the direction of Evan Eliason, Hesperia High School under the direction of Amanda Graley, and Marina High School under the direction of Eric Graham. Each school performed a variety of pieces ranging from classical to contemporary spanning hundreds of years of music composition. All the choirs gave commanding performances and drew praise from their peers and and directors. Wednesday’s festival ended with a performance from the Vanguard University Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. James Melton.

Click here for more about the Concert Choir. 


The Vanguard University Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. James Melton.



Stan McGill, Guest Adjudicator and Clinician.

Stan McGill taught 33 years in secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri. Professional positions include Texas  Music  Educators Association Vocal Chair, and President of both TMEA and Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He  has  served on numerous TMEA, TCDA and ACDA committees including Program for the 2009, 2013 & 2017 National ACDA  Conferences. He is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States. He was one of four  national authors for the Warner Brothers Music Expression Textbook for Secondary Choirs. Mr. McGill, along with co-author Dr.  Morris Stevens, wrote “90 Days to Sightreading Success” and “Another Sightreading Success” available through AMC Publications.  Their middle school sight reading methods book “18 Lessons to  Sightreading Success” is available through Hal Leonard. His choral  methods book “Beyond Singing”, is also published by Hal Leonard and co-authored with Elizabeth Volk. His choral arrangements  are available through Shawnee Press and he is editor of the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard. He is a contributing author for the 2015 release of the  Leonard/McGraw-Hill music textbook Voice in Concert.

Mr. McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA and his articles have been published in the Southwestern MusicianCommon TimesChoral Journal, and Texas Sings. He has directed numerous honor choirs including all state choirs in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. He directed the 2008 SWACDA 8-10 Boys Honor Choir in Kansas City. His choirs have performed nine times for TMEA, SWACDA and National ACDA Conventions and have made 3 European tours. A native of Sikeston, Missouri, Mr. McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master’s degree from Arizona State University. In 2014, Mr. McGill received the “Choral Excellence Award” from the Texas Choral Directors Association, based on his contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.  He continues to serve as a church choir director.

“Thank you to the 400+ students that represented 8 schools in our first-ever Vanguard University Invitational Choral Festival. We hope to see you all next year!” 

Choral Festival Program Information



Spring Classical Concert

Vanguard’s annual Spring Classical Concert continues to be a favorite among the local community because it combines the Vanguard University Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra with the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir. Each year the Spring Concert brings us a combination of prestigious classical pieces with the freshness of a Vanguard University music performance. Recent performances have included the works of Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, W. A. Mozart, G. F. Handel, and many other famous composers as well as some contemporary composers such as Dan Forrest.

Spring Classical Concert 2014:

Famous Gloria’s & Hallelujah’s- Featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria”

Conducted by Dr. James L. Melton (Vanguard University/St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church). Featuring the Vanguard University Concert Choir and the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by professional orchestra, with members of the Vanguard University Orchestra.

Date & Time:
April 27th at 4:00pm

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
600 Saint Andrew’s Road
Newport Beach, CA 92663

$16 per ticket

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.standrewstickets.com  or call the Vanguard University Music Office: (714) 619-6410

Contact or Booking

Vanguard University
Music Events Office
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Contact Music Events for other opportunities to attend or book a concert with Vanguard University’s Music Ensembles.



New York Tour photos

A few photos that we got to see from our New York trip this year were pretty fun. We’ll give you some more as soon as everyone gets back, but here is a little teaser.

Baccalaureate Service

Title: Baccalaureate Service
Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA
Description: The Concert Choir, Orchestra and Women’s Chorus will be worshiping together with the Class of 2012 for the Baccalaureate service on May 3rd.
Start Time: 7:30pm
Date: May 3, 2012

New York Tour – Lincoln Center Memorial Day Concert

New York Skyline

Title: New York Tour – Lincoln Center Memorial Day Concert
Location: New York, NY
Description: The Music Department will be performing in the Memorial Day Concert in the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. They will be singing the Music of Dan Forrest and will be directed by Dr. James Melton. Other groups joining Vanguard in this concert are the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir as well as other select high schools from around the United States.

Concert Date & Time: Monday, May 28th at 7:00PM.
Location: Avery Fisher Hall
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-5030

For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets please visit: http://www.lincolncenter.org/ and search by concert date. Ticket Prices vary based on seating chart (ranging from $20-$100)

Vanguard’s performers will be staying at the Hilton New York from May 23rd through the 29th.
Start Date: 2012-05-23
End Date: 2012-05-29

Women’s Chorus – Spring Concert

Title: Women’s Chorus – Spring Concert
Location: Needham Chapel
Description: Join the Women’s Chorus for their Spring Concert on Sunday, April 22nd at 4:00pm in Needham Chapel.  Recital Credit available.
Start Time: 4:00PM
Date: April 22, 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

Women’s Chorus Tour – Day 3

We started off the day with breakfast at our hotel in San Fransisco. Then we loaded up and headed to San Jose! We arrived at Valley Christian School and prepared for a choral exchange! We ate lunch with their Women’s Choir and the other Choir students! After lunch we performed several songs for these high school and middle school students.After we sang for them, their Women’s Choir sang for us, they are fabulous! To end the exchange, we sang “Esto Les Digo” with their Women’s Choir. It was beautiful! After the exchange we shared info about Vanguard with the students and then headed back to Vanguard!








Singing with Valley Christian











Headed back to VU!

Women’s Chorus Tour – Day 2

Day 2-

Today started off with breakfast with our lovely home stays! We all arrived at San Luis Assmebly in the morning for sound check before the service. We were privelaged to lead the entire service with worship and various songs. Along with these songs several girls from the Women’s Chorus shared their testimonies, which were a total blessing to hear.There is sucha freedom about hearing tesimonies and how the Lord is working in the lives of His people! After the service, the church laid hands on us and prayed a blessing over us. Over all, the service went very well!

After the service we loaded up and headed for San Fransisco! We arrived at The Opal hotel in downtown San Fransisco and had the rest of the night to hang out and walk around downtown. It was a lovely night to say the least!









San Luis Assembly Service











Our hotel in San Francisco