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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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University String Quartet with NEOJIBA—the Children’s Orchestra of the State of Bahia

Moni Simeonov, director

NEOJIBA was founded by Ricardo Castro in 2007 and has quickly risen to be one of South America’s best orchestras. They perform regularly with prominent conductors and soloists and tour inside Brazil as well as abroad, gracing the stages of concert halls such as the Royal Festival Hall in London and Philharmonie in Berlin. 4 string players from NEOJIBA, ages 19 to 23, will be in residency at CSULB attending classes, workshops, lessons, and rehearsals in order to experience American college life.

The concert will feature works by Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich, performed by students representing NEOJIBA and the Bob Cole Conservatory String area.

  • Thursday, March 2, 2017
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Neil Varon, guest conductor

Esteemed Director of Orchestral Studies at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), Neil Varon, will be the featured guest conductor on this program. Prof. Varon is one of the most sought-after conducting teachers in North America and heads one of the most competitive conducting programs in the US. Faculty member Craig Richey will join him on Beethoven’s Piano concerto No. 4. Brahms’ well-loved Symphony No. 2 will feature rich sonorities in the strings and warm colors from the winds and brass on this program.

  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 with Craig Richey, faculty soloist
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 73
  • Friday, March 3, 2017
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

String Chamber Orchestra: Tour Send-off Concert

Germany and Czech Republic

Following an invitation from Germany, a select string chamber orchestra including our Director of String Studies, Moni Simeonov, under the direction of Johannes Müller Stosch, will depart on an 9-day tour in Germany and the Czech Republic. In this send-off concert in Daniel Recital Hall, we will present our tour program which will be performed in four major and historic cities throughout Germany and Prague.

String Chamber Music

Moni Simeonov, director

Collegium Musicum

David Garrett, director

University String Quartet

Moni Simeonov, director

Orchestra at The Beach

Erin Hobbs, conductor

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