Vocal Music Faculty

Dr. Scott Farthing

Scott Farthing is a Southern California based conductor, composer, pianist, vocal pedagogue, stage director and actor with a professional career spanning over thirty years. Dr. Farthing has conducted All-State choirs, regional honor choirs, as well as college, church, high school and junior high choirs throughout the country as a guest clinician. He is most noted for his choral compositions that are featured in choral standard lists across the United States. 
 
In 2005, Farthing was appointed Professor of Music at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California, a position that he still holds. While at Saddleback, Farthing has taught all levels of voice class, Applied Music, Choirs, Musical Theatre, Honors Humanities, Honors Music Appreciation, and served as the Chair for the Department of Music. He continues working on collaborative projects with the Theatre and Dance Departments and has directed productions including Legally Blonde, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and She Loves Me. He also directs the Opera 101 outreach program where he has directed productions of The Medium, The Goose Girl, The Telephone, Mitridate, Gallantry, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Elixir of Love, and Dido and Aeneas.
 
In addition to his work in Academics and Music, Farthing has become a noted speaker and writer. With invitations to speak at churches and community groups, he has encouraged people with insight to approaching their lives with confidence and inspiration by using their stage fright and fear of failure as a motivation and weapon for success. Dr. Farthing received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory where he had the privilege of being both accompanist and Assistant Director for all the choirs under Eph Ehly and Charles Robinson. Dr. Farthing’s compositions are represented by Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music, Colla Voce and distributed by Hal Leonard. Dr. Farthing is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Association of California Community Colleges and the American Choral Director’s Association.  Please see www.scottfarthing.com for more information.
 
Dr. Farthing teaches
MUS80                   Beginning Voice Class
MUS81                   Intermediate Voice Class
MUS82                   Vocal Repertoire and Procedures
MUS20H                Honor’s Music Appreciation
HUM10B               Honor’s Humanities
MUS290X              Community Chorale (Community Chorale, Tuesday 6:00-10:00)
MUS32                   Singing Society (Chamber Singers, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45)
MUS33                   Chorale (Chamber Singers, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45)
MUS34                   Early Music Ensemble  (Chamber Singers, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45)
MUS35                   Contemporary Choir  (Chamber Singers, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45)
TA10                      Musical Theatre Techniques
TA210                    American Musical Theatre
TA211                    Musical Theatre Audition Techniques
MUS50                   Applied Voice Lessons
 
 
 

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.

Mr. Huntington teaches
MUS80                   Beginning Voice Class
MUS81                   Intermediate Voice Class
MUS82                   Vocal Repertoire and Procedures

Catherine Tibbitts, Accompanist
Catherine Tibbitts has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University, where she received the awards for "Piano Performance" and "Most Outstanding Musician." She has worked throughout Orange County for many years as an accompanist for Opera Pacific, the Laguna Playhouse, Mission Viejo High School Choral Department, South Coast Symphony, and various soloists. Her musical background includes choral directing, musical directing, composing (she is published by Jackman Music), and arranging. She served for many years on the board of the Orange Coast Cities Branch of Music Teachers' Association of California, has a California Teaching Credential (K-12 Music), and maintains a private piano studio in her home.

Ms. Tibbitts works with students from:
Chamber singers, beginning coice, intermediate voice, musical theatre, vocal repertoire, and procedures and applied voice.