About Us

Members of the Vanguard University Concert Choir are selected through an audition and interview process, and represent almost all of the forty (40) academic majors offered at Vanguard University, with more than half of the members being non-music majors. The Concert Choir performs locally at churches, schools, and conferences, and can be seen annually on the Hour of Power broadcast, recorded at the Crystal Cathedral, and televised both domestically and internationally. 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 Director

Dr. James L. Melton 2012The Vanguard University Concert Choir has been under the direction of Dr. James L. Melton, Department Chair of Music. Dr. Melton earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Choral Music from Arizona State University (1987), as well as the Master of Music degree (MM) in Conducting. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree (emphasis in piano and voice, BME) from Oklahoma Baptist University. While at OBU, he won several artist scholarships and awards in addition to performing with the Oklahoma City Symphony. Dr. Melton has teaching experience in schools from high school through the college/seminary level, as well as over 25 years of experience leading music in churches of various denominations and sizes.

The Tours

The Vanguard University Concert Choir tours yearly, outside of local, monthly bookings. In the spring of 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012 Concert Choir toured in New York City and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Times Square Church, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In addition to the New York tours, the University Concert Choir tours all over the Western United States ministering to churches, schools and participating in choral competitions.


The Vanguard University Concert Choir has recorded five CD projects, the most recent is Magnificent and Holy. For ordering information please follow this link.

Booking Information

book nowThe Vanguard University Concert Choir is available for booking October through April, often taking longer regional tours in March and/or May. These concerts are being reserved up to one year in advance. Please contact the Music Events office at 714.619-6412 or concerts@vanguard.edu to request the group for your specific event, church, or school.