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!


Fantasia Faculty Q&A




Sure, we at the Music Department know each of our awesome faculty is good at what they do.  But what else do they enjoy?  Each year before Fantasia, we like to highlight one of our professors and get to know a little more about them.  This year, we asked our beloved Professor Mildred Yi some fun questions (and added some handy links for your enjoyment).  Check it out!


Music Dept: What is your favorite Christmas carol?
Yi: The First Noel


Music Dept: What is one of your best Christmas memories?
Yi: Celebrating first Christmases with my children


Music Dept: What Christmas tradition or activity do you enjoy the most?
Yi: My children get a special book for each Christmas


Music Dept: What was one of the best Christmas presents you received?
Yi: Getting a Pound Puppy (stuffed animal) with a red sweatshirt


Music Dept: What is a random fact about you that people probably wouldn’t guess?
Yi: Hiked in the Himalayas, like to eat jellyfish


And now a question for you:


Have you been to our annual Christmas Fantasia yet?


If your answer is “No”, then you’re in a for a real treat!  
If you’re answer is “Yes”, then you’ve probably been excited all year for the next one!


Either way, we invite you, your family and your friends to join us as our faculty and students all come together to bring in the holiday season and celebrate the birth of our King!  Click here for more information on this fantastic concert! | (714) 966-5441 |



Master Class with Marc Teicholz

Vanguard University Department of Music is excited to welcome guitarist Marc Teicholz for a Master Class on October 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Needham Chapel. Guitarist Marc Teicholz was awarded first prize at the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the largest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the United States. He was also a prize winner at the 1991 New York East-West Artists Competition. Described by Gramophone as “arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged,” and by Soundboard magazine as “among the best we have ever heard,” Teicholz’s performances throughout the world include tours of the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Fiji. His recitals and master classes have received critical acclaim, and he has been featured in concert with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California and Hawaii. For more information, see Mr. Teicholz website:


The new Bachelor of Music degree

The Vanguard University Department of Music is delighted to announce the new Bachelor of Music degree.

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.

The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree preparing and equipping students to continue on in their performance field in graduate school.  Entrance into the Bachelor of Music degree is by audition only.


Performance is designed for the student desiring rigorous performance and academic training as part of their undergraduate experience by combining the core music curriculum with specialty courses within the student’s chosen field.

Music Education

Music Education is designed for the student intending to teach in the public or private schools.  The program coursework prepares the student for the subject matter requirements for a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music. 


Composition aims to advance the technical, creative, and intuitive skills of young composers in support of the creation of unique, original works for a wide variety of musical settings: acoustic and technological.  Our program endeavors to ground young composers in an understanding of the historical, cultural, spiritual and conceptual basis for the creation of modern music.

Church Music

Church Music exists to prepare students as full-time church musicians and servant leaders who can creatively integrate excellence in music performance and the arts into the worship and mission of the evangelical church.

Jazz Studies

 Jazz Studies is designed for the student seeking a professional career in jazz and related arenas of contemporary music. The philosophical objective is to develop the talents of the creative jazz artist as well as the adaptable skills required of the successful, well-rounded musician.  Education in the history and traditions of the music with professional performance opportunities designed to integrate students in a jazz environment that uphold the standards of the tradition.

Information, class requirements, and sample four year plans can be found here:

Bachelor of Music Degree Information


Music Camp 2014

Music Camp 2014 is almost here! If you have not registered yet, you can still register online. Music Camp is open to all current and incoming Vanguard University students. All students receiving a scholarship for music are required to attend.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers

During Music Camp you will be given a placement test for music theory, piano, and vocalization. Please come prepared to take these placements. They are not graded tests. They are given in order to help place you in the most appropriate courses. You will also be fitted for your ensemble attire. Ensemble dresses are usually around $100 and the tuxes are around $225. Please come prepared to purchase your uniform.

Returning Students

You will be fitted for your ensemble attire on the first day of Music Camp. Ensemble dresses are usually around $100 and the tuxes are around $225. Please come prepared to purchase your uniform. Men, if you already have a tux you must bring it so we can assess whether it is still in the right condition for performances. The schedule for the first day is as follows:

Monday, August 18th

8:30 – 10:30 am RegistrationStep 1: Check-inFinancial registration must be complete prior to move-in Step 2: Pick up Room Keys Step 3: Pick up Packet Step 4: Mailroom for Mailbox Number Scott Courtyard
9:30 – 10:30 am New Student and Parent Welcome Heath 109
10:30 – 1:00 pm Move In Dorms
11:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Café
1:00 – 3:00 pm Rehearsal 1 Newport Mesa
3:00 – 6:00 pm Piano, Aural Theory & Theory Placement Exam Freshmen and transfer students: Please take exams, sign up for vocalization time, and then be fitted for your outfit.  Vocalizations All vocalists please sign up for a time slot   Outfit Fittings Men – Tux Fittings Women – Dress Fittings Music StudiosHeath 009      Heath 109     Music Basement HTH 001 Practice Rooms
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner (Café opens at 4:30 pm) Café
6:30 – 9:00 pm Rehearsal 2 Choir | Heath 109Orchestra | Newport Mesa Jazz | Heath 001 Guitar | Heath 009 Newport Mesa
9:00-10:00 pm Dessert & Worship The Cove

Tyler Wolsten and Ashley Zerillo’s Senior Recital

Title: Tyler Wolsten and Ashley Zerillo’s Senior Recital
Location: Needham Chapel
Description: Recital Credit given
Start Time: 7:00pm
Date: 2012-03-30

Tyler Wolsten singing A Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn.

Ashley Zerillo singing Perduta ho la Speranza by Stefano Danaudy.

New Vanguard CD Available Now!

We have a new CD available in time for Christmas called Noel. Click on the link to order.




Wanted: Worship Arts Intern

Worship Arts Intern wanted at Crossroad Church (Tustin CA) See attached flyer.

Fall Orchestra and Jazz Concert

Title: Fall Orchestra and Jazz Concert
Location: Newport Mesa Church, 2599 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-10-27
End Time: 19:30

VU Faculty Dr. Jung-A Lee, Organ Dedication

Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach
Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

Dr. JUNG-A LEE is an adjunct faculty member at Vanguard University and organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.

The Artist

DR. JUNG-A LEE has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist, and conductor. She is Adjunct Professor at Vanguard University and is the Accompanist for the Men in Blaque vocal ensemble at UCI. Jung-A Lee earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, her Master of Music degree at Yale University, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Lee is chairman and founder of Music Mission International, a nonprofit organization, which promotes the beauty of music through the organ.

The Program

George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
arr. Hermann Keller
Allegro from Concerto in F Major, Op.4 No.4

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
arr. Alexandre Guilmant
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, Gott
from Sinfonia No.29, BWV29


František Xaver Brixi (1732-1771)
Pastorale in C Major

David Lasky (b.1957)
Bring a Torch

James Biery (b.1956)
Willie Take Your Little Drum
(Burgundian Carol)

Richard Lind
Ding, Dong, Merrily on High

Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)
Noel Suisse


Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Beautiful Savior

Marilyn Rinehart (1926-2012)
Precious Lord, Take My Hand


Corneliu Mootz (b.1975)

Guy Bovet (b.1942)
Hamburger Totentanz

The Organ

The organ at Trinity Lutheran, Manhattan Beach is a mechanical-action “tracker” instrument built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd. of Lake City, Iowa. The only other Dobson organ in the Southland is the magnificent instrument in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, downtown. Among the world’s premier organ builders, Dobson recently built the organ for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra . Read about Trinity Lutheran’s organ by clicking here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

1340 Eleventh Street
Manhattan Beach CA
(3 blocks east of Sepulveda, 1 block south of Manhattan Beach Blvd.)
For a Google map, click here.

Suggested Donation $12 / $5 students
includes an hors d’oeuvre & dessert reception

See All 26 Concerts of Trinity Lutheran Church’s
2012-2013 Concert Season by clicking here.