Welcome to the Vocal Arts Program at Saddleback College. We offer several voice classes, choirs and opportunities to participate in Musical Theatre and Opera productions throughout the year.
Saddleback College Vocal students have transferred to prestigious University and Conservatory programs across the country. The educational philosophy is to always make student success a priority in our training. Therefore, we concentrate heavily on preparing our voice majors for transfer or to complete the Associate of Arts degree.
Lifelong learning is an important part of our vocal program at Saddleback College. No matter what level or experience, voice classes are an important part of musical growth. We have also had wonderful experience with recently graduated college students who are interested in expanding repertoire and performance experience as they prepare for Graduate School admission.
Under the direction of Dr. Scott Farthing, the Saddleback College Vocal program is a wonderful place to start your voice training, advance your established technique, or complete the first two years of undergraduate work and transfer to a University or Conservatory.
If you are interested in supporting the Vocal Program at Saddleback College, we are always looking for people willing to volunteer both time and resources. If you are interested in how you can become involved, please contact Dr. Farthing at email@example.com
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
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 voice, intermediate voice, musical theatre, vocal repertoire, and procedures and applied voice.
Saddleback College has a long tradition of choral excellence in Orange County. Currently there are two primary choral performance ensembles on campus.
The Saddleback College Community Chorale is made up of a diverse range of experienced singers from all walks of life. With the importance of intergenerational relationship at its core, the Community Chorale fosters musical experiences where education and choral performance intersect. The Community Chorale is offered through the College Emeritus Institute and encourages members of the community to become an active part of this ensemble. The group is made up of retirees, young professionals, families, hobbyists, music majors, housewives and househusbands. They all come together for the beautiful connection of singing in a wonderful ensemble.
The Saddleback College Community Chorale meets throughout the semester on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-10pm in FA101. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Scott Farthing and accompanied by long time Saddleback faculty, Pennie Foster.
The Saddleback College Chamber Singers is primarily made up of music major and minors who are interested in a high level of performance and rehearsal technique appropriate for voice majors. The Chamber Singers is a highly select group of students who are dedicated to making excellent choral music.
The Saddleback College Chamber Singers meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30PM-1:45PM in FA101. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Farthing and accompanied by staff pianist, Catherine Tibbitts.
Recent Repertoire Includes
O Magnum Mysterium Morten Lauridsen Combined Choirs
Ave Maria Norman Weston Chamber Singers
Gloria from Bminor Mass J. S. Bach Community Chorale
Domine ad adjuvandum G.B. Martini Chamber Singers
Refuge Scott Farthing Chamber Singers
Only in Sleep Eriks Esenvalds Chamber Singers
Symphony of Psalms Igor Stravinsky Combined Choirs
Requiem John Rutter Combined Choirs
Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell Chamber Singers
Mass in G Franz Schubert Community Chorale
Song of Democracy Howard Hanson Community Chorale
Testament of Freedom Randall Thompson Combined Choirs
The Armed Man Karl Jenkins Combined Choirs
Carmina Burana Karl Orff Combined Choirs
German Requiem Johannes Brahms Combined Choirs
Requiem Giuseppi Verdi Combined Choirs
Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Weber Community Chorale
Applied Program (Voice)
The Applied Voice Program at Saddleback College is one of the most competitive classes on campus. Through a highly selective audition process, students are selected on an extremely high level of musicianship and potential for success as a vocal major. While the program is taught with a strong foundation in classical vocal technique, it is also understood that not every singer is going to be specialize in classical voice. The philosophy holds the belief that solid vocal technique transcends through whatever style the individual wants to create.
Applied voice lessons provide the student with individual lessons with Dr. Farthing as well as individual coaching with Catherine Tibbitts. This program is necessary for any singer wanting to major in voice. In order to be in the Applied Voice Program, the student must be a music major or minor, be enrolled in the musicianship/harmony sequence, and be enrolled in a choral ensemble.
Auditions are generally on the first Thursday of each semester. Students are expected to bring a classical or musical theatre piece to the audition with a complete piano accompaniment for our staff pianist.
Voice majors have a unique opportunity to participate in Saddleback College’s Opera 101 program.
Each year, students will present a minimally staged opera in FA101 that allows the singers to have experience in singing roles from smaller operas with piano accompaniment. Having this practical performing experience is extremely beneficial when students transfer to universities and conservatory programs.
Past programs include:
Love, Italian Style (a collection of Italian arias about love)
Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell
Gallantry, A Soap Opera, Douglas Moore
The Elixir of Love, Donizetti
Phantom of the Opera, Lloyd Webber
Sailing the High C’s, Opera Choruses and Arias
The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti
The Goose Girl, Pasatieri
The Telephone, Menotti
The Medium, Menotti
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. Prepare a program of between five and ten minutes duration, preferably memorized and featuring contrasting styles, to showcase your abilities.