The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach is the premier choral ensemble at CSULB. 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 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 Western Conventions in 2008 and 2012 and at the World Symposium of Choral Music in the Netherlands in 1999. Recently, the ensemble has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony. Alums 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, Cincinnati, and Virginia Operas.
Since its inception in 1949, the ensemble has been conducted by a long line of nationally recognized conductors, including Frank Pooler, Ed Thompson, Leland Vail, Lynn Bielefelt, and Jonathan Talberg.
University Choir is a select ensemble of 65-75 voices. The University Choir has appeared before regional and national conventions of the ACDA and MENC, demonstrating its versatility in presenting works from the Renaissance through the 20th 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.
The Forty-Niner Chorus, comprised of over 100 singers, is open to all CSULB students who wish to sing and enjoy the choral art. The Forty-Niner Chorus often performs extended works by composers such as Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Orff. The ensemble combines with the Chamber Choir, University Choir, and University Symphony Orchestra to perform master works.
Bel Canto is an auditioned ensemble that provides soprano and alto vocalists with a unique singing experience in performing the rich repertoire of music composed especially for treble voices, from the Middle Ages to the present.
Cantus is an auditioned ensemble open to all tenors and basses at CSULB interested in performing various choral repertoire, while acquiring basic vocal technique and musicianship skills. The ensemble will have several performance opportunities throughout the academic year, including combined concerts with Forty-Niner Chorus, Bel Canto, University Choir, and Chamber Choir. To join Cantus, register for MUS 200I (freshman and sophomores), 400I (juniors and seniors), or 600I (post-baccalaureate).