Director of Choral, Vocal, & Opera Studies
Dr. Jonathan Talberg serves as Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach where he is conductor of the 2016 "Choir of the World"—the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir. His ensembles have performed with groups as diverse as the Kronos Quartet, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Rolling Stones. He has twice conducted at the National Association for Music Education regional honor choir, at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 American Choral Directors Western Convention and at the 2009 and 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences. He has lead All-State choral concerts from Oregon to Maine, and has performed in various venues throughout Europe and Asia, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s and St. Mark’s Basilicas in Italy, the Karlskirche in Vienna, the Matyas Templom in Budapest, and at the Great Hall of the People in China. In constant demand as a guest conductor, he has worked with all levels of singers—from elementary to professional—throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to his work at the Bob Cole Conservatory, Dr. Talberg is Music Director at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, where he conducts both the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Singers, a 16-voice professional chamber choir that sings weekly in service. He served as Director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival from 2008 until 2013, and before that, as conductor of the Long Beach Bach Festival and Camerata Singers. Dr. Talberg is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award from the California Music Educators Association, "honoring extraordinary accomplishments in music education."
Prior to his appointment at CSULB in 2000, Dr. Talberg served as Conducting Assistant to the Cincinnati Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival, and as principal choral conductor at Arrowbear Music Camp in Southern California. Before graduate school, he taught high school choir in Orange County and at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. He is a past-president of the California Chapter of the ACDA. He is also an editor at Pavane Music Publishing, where a choral series dedicated to outstanding quality, collegiate-level music is published under his name.
Of the many hats he wears each day, the one he is most proud of is mentor to the next generation of choral musicians. Alumni of the Bob Cole Conservatory Choral Studies program are teaching at elementary, middle and high schools, churches, community colleges and four-year universities throughout the country. Recent Bob Cole Conservatory graduates are currently earning—or have finished—their doctorates in choral music at the University of Michigan, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California.
Dr. Talberg received his BM in Choral Conducting from Chapman University, where he received the Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts award in 2014. He earned his MM and DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and the May Festival Chorus. His conducting teachers include Roger Wagner, William Hall, Earl Rivers, John Leman and Elmer Thomas.