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UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR

Concert Choir 2012-2013The 90-member Vanguard University Concert Choir is the largest choral ensemble sponsored by the Department of Music at Vanguard University. The Concert Choir is quickly becoming recognized as one of the premier choral organizations among Christian universities and is well-received by all audiences due to its eclectic and inspiring range of vocal music including traditional, classical, sacred, praise and worship, and Contemporary Christian arrangements. The University Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. James L. Melton.
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UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S CHORUS

Women's Chorus 2012-2013The Vanguard University Women’s Chorus is a music ministry chorus of approximately 50 female singers and a small group of instrumentalists, focused on the study, rehearsal, and performance of SSA(A) choral literature representative of all periods of music, including standard classical repertoire, spirituals, folk songs, hymn/anthem arrangements, and contemporary music. Women’s Chorus has represented Vanguard University in concert at banquets, churches, and public and Christian schools throughout California and the Western United States. The University Women’s Chorus is under the direction of Dr. Joni Y. Prado.
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UNIVERSITY CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Concert Orchestra 2012-2013The 40-member Vanguard University Concert Orchestra is the largest instrumental ensemble sponsored by The Department of Music at Vanguard University. The Concert Orchestra is committed to excellence in music performance and is well-received by all audiences, due to its eclectic and inspiring range of orchestral music including traditional, classical, sacred, popular, and praise and worship arrangements. The focus of the Concert Orchestra is the study and performance of orchestral literature, including classics, spirituals, hymn/anthem arrangements and contemporary Christian music. The Concert Orchestra is under the direction of Mildred H. Yi.
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UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Jazz Ensemble 2012-2013The 20-member Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble is the newest major instrumental ensemble sponsored by The Department of Music at Vanguard University. The Jazz Ensemble is committed to excellence in music performance and is well-received by all audiences, due to its eclectic and inspiring range of music including swing, be-bop, cool, hard-bop, Latin, fusion, and others related to the jazz idiom. The Jazz Ensemble performs at special concerts on and off campus; provides music at athletic events, and other University functions. The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Foerch.
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Specialized Ensembles

VANGUARD SINGERS AND BAND

Vanguard Singers and Band 2012-2013The Vanguard Singers & Band is the longest running and most recognizable music performance group at Vanguard University. This select vocal and instrumental ensemble is under the direction of Dr. James L. Melton. This 23-member ensemble (comprised of 16 singers and 7 band members) represents Vanguard University at local churches, schools, prayer meetings, and conventions, including frequent weekend performances and an annual extended tour. Vanguard Singers & Band studies and performs sacred choral literature of all styles with an emphasis on contemporary Christian music.
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JAZZ COMBO

Jazz Combo 2012-2013The University Jazz Combo is an 12-member ensemble, focusing on jazz literature including swing, be-bop, cool, hard-bop, Latin, fusion, and others related to the jazz idiom. Arrangements of worship/spiritual tunes are also a vital component of the repertoire. The ensemble helps to develop an appreciation for jazz repertoire and the significance of jazz music as an American art form. The Jazz Combo is under the direction of Dr. Kenneth R. Foerch. Along with the Jazz Ensemble, the members of the Jazz Combo host an annual Jazz Festival in which High School & Junior High School Jazz Bands from around Southern California perform and compete. The Jazz Combo continues to bring excellence in their concerts and performances.
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GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Guitar Ensemble 2012-2013The Guitar Ensemble, under the Direction of Dr. Greg Glancey and Michael Nigro, is a small, specialized ensemble, studying and performing guitar literature of various styles and musical periods, including pieces newly-arranged or composed by Dr. Glancey, members of the ensemble, or members of the Vanguard Songwriters’ Showcase (VSS). In 2010, and again in 2011, they were invited on tour to Central California which has brought them much professional acclaim and expanded their reach beyond the Southern California area. This small ensemble of guitarists continue to bring excellence to every performance and have impressed their audiences with their unique approach to classic four-part arrangements.
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BARBERSHOP & BEAUTYSHOP QUARTETS

Beautyshop Quartet 2012-2013The Barbershop & Beautyshop Quartets are select quartets sponsored by the Department of Music at Vanguard. These groups have presented concerts in schools, churches, conferences/conventions, and other special events throughout the Southwest. They have a CD recording which features both quartets on their most popular songs entitled “Simply A Cappella.” These quartets bring the classic “Barbershop” style vocals and help to increase the performance ability of each singer as well as develop a confidence in singing that can only come from this style of music. One thing that makes this group unique is that they are student governed and led, which helps to build leadership in more ways than can be measured musically. These students are selected, not solely based on their musicianship/vocal ability, but they are also selected because of their upstanding reputation among faculty, staff and their peers.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Percussion Ensemble 2012-2013The Percussion Ensemble, under the Direction of Bill Schlitt, is a small, specialized ensemble, studying and performing percussion ensemble literature from all musical periods. They have been featured locally in specialized venues and their performances continue to bring excitement and musical magic. These students are committed to excellence through hours of intentional practice both as an ensemble and individually. You will not want to miss their exciting performances.

SAXOPHONE QUARTET

Sax Quartet 2012-2013The University Saxophone Quartet, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth R. Foerch, rehearses and performs original and arranged literature specific to the saxophone quartet. The group provides a positive and quality instrumental experience for music students and others from the student body that have an interest in developing skills necessary for the performance of chamber music. This ensemble helps to develop an appreciation for saxophone quartet repertoire, increase the ability of all players to sight-read music, and develop a strong sense of ensemble. Arrangements of worship/spiritual tunes are a vital component of the repertoire covered.

CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Chamber Music 2012-2013The Chamber Music Ensemble, under the Direction of Mildred Yi, Jenny Jung, Ellen Jung and Julie Jung, is a small, specialized ensemble, focusing its study and performance on chamber music work for string quartet, piano, guitar and flute. This ensemble performs regularly in small group combinations for various events and concerts.

 

book nowConnect with VU: To have one of the Music Department’s performance ensembles come to your church or school submit a Concert Request or contact the Music Events Office at concerts@vanguard.edu or dial 714.619.6412