Choral, Vocal, & Opera Studies
A Letter From The Area Director
Welcome to the Choral, Vocal, and Opera area of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Almost daily, I receive emails and phone calls from prospective students and their parents asking me, "Why should I come to the Bob Cole Conservatory? What makes the voice program special, and what do you consider to be your strengths?" These are some of my favorite questions, because I believe we are not only the best value in collegiate music education in California, but our alumni have consistently shown that a Bob Cole education allows them to do exactly what they wanted to do when they started school—follow their dreams as performers, teachers and scholars.
As a student at CSULB’s Bob Cole Conservatory, you will receive weekly voice lessons with some of the finest studio voice faculty in the country. You will be immersed in five centuries of repertoire and you will be nurtured by teachers who care—really care—for their students. You will be held to the highest standard in practice and in performance, and you will gain the needed skills to become a professional. The ensembles you’ll sing in are some of the most celebrated in the nation, with appearances at national conferences, yearly touring opportunities, and collaborations with living composers like Richard Burchard, Jake Runestad and Eric Whitacre. Our fully staged, orchestrally accompanied operas are selected to highlight the talent we have in-house; we do not use ringers or faculty in our productions.
Alums of our program make a living in music. They perform on TV, on the nation’s great operatic stages (including the MET, San Francisco, LA, and Cincinnati), in Broadway touring companies, with major bands, in combos, on cruise ships, and in the recording industry. They sing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Pacific Chorale, The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Music education majors who elected to have voice as their principal instrument are teaching at every level. They are elementary school teachers and Directors of Choral Activities at great schools of music. They are private voice teachers and church choir directors. They are living their musical dream and sharing the joy of performance and singing with the next generation.
The faculty and I are passionate about our program. We believe in the transformative power of music in people’s lives and we work to share that with our students, our audiences and our community every day.
I encourage you to come and visit. Plan a day; participate in rehearsals, observe lessons and sit in on classes. See for yourself what makes the Bob Cole Conservatory such a special place to sing.
Jonathan Talberg, DMA
Area Director, Choral Studies
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music