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University Symphony Orchestra

The 80-member Symphony Orchestra at California State University, Long Beach, is recognized as one of the finest university orchestras in Southern California.

A wide and varied repertoire, ranging from the Baroque to the 21st Century emphasizing historically informed performance practices, is presented in four repeated programs each semester. Collaborations with a variety of faculty artists, composers, ballet companies and CSULB’s Choral/Opera Department are regularly featured.

Graduate student conductors are given frequent rehearsal and performance opportunities with the ensemble. The goal of the orchestra is to provide training and stimulus for aspiring professional musicians and music teachers, to encourage qualified students of the University to continue to cultivate their skills, and to present the finest in symphonic literature to the university, community and public at large.

Membership is open to both major and non-major participation.

Go to the main Orchestra pages for detailed information.

Chamber Ensembles

The Department Of Music is proud to offer a wide variety of chamber music experiences for the aspiring professional musician. Coached and conducted by the foremost leaders in the field, the ensembles exhibit a very high level of performance excellence. Each ensemble is in popular demand and performs concerts both on and off campus. The philosophy of the chamber music program is to provide students with a wide exposure to and performance of the standard and contemporary chamber literature. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the chamber ensemble program by experiencing a variety of performance ensembles.

String Chamber

Some of the greatest music ever written is for small string ensembles. In collaboration with winds and piano, this incredibly beautiful repertoire is explored in weekly-coached rehearsals and three class performances each semester. Emphasis is placed on the ensemble skills of listening, collaborating and leading. Stylistically informed performances are joyously presented. Membership is open to both major and non-major participation. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

University String Quartet

Some of the greatest music ever written is for small string ensembles. In collaboration with winds and piano, this incredibly beautiful repertoire is explored in weekly-coached rehearsals and three class performances each semester. Emphasis is placed on the ensemble skills of listening, collaborating and leading. Stylistically informed performances are joyously presented. Membership is open to both major and non-major participation. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

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Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor

Join us for our opening concert of the orchestra season. Faculty member Rob Frear will play the virtuosic Tomasi concerto. All-time favorites España and Tchaikovsky’s most famous symphony will make for an exhilarating evening.

  • Chabrier: España
  • Tomasi: Trumpet Concerto with Robert Frear, faculty soloist
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

  • Friday, September 16, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Erin Hobbs and Ioannis Protopapas, conductors

Our October cycle customarily features a select portion of the full orchestra in two fantastic shorter pieces, one neoclassical, the other neo-romantic. Student competition winner Paul Blackwell will play a Jazz inspired Piano Concerto by Kapustin followed by a West-coast premiere of Florence Price’s Symphony in E minor, a gem in every regard, which should gain in popularity. Graduate student conductors Erin Hobbs and Ioannis Protopapas will be featured on this concert.

Chamber Orchestra

  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
  • Delius: Two Pieces for Small Orchestra

Full Orchestra

  • Nikolai Kapustin: Piano Concerto No. 4 with Paul Blackwell, student winner of the 2015/16 Instrumental Concerto Competition
  • Florence Price: Symphony in E minor

  • Friday, October 14, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

University String Chamber

Joon Sung Jun, director

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7 *

University String Quartet

Moni Simeonov, director

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7 *

Collegium Musicum

David Garrett, director

  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7 *

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor

Several students and faculty members have been waiting for this day for years—we are performing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a piece that changed the musical landscape for decades. This incredibly difficult work is preceded by two overtures and one of the shorter tone poems by Richard Strauss. This will be an exciting program and one of the best events at BCCM all year!

  • von Weber: Freischütz Overture
  • Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
  • Borodin: Prince Igor Overture
  • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

  • Friday, November 18, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

Beach Orchestra

Erin Hobbs, conductor

  • Monday, December 5, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7 *
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