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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!​

Sep 28
Audition for OCC’s production of “Trial by Jury”!

​Court’s in session….and the verdict is that we want you to try out for Opera Magnifica!

On February 21, 22, and 23, the OCC Music Department will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious operetta, Trial by Jury, along with additional G & S selections.Trial by Jury….and More!, directed by Susan Ali and conducted by Ricardo Soto, will be performed in OCC’s beautiful new Music Recital Hall. All interested singers are encouraged to audition for the large cast, which includes jurors, townspeople, attorneys, and more! Bring a song that demonstrates your vocal and acting talents (and be sure to bring sheet music in the correct key for our accompanist).

Auditions are on Tuesday, Oct. 1, starting at 7:30 pm and Wednesday, Oct. 2, starting at 7 pm.  You may sign up on the audition sign-up sheet which will be posted on the outside door of Room 101 on Monday in the Music Corridor.

For more information, email Susan Ali at  sali@occ.cccd.edu.​

Sep 10
Come meet OCC’s new Steinway pianos on Focus Day!

Steinway grand pianoOCC didn’t just get a beautifully renovated and modernized music building this fall–we also got several brand-new Steinway grand pianos! They’re already in use in our piano classes and lessons, and you can hear our new 9-foot concert grand when Professor Brian Gould plays George Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the OCC Symphony on October 5, but you can also hear a sneak peek on Focus Day, this Friday, September 13. OCC piano students will be performing a mini-recital on the new pianos before and during the continental breakfast and ribbon-cutting between approximately 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. Come by and hear what we’re so excited about!

Aug 07
So you want to sing at OCC this fall?

Fantastic! It’s almost time for the OCC Music Department to swing back into high gear, and we can’t wait for you to see our beautiful new building and help us fill it with beautiful music. If you’re a singer, 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. (Our year will include a spring trip to Chicago to perform in Symphony Hall!) 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 28, 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 28th 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 28th, 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!​

Apr 09
OCC choirs and singers perform FREE concert on April 28

Our Spring Choral-Vocal Showcase happens on Sunday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m. in the fantastic acoustics of Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach. This beautiful venue is only 12 minutes from the OCC campus, and the concert will feature music by Brahms, Bernstein, the Beatles, and more. Admission is FREE and donations will be cheerfully accepted! Come early for the best seat.

Mar 12
"Carmina Burana” on the OCC stage!
Mar 12
OCC Symphony present Brahms Symphony No. 2 May 11

OCC Symphony, under the direction of Ricardo Soto, will present Brahms’ Second Symphony at 8:00 in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Tickets are $10 available at the door or occtickets.com.

Feb 19
OCC Wind Ensemble Concert 5.5.13 @ 3:00p RBM Theater

Music of Film IV Scintillating silver screen epics, including The Dark Knight, Porgy & Bess & Silverado. $5 ($7 @ the door)

Feb 19
Opera Magnifica!

OCC Music presents - opera magnificaLove the drama of opera, but not wild about sitting through four hours of it? We’ve got just the show for you! Opera Magnifica features some of our finest singers, under the direction of Dr. Susan Ali, performing the most memorable scenes from several centuries’ worth of favorite operas. You’ll hear music by Mozart, Donizetti, Gilbert & Sullivan, and more. Poignant, witty, and hilarious by turns, this is a show for opera-lovers and opera-skeptics alike!

Saturday, February 24, at the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Tickets $10 in advance (www.occtickets.com) or at the door!

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