Choral and Vocal Ensembles
California State University, Fullerton’s University Singers, directed by Dr. Robert Istad , rank among the nation’s premiere collegiate choral ensembles. The University Singers have performed throughout the world on its own and regularly perform with a variety of professional orchestras, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. They have earned praise for their work with conductors Carl St.Clair, John Mauceri, John Williams, Eugene Kohn, Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, and Keith Lockhart. Internationally acclaimed for their exquisite musicianship, they have been invited to perform at conferences organized by the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization and the Music Educators National Conference. Recently, the CSUF University Singers performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Andrea Bocelli, Kathleen Battle, recorded an album with composer John Williams and Sony Classical. They released a commercial recording with Yarlung Records for international wide release in November 2017 entitled Nostos: The Homecoming of Music .
The ensemble was in residence in Paris in June 2015 for a series of performances, and performed a concert of Tarik O’Regan’s music in Carnegie Hall in November 2015. The University Singers have performed at the 2018 and 2012 Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference, and the 2013 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association . Recent international concert tours have included stops in Austria, Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and just returned from a concert tour in Spain. They have sung at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, for UNESCO in Pisa, Italy, and at the Ottobeuren and Eingen Festivals of Music in Germany. The University Singers have also recently performed with Juanes, M83, Andrea Bocelli, Beck, Beach House, Sean Lennon and can be seen in the PBS production “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.”
The California State University, Fullerton Concert Choir, directed by Christopher Peterson, is a 74-voice auditioned, mixed ensemble comprised primarily of students studying voice in the School of Music. The Concert Choir gives a number of performances in Southern California every year, and has also toured in Canada, Hawaii, Europe, and the United States. The Concert Choir performs a variety of accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire, and collaborates annually with the CSUF University Singers to present performances of choral-orchestral masterworks. They have joined the University Singers in performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. For the past four years they have represented CSUF at the Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association Festival of Choirs. A major mission of the Concert Choir is to sing and perform traditional as well as new choral music at the highest artistic levels, and to communicate to their audiences through compelling and musical performances.
CSUF Concert Choir
Under the direction of Carol Aspling, the Women's Choir is a diverse group of talented treble singers hailing from a number of different majors and departments on campus. Basic and advanced singing techniques are included in rehearsals, as well as musicianship and sight singing training. This gender neutral choir performs a wide variety of repertoire representing all historical periods and styles. Performance opportunities include singing in the beautiful Meng Concert Hall, and the choir also appears in the Holiday spectacular, "Deck the Hall."
The 50-voice CSUF Titan Men's Chorus is an energetic and entertaining ensemble made up of a variety of majors and departments on campus. The choir rehearses regularly and performs eclectic programs of men's music from virtually every historical period and genre. Under the directorship of Dr. Christopher Peterson, the Titan Men's Chorus presents at least four annual concerts on campus in CSUF's world-class performing auditorium, the 800-seat Meng Concert Hall. Additionally, the choir occasionally accepts performance opportunities off-campus in venues throughout Southern California
Titan Men's Chorus
CSUF Opera Theatre
For over 15 years the CSUF Opera Theatre program has been directed by Professors Janet Smith and Mark Salters. They produce opera excerpts, one acts and full-length operas, both on campus, and at various venues in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. Each spring the CSUF Opera Theatre presents a fully staged opera production with orchestra; past repertoire includes Hansel and Gretel, Albert Herring, The Elixir of Love, The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Street Scene, The Gondoliers, The Mikado & The Crucible. The production in the fall is a program of various opera scenes and one act operas; Opera Theatre offers valuable musical, acting and staging opportunities, as well as behind-the-scenes experience in staging, costumes, props, make-up, set design and lighting. Classes in acting as well as master classes with famous guest artists are also offered.
Many former Opera Theatre student participants have gone on to stellar performing careers including opera’s preeminent dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt, soprano Joni Fukuda-Prado, mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum, tenor Charles Castronovo and bass-baritone Chris Job .