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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!

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