Vocal Music

Welcome to the Choral and Vocal Music Program at Saddleback College. Students from this top-notch program continue their studies at the best universities and conservatories in the nation.

 

 

Please feel free to contact Dr. Scott Farthing with any questions.
SFarthing@Saddleback.edu

 

 


 

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Grace Fong and Gilles Apap Violin and Piano Recital

Date: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

REFLECTION OF THE OCEAN CLASSICAL KEYBOARD SERIES
Presents

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McKinney Theatre
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International concert artists perform a duo violin-piano recital. Dr. Grace Fong is a prize-winning pianist with an international career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and contemporary keyboardist. Praised as "positively magical" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and "immediately a revelation" (Arizona Central). Gilles Apap  is a French classical violinist.

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Jazz Faculty Concert

Date: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join the Jazz Faculty as they kick off the school year with an eclectic mix of original music and great jazz standards. This wonderful ensemble features our entire jazz Faculty: Jerry Pinter on saxophone, Ron Stout on trumpet, Jamie Rosenn on guitar, Luther Hughes on bass, Paul Johnson on drum, Ariel Alexander on saxophone, and Director of Jazz Studies Joey Sellers on trombone.

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Concert Hour with Laszlo Mezo Cello Concert

Date: 
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

CONCERT HOUR

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FA 101
FREE Admission

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo Mezo gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation. Mr. Mezo has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher, and chamber musician. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Always eager to pass on his knowledge, Laszlo has conducted master classes in Japan, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, and the United States. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Mezo is a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is a sought after soloist, and an active studio musician in Hollywood. He has played in many film scores, some most updated blockbusters include Ice Age, Life of Pi, Wolverine, and The Lone Ranger.

Jazz Day with Jazz Singer Tierney Sutton

Date: 
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Saddleback College Big Band welcome Grammy Nominee Jazz Singer Tierney Sutton to celebrate Jazz Day at Saddleback College. Sutton is a five-time Grammy Nominee for "Best Jazz Vocal Album" as well as for arranging. She was Jazzweek Vocalist of the Year in 2005. For the past 20 years, Sutton has fronted the Tierney Sutton Band featuring pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt and drummer Ray Brinker. They tour throughout the world and have headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl and Jazz at Lincoln Center. For 11 years, she taught in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Southern California. In 2008, she became the Vocal Department Chair at Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, California.

 

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Violin Master Class with Movses Pogossian

Date: 
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:15pm

FA 101

FREE Admission

Native of Armenia, violinist Movses Pogossian made his American debut performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops in 1990, about which R. Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: “There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance…” Movses Pogossian has since performed with orchestras such as the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Halle Philharmonic in Germany, the Sudety Philharmonic in Poland, the Tucson Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Toronto Sinfonia.mpogossian.jpg

Jean Michel-Pilc, Ari Hoenig, Francois Moutin Jazz Performance

Date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

CONCERT HOUR

JEAN MICHEL-PILC, ARI HOENIG, FRANCOIS MOUTIN JAZZ PERFORMANCE
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FA 101/FREE Admission

“One of the astounding jazz piano trios of the past decade.”
Don Williamson, Jazz Review
"After many years of sharing the bandstand, one thing’s sure: There’s deep chemistry between pianist Pilc, bassist Moutin and drummer Hoenig. You can hear it in the precision of the miniatures comprising the new Threedom" Jim Macnie - VILLAGE VOICE

 

Saddleback Star 2015

Date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

McKinney Theatre
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Which Saddleback student will be crowned Saddleback’s own vocal star? Join us for this exciting vocal competition in which the audience chooses the winner. The second annual competition should be just as wildly fun as the first. Cell phones and cameras welcome!

 

 

Jazz Lab Ensemble

Date: 
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE

McKinney Theatre
$10 general; $7 students/seniors
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Don’t miss this great performance from our talented jazz lab ensemble.

Wind Ensemble Performance

Date: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:30pm to Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 9:00pm

WIND ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
McKinney Theatre
$10 general; $7 students/seniors
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Directed by Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, the Saddleback College Wind Ensemble will present this delightful concert featuring a full spectrum of Wind Ensemble sounds.

Master Class with Violin Professor Martin Beaver

Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

MASTER CLASS WITH VIOLIN PROFESSOR MARTIN BEAVER, COLBURN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, LOS ANGELES
FA 101
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Canadian violinist Martin Beaver was First Violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from June 2002 until its disbanding in July 2013. As such, he appeared to critical and public acclaim on the major stages of the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Saddleback piano students will perform.

Concerto Gala -- Catch A Rising Star

Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

CONCERTO GALA – CATCH A RISING STAR
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Winners of the 2014 Music Teachers Association of California Concerto Competition Perform

McKinney Theatre

$10 general; $7 students/seniors
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Conducted by Yorgos Kouritas, the Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra presents Saddleback students Jonah Cervantes, cello, and Ariana Espinoza, piano, winners of the 2014 Music Teachers Association of California Concerto Competition.

Piano Recital Guest Artist

Date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

REFLECTIONS OF THE OCEAN CLASSICAL KEYBOARD SERIES
PIANO GUEST ARTIST

McKinney Theatre
$15 general; $12 seniors; $10 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID
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Guest artist,  to be announced, will perform a piano recital.

Concert Hour Opera Performance

Date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

OPERA 101
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Dr. Scott Farthing’s opera students will perform an opera to be announced.

 

 

 

 

Elixir of Love Opera

Guest Lecture by Alto Saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman

Date: 
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

GUEST LECTURE BY ALTO SAXOPHONIST & COMPOSER JACOB ZIMMERMAN

FA 103/ FREE Admission
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Alto saxophonist and composer Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the Seattle creative-music community. As an educator, Jacob teaches private lessons in jazz improvisation and saxophone, and works as an ensemble coach for the Seattle JazzED after-school program.

Jazz Lab with Saxophonist John O'Gallagher

Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

McKinney Theatre
$10 general; $7 students/seniors

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New York jazz saxophonist John O'Gallagher is a force to be reckoned with both as a performer and as a composer." - Blogcritics.org -" a player with crisp articulation and intriguing ideas" - JazzTimes
"He is a leader in every sense of the word." - Jazz Review

"flat-out thrilling" - Cadence Magazine

"convincingly ferocious" - Downbeat

John O'Gallagher Trio

Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

McKinney Theatre
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A performance by the John O’Gallagher Trio will delight jazz enthusiasts. Born in California, based in New York since the early 90’s, O’Gallagher has recorded extensively for discerning labels like Clean Feed and Fresh Sounds, and has been a mainstay of big bands for Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and the late Joe Henderson, with whom he won a Grammy. The trio consists of John O’Gallagher – alto sax, Ronan Guifoyle – bass, and Jeff Williams – drums.

Concert Hour -- Saddleback Students in Recital

Date: 
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

McKinney Theatre
FREE Admission
 

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Piano Master Class with Irene Peery-Fox

Date: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

FA 101
$10 general; $7 seniors; $5 students
 

Concert Pianist and Professor  of Piano at Brigham Young University, Irene Peery-Fox,irene_peery_fox_for_web.jpg conducts a master class. Saddleback students will perform.

Saddleback Big Band Concert

Date: 
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

McKinney Theatre
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Directed by Joey Sellers, this concert features student arrangements. You won’t want to miss this exciting performance.

Piano Ensemble and Advanced Piano Student Concert

Date: 
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

REFLECTIONS OF THE OCEAN CLASSICAL KEYBOARD SERIES
PIANO ENSEMBLE AND ADVANCED PIANO STUDENT CONCERT

McKinney Theatre
FREE Admission
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Saddleback piano ensemble and advanced piano students will perform.

 

Saddleback Jazz Combos

Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

McKinney Theatre
$10 general; $7 students/seniors
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The Saddleback Jazz Combos create stimulating jazz on the McKinney stage.

Commercial Music Ensemble

Date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

COMMERCIAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE

OUTSIDE IN FINE ARTS COURTYARD
FREE Admission

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Saddleback's Commercial Music Ensemble will perform classic rock, folk, hip hop and original compositions.

Saddleback Wind Ensemble Concert

Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

McKinney Theatre
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Directed by Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, the Saddleback College Wind Ensemble will present this delightful concert featuring a full spectrum of Wind Ensemble sounds.

Dr. Scott Farthing

Dr. Scott Farthing Scott Farthing is currently Director of Choral and Vocal Music and Professor of Music at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA where he teaches voice, conducts the college choirs, and teaches beginning, intermediate, Advanced, and Applied voice. Dr. Farthing also has had the privilegea of serving on the Applied Voice Faculty of the Los Angeles campus of the American Music and Dramatic Academy and as Chair of the Department of Music and Associate Professor of Music at the University of La Verne.

Dr. Farthing is a much sought after choral conductor directing choral festivals, clinics, and workshops throughout the United States. Dr. Farthing has worked as a collaborative keyboard artist at choral festivals across the country including the ACDA National Middle School Honor Choir in San Antonio and the National Honor Choir at Lincoln Center in New York City. Dr. Farthing is also publishing choral works with several publishers including Walton Music, Colla Voce, and Santa Barbara that are quickly becoming part of standard choral repertoire.

His choral works have been featured at National ACDA conventions, Mid America Vocal Arts Festival, Southeastern Vocal Arts Festival, and All-State and Regional Choruses throughout the country. He has recently received commissions from the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Heartland Men’s Chorus, St. Louis WOMEN'S Chorale, the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northern Connecticut All-State Chorus, Colorado All-State Chorus, and numerous church music programs throughout the country. 

In addition to his work with choral music, Dr. Farthing is an avid proponent of music of the stage and has conducted, directed, or played for many operatic and musical theatre productions throughout his career. Equally at home on the stage, Dr. Farthing has also performed in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, the Baker in Into the Woods, Papageno in The Magic Flute. In addition to his duties at Saddleback College, Dr. Farthing is Director of Music Ministries at Anaheim United Methodist Church. He holds degrees from Friends University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Contact Information:
sfarthing@saddleback.edu
Phone: 949.582.4751

 

John Huntington

John Huntington John Huntington’s lifelong study of the human voice is reflected in an enduring career as a singer and actor, as well as more than 30 years of teaching and coaching. As one of California's premier musical theatre artists, Mr. Huntington has won acclaim in roles as widely diverse as Bud Frump, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Cyrano de Bergerac. His vocal gifts are similarly varied and embrace the operatic, oratorio and concert repertoires, as well as folk, jazz and church music.

His singing career began as a highly regarded boy soprano in Gian-Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, and continues to the present as a respected baritone. A popular recitalist and concert soloist, he has frequented the stage with symphonies, opera companies and choral organizations. He has championed new works by living composers like Robert Stoddard and revitalized old works by dead ones. His long list of stage credits includes the Dons Giovanni, Pasquale and Magnifico in La Cenerentola and Quixote in Man of La Mancha. He played the role of Neville Craven in the West Coast premiere of The Secret Garden, which garnered him a coveted Dramalogue Award. Other roles include Fagin in Oliver, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr. Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Starbuck in 110 in the Shade. He has played demons in such plays as Peer Gynt, gods in the Greek Tragedies, and even "God" himself in four productions including the west coast premiere of Stephen Schwartz's hit musical, Children of Eden. He also appeared in the National Company of The Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco, and young audiences will recognize him as "Hans" in the popular children's video, Rigoletto.

 

Dubravka Zubovic

Dubravka Zubovic Dubravka Zubovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She began her voice studies at the early age of 14. Within a short period of time Dinko Fio, the chorus conductor at the Croatian National Radio/TV, discovered her as a young prodigy. After graduating from Zagreb Academy of Music with a BA degree she became a leading mezzo-soprano of Belgrade Opera, Serbia. Vladimir Ruzdjak, a renowned baritone, was her voice teacher. In 1977 Ms. Zubovic graduated with an MA degree in Music from Belgrade University, in the class of Anita Mezetova. From 1977-1978 she studied at Teatro alla Scala di Milano ( Centro di Perfezionamento ), one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, with Gina Cigna and Ettore Campogalliani ( voice teacher of Pavarotti, Mirella Freni ), Mo Beltrami and Mo Pastorino. Her long time mentor was renowned soprano Zinka Milanov.

Ms. Zubovic is a recipient of many prestigious awards from singing competitions: bronze medal at the International Singing Competition in Geneva, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” award (Rosina) at the singing competition “Francisco Vinas” in Barcelona, Duet Award in Oostende, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, Hilversum, etc. During her illustrious 25 year career, she performed all over the world, including the USA, Australia, Latin America and Europe; from Carnegie Hall in New York, Melbourne in Australia, Paris in France to Belgrade in Serbia. The operatic roles she has performed include Carmen, Rosina, Adalgisa, Amneris, Dalila, Preziosilla, Azucena and many others. Her repertory includes opera, Lied, and oratorio.

In 1987 Zubovic made her debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has sung with the Pacific Opera at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.Since 1991 she has been living in Orange County, California. In January of 2010 she joined the Saddleback College Music Department as an adjunct Professor of Applied Voice and a language coach.

Dubravka Zubovic is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and MTAC (Music Teachers' Association of California).

The following courses fulfill the major performance group requirement for the AA Degree. The Performance Groups with ( * ) are those accepted for credit for students in the Applied Music Program. Acceptance into these Groups or Ensembles is by audition and consent of the instructor. See the Schedule of Classes or contact the instructor for the audition dates.

It is recommended that all Music Majors considering transfer be enrolled in a performing ensemble every semester. Music Majors who are pianists may perform in an ensemble each semester through participation in one of the approved department ensembles or through assigned chamber music, accompanying, and activities administered by the piano Ensemble class.

Symphony Orchestra

The Saddleback Symphony specializes in a POPS series, which features "An Evening of Lerner & Loewe," "The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein," and "A George Gershwin Spectacular." Many of the Symphony's concerts have involved full chorus and guest artists. The Orchestra also has a wide repertoire of Broadway and Hollywood favorites, and has been in the forefront technologically, staging laser-light and multi-media concerts which combine music with film.

The Saddleback Symphony is also dedicated to nurturing the careers of talented young musicians. Each year, the Orchestra co-sponsors a concerto competition for instrumentalists and vocalists studying with members of the Music Teachers' Association of California or the American String Teachers' Association. In addition to cash prizes and trophies, the winners receive an invitation to perform as guest soloists with the Symphony in a special concert presentation.

MUS 42 SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA*
Recommended Preparation: Previous experience in an instrumental group
Studies and performance of standard orchestral literature. Public performance required for credit. This course is offered as open-entry/open-exit.

MUS 43 STRING ORCHESTRA
Recommended Preparation: Previous experience in performing groups
Designed to read, study, and perform orchestral literature written especially for strings. Offered as open-entry/openexit.

 

Wind Ensemble

The Saddleback College Wind Ensemble is dedicated to the promotion and performance of quality symphonic wind ensemble literature. The ensemble is made up of college students, community members, professional musicians and select high school students. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. New members are always welcome to the ensemble.

MUS 40 WIND ENSEMBLE*
Recommended Preparation: Previous experience in an instrumental group
Emphasizes rehearsal and performance of standard band literature. Public performances are required for course credit. Performances include athletic games, assemblies, and concerts. This course is offered as open-entry/open-exit.

MUS 41 SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE*
Recommended Preparation: Previous instrumental training and demonstrated proficiency
An elite concert band, playing the finest traditional and contemporary band literature available. Emphasis is on a high degree of individual musicianship and fine ensemble playing. Formal concert to be given with outstanding guest soloist and/or conductors. This course is offered as open-entry/open-exit.

 

Questions or comments about the Fine Arts and Media Technology Division may be sent to:
Nina Welch nwelch@saddleback.edu

One of the most vibrant applied programs offered by any undergraduate music school in the United States, the Applied Program is the Saddleback Music Department's crown jewel. Competitive and comprehensive, the Applied Program enrolls students in a weekly applied lesson, an ensemble class (piano ensemble for pianists), and a weekly concert hour, a performance class required of all music majors, during which students demonstrate their performing abilities before their classmates and the Music Faculty, in a professional concert setting. Most Applied Program students also enroll in classes such as music theory, music history, and choir.

Auditions for the Applied Program are held on the first Thursday of each semester between Noon and 2 pm in room FA 101. To schedule your audition, contact the Applied Program Coordinator, Professor Norm Weston: nweston@saddleback.edu. Prepare a program of between five and ten minutes duration, preferably memorized and featuring contrasting styles, to showcase your abilities.