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Aug 23
Sing in a choir!

If you love to sing, OCC probably has a choir for you! We hope you’ll consider auditioning for a choral ensemble and/or private voice lessons. Here’s what you need to know…..

The Chamber Singers, our most select ensemble, meets from 12:05 to 1:35 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Chorale, a larger chorus open to singers with a wide range of experience, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 to 3:00. Private voice lessons, which are available to a limited number of qualified students, are scheduled individually.

required informational meeting for all interested singers will take place in Music Room 101 on Wednesday, August 29, at 12:05 p.m. in Music 101. (If you have class at 12:05, please come as soon as you’re able.)

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (if necessary). It is essential that all students attend the informational meeting to learn about the process. Admission to the ensembles is by audition only. You do NOT need to be currently registered in order to get in—and if you are currently registered, that’s not a guarantee of admission. Be sure to come on Wednesday the 29th if you want to sing!

Want to be especially prepared? If you’re auditioning for private lessons, please be ready to sing a song in the classical tradition that reflects your abilities, and please be sure you have two copies of your sheet music to bring with you. If you’re auditioning for a choral ensemble only, you don’t need to prepare a formal solo, but we will ask you to sing at least an excerpt of a song that demonstrates your skill. Also, brush up your music-reading—you’ll be asked to read (or attempt to read) a brief excerpt of simple music in your range.

Confused? Don’t worry! Everything will become clear on August 29th, and if you have pressing questions before then, please contact director Eliza Rubenstein at erubenstein@occ.cccd.edu. Thanks for your interest, and we’re excited to see and hear you!​

Jan 27
Sing this spring!
Happy new year and welcome back! As we begin the spring semester, we’ve got lots of exciting musical opportunities ahead for OCC singers. The OCC Chorale (Music 120, MW 1:45-3:00) is looking for new members, and if you’re interested, here’s what you need to know:
  • Admission is by audition, but don’t freak out—it’s fast, easy, and not scary! We’ll just ask you to sing a few lines of a song you choose, and try your hand at a bit of music-reading, and then you’ll be done.
  • Interested singers should come to Music Room 101 on Monday, February 1, at 1:45 p.m. We’ll tell you everything you need to know then!
  • You do NOT need to be pre-registered for the course in order to earn a spot. If you ARE pre-registered, you will still need to complete an audition in order to be in the chorus.
  • If you sang in the Chorale last semester, we hope you’ll come back for more! You may not need to re-audition, but please do come to the first day of class.

We’re hoping to have our biggest Chorale yet, and it’s going to be a terrific season that includes the chance to sing Mozart with a full orchestra, besides other fantastic opportunities. Don’t miss it!

Questions? E-mail Eliza Rubenstein, director of choirs, at erubenstein@occ.cccd.edu!​

Aug 20
Piano Scholarship Auditions
The OCC Piano Program offers piano scholarships! If you are majoring in music and attending OCC full-time, this is an opportunity for you!

Piano Scholarship auditions will take place Thursday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m. in the OCC Music Recital Hall (Room 102A).  Students perform one work from the standard classical piano repertory (either the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary Periods).  Scholarship recipients receive transferable college credit for weekly private lessons with OCC Piano Faculty; your scholarship covers the cost of private lessons for the entire Fall semester.

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, August 24 at 12:00 pm in the OCC Rehearsal Hall (Room 109).   If you have questions about Piano Scholarships, contact Piano Program Director Dr. Brian Gould at bgould@occ.cccd.edu.

Aug 09
Do you sing? OCC wants you!

If you love to sing, OCC probably has a choir for you! We hope you’ll consider auditioning for a choral ensemble and/or private voice lessons. Here’s what you need to know…..

The Chamber Singers, our most select ensemble, meets from 12:05 to 1:35 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Chorale, a larger chorus open to singers with a wide range of experience, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 to 3:00. Private voice lessons, which are available to a limited number of qualified students, are scheduled individually.

required informational meeting for all interested singers will take place in Music Room 101 on Wednesday, August 26, at 12:05 p.m. in Music 101. (If you have class at 12:05, please come as soon as you’re able.)

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (if necessary). It isessential that all students attend the informational meeting to learn about the process. Admission to the ensembles is by audition only. You do NOT need to be currently registered in order to get in—and if you are currently registered, that’s not a guarantee of admission. Be sure to come on Wednesday the 26th if you want to sing!

Want to be especially prepared? If you’re auditioning for private lessons, please be ready to sing a song in the classical tradition that reflects your abilities, and please be sure you have two copies of your sheet music to bring with you. If you’re auditioning for a choral ensemble only, you don’t need to prepare a formal solo, but we will ask you to sing at least an excerpt of a song that demonstrates your skill. Also, brush up your music-reading—you’ll be asked to read (or attempt to read) a brief excerpt of simple music in your range.

Confused? Don’t worry! Everything will become clear on August 26th, and if you have pressing questions before then, please contact director Eliza Rubenstein at erubenstein@occ.cccd.edu. Thanks for your interest, and we’re excited to see and hear you!​

Jan 29
Make spring semester a SING semester!

Happy new year and welcome back! As we begin the spring semester, we’ve got lots of exciting musical opportunities ahead for OCC singers. The OCC Chorale (Music 120, MW 1:45-3:00) is looking for new members, and if you’re interested, here’s what you need to know:

  • Admission is by audition, but don’t freak out—it’s fast, easy, and not scary! We’ll just ask you to sing a few lines of a song you choose, and try your hand at a bit of music-reading, and then you’ll be done.
  • Interested singers should come to Music Room 101 on Monday, February 2, at 1:45 p.m. We’ll tell you everything you need to know then!
  • You do NOT need to be pre-registered for the course in order to earn a spot. If you ARE pre-registered, you will still need to complete an audition in order to be in the chorus.
  • If you sang in the Chorale last semester, we hope you’ll come back for more! You do not need to re-audition, but please do come to the first day of class.

We’re hoping to have our biggest Chorale yet, and it’s going to be a terrific season that includes the chance to sing some of the great choral works of the Baroque era with full orchestra. Don’t miss it!

Questions? E-mail Eliza Rubenstein, director of choirs, at ​erubenstein@occ.cccd.edu!

Oct 24
OCC students take top honors in piano competition

Yuri Minami and Minh Pham, two OCC piano majors who study with Instructor of Music Teresa DeJong-Pombo, won first prize in the prestigious California Association of Professional Music Teachers Ensemble Competition on October 12. The duo performed Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos.

Minami, a native of Japan and an international student at OCC, has studied piano since the age of two; Pham, who moved to Orange County from Vietnam eleven years ago, began playing the instrument only two years ago as a teenager.

Click here to read OCC’s full Coast to Coast story on the winning pair. Congratulations, Yuri and Minh!

Aug 19
Calling all singers!

If you love to sing, OCC probably has a choir for you! We hope you’ll consider auditioning for a choral ensemble and/or private voice lessons. Here’s what you need to know…..

The Chamber Singers, our most select ensemble, meets from 12:05 to 1:35 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Chorale, a larger chorus open to singers with a wide range of experience, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 to 3:00. Private voice lessons, which are available to a limited number of qualified students, are scheduled individually.

required informational meeting for all interested singers will take place in Music Room 101 on Wednesday, August 27, at 12:05 p.m. in Music 101. (If you have class at 12:05, please come as soon as you’re able.)

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (if necessary). It isessential that all students attend the informational meeting to learn about the process. Admission to the ensembles is by audition only. You do NOT need to be currently registered in order to get in—and if you are currently registered, that’s not a guarantee of admission. Be sure to come on Wednesday the 27th if you want to sing!

Want to be especially prepared? If you’re auditioning for private lessons, please be ready to sing a song in the classical tradition that reflects your abilities, and please be sure you have two copies of your sheet music to bring with you. If you’re auditioning for a choral ensemble only, you don’t need to prepare a formal solo, but we will ask you to sing at least an excerpt of a song that demonstrates your skill. Also, brush up your music-reading—you’ll be asked to read (or attempt to read) a brief excerpt of simple music in your range.

Confused? Don’t worry! Everything will become clear on August 27th, and if you have pressing questions before then, please contact director Eliza Rubenstein aterubenstein@occ.cccd.edu. Thanks for your interest, and we’re excited to see and hear you!​

May 01
Check out our spring performances!

Spring is concert season at OCC! Check our Events Calendar and plan to enjoy one or more of our offerings this May—including the Spring Choral-Vocal Showcase,Sweeney Todd in concert, our Musical Theatre Workshop, and performances by our Wind and Jazz Ensembles, plus a terrific line-up of student recitals. Many are free and all are affordable on any budget, so we hope you’ll join us for a spring filled with great music!

Feb 06
OCC Opera presents “Trial by Jury….and More!”

OCC Opera presents - Trial by Jury... and MoreWhat happens in the courtroom when the Pirate King from Pirates of Penzance, the Three Little Maids from School from The Mikado, King Gama from Princess Ida, and even more G & S characters are on jury duty as Angelina sues Edwin for breach of contract of marriage? Find out when OCC Opera presents the complete Trial by Jury,with bonus scenes woven into the storyline to extend the fun-filled evening!

This clever and comical production is directed by Susan Ali, and features a cast of talented OCC students and a chamber orchestra conducted by Ricardo Soto.

Friday, February 21, 7 pm
Saturday, February 22, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, February 23, 3 pm

All shows take place in OCC’s brand-new recital hall (Music building 102). Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by visiting www.occtickets.com or calling (714) 432-5880. Don’t miss it!​

Dec 11
Sing in the New Year!

It’s almost time to begin a new season of singing at OCC! We hope you’ll consider auditioning for a choral ensemble and/or private voice lessons. Please read on for the details!

The Chorale (Music 120), our largest chorus, is open to singers with a wide range of experience and meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 to 3:00.

The Chamber Singers (Music 122), our most select ensemble, meets from 12:05 to 1:35 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Chamber Singers is generally a full-year commitment, but we do consider highly qualified singers with outstanding musicianship and music-reading skills for mid-year admission.

Private voice lessons (Music 290), which are available to a limited number of qualified students, are scheduled individually. Singers who do not receive private lessons are strongly encouraged to enroll in a group voice class!

New singers are requested to attend an informational meeting on Monday, January 27, at 1:45 p.m. in Music Room 101. We will discuss the opportunities available for singers this semester, and hold informal auditions for ensembles and private lessons. Admission to ensembles and voice lessons is by audition only.

You do NOT need to be currently registered in order to get in—and if you are currently registered, that’s not a guarantee of admission. Be sure to come on Monday if you want to sing!

Want to be especially prepared? If you’re auditioning for private lessons, please be ready to sing a song in the classical tradition that reflects your abilities, and please be sure you have two copies of your sheet music to bring with you. If you’re auditioning for a choral ensemble only, you don’t need to prepare a formal solo, but we will ask you to sing at least an excerpt of a song that demonstrates your skill. Also, brush up your music-reading—you’ll be asked to read (or attempt to read) a brief excerpt of simple music in your range.

Confused? Don’t worry! Everything will become clear on Monday the 27th, and if you have questions before then, please contact director Eliza Rubenstein at ​erubenstein@occ.cccd.edu. Thanks for your interest, and we’re excited to see and hear you!​

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