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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

Our new Director of String Studies, Prof. Moni Simeonov, will be featured with the orchestra on Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov’s Violin Concerto. This powerful and rarely performed work is a true masterpiece that will transport you straight to the Balkan. Featuring the Carpenter Center’s three 9-foot grand pianos, Mozart’s triple piano concerto will delight with wit and exuberance.

  • Rossini—The Barber of Seville Overture
  • Mozart—Triple Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 242
    Brian Farrell, Clara Cheng, and Johannes Müller-Stosch, pianists
  • Pancho Vladigerov—Violin Concerto, Op. 11
    Moni Simeonov, violin

  • Friday, March 4, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

String Chamber Music

Henri Gronnier, director

Collegium Musicum

David Garrett, director

University String Quartet

Moni Simeonov, director

Celebrating Music

Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor

This true masterpiece and one of Verdi’s best-known works will feature nearly all resources of the Bob Cole Conservatory. Four of our best-known alumni singers take time off their performing careers to return to the Carpenter Center for this special event. The choir will consist of our combined choirs.

Verdi’s Requiem
Marina Harris, soprano
Jessie Shulman, mezzo-soprano
J.J. Lopez, tenor
Tyler Alessi, bass
Combined CSULB Choirs

  • Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10
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