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Nov 08
Come hear OCC’s singers in action!

The choirs and soloists of Orange Coast College present a feast of American music on Saturday, November 19, at 8 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre!

You’ll hear everything from folk songs to Broadway, in performances by our 60-voice Chorale, our select Chamber Singers, and a handful of our outstanding vocal soloists. We’re especially proud to present a special performance of Norman Dello Joio’s “Song of the Open Road,” with Janelle Tag on piano and Alfred Lang on trumpet.

There’s something for everyone—including a reception afterward! Tickets $10 at www.occtickets.com or at the door.

Sep 27
“American Rhapsody” brings homespun classics to OCC

OCC Music present the American Rhapsody concertJoin us on Saturday, October 8th, for “American Rhapsody,” a concert featuring the OCC Symphony, the OCC Chorale, and the OCC Chamber Singers, under the direction of Ricardo Soto and Eliza Rubenstein! The concert takes place in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available now at the OCC Bursar’s Office, by calling (714) 432-5880, and online at www.occtickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Soprano Marlissa Hudson returns from the East Coast once more as the featured soloist in selections from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Pianist Janelle Tag will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the OCC Symphony. The OCC choral ensembles will join the orchestra for works by Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. You’ll recognize some familiar tunes and discover some new favorites!

Here’s the event on Facebook if you’d like to spread the word!

Aug 14
Attention OCC singers!

We’re nearing the beginning of another fabulous year for the OCC Music Department! We have some amazing things planned for our ensembles this season, and we invite you to be part of the fun. If you’re a singer, please 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.

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

Auditions will take place on Monday and Wednesday. 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 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 29th, 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!

May 17
Our first “Behind the Music” video!

Check out what you missed if you didn’t attend Saturday night’s choral-orchestral concert at OCC! The program included works by Haydn and Mozart, and was performed before a big, enthusiastic crowd; this great video was created by OCC film major Nathan Staph, who also sings tenor with our Chamber Singers. Enjoy—and don’t miss the next one!​​​


May 09
Choruses and orchestras present Classical masterworks

The OCC Symphony, Chamber Singers, and Chorale will perform a concert of Classical blockbusters on Saturday, May 14, at 8:00 p.m. in OCC’s Robert B. Moore Theatre. The program features an array of well-known and lesser-known “hits” of the Classical Era:

* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brief and cheerful “Tantum Ergo,” written when the composer was only in his mid-teens

* Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” one of his most popular and familiar works

* Mozart’s beautiful Clarinet Concerto, featuring Lea Steffens as soloist

Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass, a brilliant tour de force for soloists, chorus, and orchestra (with special guest Marlissa Hudson, who’s coming all the way from Washington, DC, to perform the famously difficult and pyrotechnic soprano solo!)

Joseph Modica, who has previously taught at Chapman University and the University of South Carolina, will make his debut as guest conductor of the OCC Symphony. Eliza Rubenstein, OCC’s Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, will lead the combined forces in the Haydn Mass.

Tickets for this evening of Classical masterworks are available for $10 and may be purchased at the OCC box office, through www.occtickets.com, or at the door.

An exclusive reception will be held for prospective OCC music students after the performance.

Apr 12
Young Singers dazzle

​​2011 Rotary Club/OCC Young Singers Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Rotary Club/OCC Young Singers Competition, held at OCC on April 9 and 10! On Saturday, our vocal faculty adjudicated more than 35 talented high-school-aged singers, narrowing the field to 10 for Sunday’s finals with adjudicator Alvin Brightbill. You can find a list of all the winners here—and perhaps you’ll see some of them on our stage in the years ahead!

Mar 08
OCC Musicians take the stage!

You don’t need to travel to new York to enjoy an evening on Broadway! Come experience a night of singing, dancing, and fun, including selections from “Damn Yankees,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Seussical the Musical.” Tickets are only $15 if you purchase in advance, so bring a friend and join us for what’s certain to be a night to remember!

Shows take place on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Visit www.occtickets.com to reserve your seats! We’ll see you there!

Jan 24
OCC choral auditions: Are you the next OCC Idol?

The OCC Chamber Singers and Chorale are looking for new members! If you’re a singer, you’re enthusiastically invited to audition for our terrific ensembles during the first week of classes.

The Chamber Singers, our most select ensemble, meets from 12:05 to 1:35 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Chorale, our larger chorus, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 to 3:00.

Here’s what you need to know:

* An informational meeting will take place in Music Room 101 on Monday, January 31, at 12:05 p.m. Auditions will begin immediately afterward. (If you have class at 12:05, please come as soon as you’re able.)

* You don’t need to prepare a formal solo, but do be ready to sing at least a portion of a song that you feel shows off your abilities.

* Brush up your music-reading! You’ll be asked to read (or attempt to read) a brief excerpt of simple music in your range.

* 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 Monday if you want to sing!

For more information, please contact director Eliza Rubenstein at ​erubenstein@occ.cccd.edu. Hope to see and hear you on Monday!​

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