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Chamber Choir

The Bob Cole Chamber Choir performing Sydney Guillaume’s Tchaka

The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble at CSULB. Described by composer Eric Whitacre as "The gold standard of American University Choirs," the ensemble was named "Choir of the World" in 2016 at the Welsh National Isteddfod. Comprised of the top singers at the University, the Chamber Choir tours yearly and has concertized throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and China. The Chamber Choir is committed to performing the greatest works from the choral canon and premieres by composers both emerging and world famous. The Chamber Choir performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences at Yale in 2009, at the College of Charleston in 2013, at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2021, and at Western ACDA Conventions in 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, and 2022. Alumni of the Chamber Choir are teaching K-12 music in schools throughout California, running collegiate choral programs of nationwide importance, leading worship in church and synagogue, and are currently under contract as singers with the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Wolf Trapp, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles Opera.

Since its inception in 1949, the ensemble has been conducted by a distinguished line of nationally recognized conductors, including Frank Pooler, Ed Thompson, Leland Vail, Lynn Bielefelt, and, since 2000, Jonathan Talberg.

University Choir

University Choir is a select ensemble of 55-75 voices. The University Choir has appeared before regional and national conventions of the ACDA, MENC, and CMEA, demonstrating its versatility in presenting works from the Renaissance through the 21st century. The choir has recorded extensively and appears on soundtracks for film and video games. The University Choir was the first American choir to tour Scandinavia, and has toured extensively on 4 continents. It is conducted by Jonathan Talberg and the extraordinary students of CSULB’s Master’s Program in Choral Conducting.


ConChord is a non-auditioned choir open to all students at CSULB. The ensemble is a place for communal music-making across the whole CSULB campus. Its mission and name come from the word concord, meaning "harmony between people." In pursuit of this mission, ConChord serves as an artistic space that presents programming to promote how we as a CSULB community work to build a better world.

Jazz Choirs

Pacific Standard Time

Pacific Standard Time dressed up and ready to perform.
The Downbeat Award-winning Pacific Standard Time.

Pacific Standard Time is a highly select 8-12 member ensemble, requiring refined musicianship and improvisation skills. The group performs a wide variety of vocal music in the jazz genre.

Pacific Standard Time has appeared at both the American Choral Director's Western Division Convention and the California Music Educators Association Convention. The ensemble tours and records yearly.

Jazz And Tonic

Jazz And Tonic is a select 8-12 member vocal jazz ensemble. This group focuses on jazz harmony and style, as well as improvisation. Jazz and Tonic performs at concerts and jazz festivals annually.

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