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.




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Jazz Lab with Guest Artist Trombonist Ryan Dragon

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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$10 general; $8 students/seniors

Trombonist Ryan Dragon joins the Saddleback Jazz Lab in concert. Born in Orange County, California in 1987 Dragon began studying trombone at the age of 10 under the leadership of Bill Tole, Ira Nepus, and Joey Sellers. After finishing Esperanza High School, Dragon attended the Berklee School Of Music where he studied Jazz Composition. Dragon's first engagement was a Cirque Du Soleil show called Bananna Schpeel, a traveling show in Canada. After Cirque, Dragon spent a short stint in NY where he freelanced before finally moving to Los Angeles where he currently lives. In LA Dragon enjoys playing With Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band, John Beasley's MONK'estra, The StradBand, Kim Richmonds Concert Jazz Orchestra, John La Barbera's Big Band, Ron King's Big Band, Danny Seraphine's C.T.A, Lee Ritenhour Bill Holman and Mark Masters Ensemble to name a few.


A Concert of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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FREE Admission (donations accepted to benefit Mary’s Kitchen)

A concert of Thanksgiving featuring the Saddleback College Community Chorale, soloists, and Saddleback College music alumni. The concert is free with a free-will offering to benefit Mary’s Kitchen, a non-profit program that feed our disadvantaged community.482243_219646421511367_126445800_n.jpg

Saddleback Jazz Combo Concert

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Saddleback College’s Jazz Combos bring their jazz creativity with standards and original student compositions.




A Feast of Lights

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm to Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 6 at 2 & 5 pm
Sunday, December 7 at 2 & 5 pm


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$20 general, $15 students/seniors
A Feast of Lights has been a holiday tradition for over 25 years! Perhaps one of the oldest traditions at Saddleback College, this year’s Feast of Lights will highlight both old and new holiday favorites for chorus and orchestra. Get the holiday season started off with this sparkling concert for all ages! Due to the popularity of this wonderful holiday, program, an evening performance has been added on Friday.  Special hors d’oeuvres provided by Saddleback College’s exquisite Culinary Arts program.


Concert Pianist Norman Krieger Master Class

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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$15 general; $12 seniors; $10 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID

Concert artist and USC piano professor Norman Krieger will present a master class.  Saddleback advanced piano students will perform. A native of Los Angeles, Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. He regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, among them the New York, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Dayton and Hamilton Philharmonics, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Baltimore, California, Chicago, Cincinnati, Florida, Hartford, Honolulu, Kansas City, Milwaukee, National, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Saint Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras.

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Saddleback Students in Recital

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


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Voice, instrumental, piano, and jazz students perform in recital. Come see why Music at Saddleback College is so highly regarded – its our very talented students!

Winter Winds

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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


Holiday Jazz Concert

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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$10  general, $7 students/seniors

Conducted by Joey Sellers, this special holiday concert starts early so you can bring the kids!  A fun concert that features unique arrangements of Holiday favorites, and it’s a great opportunity to introduce youngsters to this great American music called Jazz. This lively concert for the whole family features a sing-along, some humor, and a special gift for the first 150 folks in the theatre.

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Student Composition Recital

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

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Students in the Saddleback College music composition program will premiere their original works.



Commercial Music Ensemble

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Saddleback students perform classic rock, folk, hip hop and original compositions.



Grace Fong and Gilles Apap Violin and Piano Recital

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



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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.


Jazz Faculty Concert

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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Jazz Day with Jazz Singer Tierney Sutton

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

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


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“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

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

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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!



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:
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.