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!
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.
A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your interest, and we’re excited to see and hear you!
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!
What 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 pmSaturday, February 22, 3 pm & 7 pmSunday, 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!