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Chamber Choir

The Bob Cole Chamber Choir's premiere performance of Richard Burchard's Lamentations of Jeremiah.

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.

The Bob Cole Singers after performing High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
The Bob Cole Singers after performing High Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy.

University Choir

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.

Forty-Niner Chorus

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

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).

Jazz Choirs

Pacific Standard Time

The Downbeat Award winning Pacific Standard Time.
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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Cantus & Forty-Niner Chorus

Jonathan Talberg and Brian Dokko, conductors

Program includes works by György Orbán, Kirke Mechem, Johannes Brahms, Randall Thompson and Steven Foster.

  • Friday, October 18, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Chamber and University Choirs
Music for Choir and Piano

Jonathan Talberg and Joshua Palkki, conductors

Featuring CSULB collaborative artist Gukhui Han performing works by Runestad, Argento, Trumbore, Elder, Brahms, and Dello Joio.

Chamber and University Choirs
Music for Choir and Piano

Jonathan Talberg and Joshua Palkki, conductors

Featuring CSULB collaborative artist Gukhui Han performing works by Runestad, Argento, Trumbore, Elder, Brahms, and Dello Joio.

The Opera Institute presents: Opera Masterpieces

David Anglin, director

The talented singer/actors of the Bob Cole Conservatory Opera Institute present their annual program of excerpts from the world of Opera. Suzan Hanson, a wonderful artist long associated with Long Beach Opera, is our Stage Director.

Don’t miss these wonderful selections from The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Cendrillon, L’elisir d’amore, Anna Bolena, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Misdummer Night’s Dream and The Tenderland.

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 8:00pm
    Sunday, November 3, 2019 @ 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7: Saturday / Sunday

Evening of Song

Alexander Hahn, director

Chamber Choir & Bel Canto
Faith’s Journey—Choirs by Candlelight

Jonathan Talberg, conductor

Opera Scenes

Brian Farrell, director

In our second fall Opera offering, the younger singers present an evening of favorite operatic arias and ensembles.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 8:00pm
    Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 12:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7 Saturday / Sunday

Pacific Standard Time & Jazz and Tonic

Christine Guter and Jonny Arenas, directors

Join us for an exciting evening of music hosted by our award-winning, internationally acclaimed vocal jazz program!

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Winter Festival Concert

Jonny Arenas, Brian Dokko, Christine Guter, Joshua Palkki and Jonathan Talberg, conductors

The Winter Festival Concert features more than 200 singers ringing in the holidays with favorite carols, songs, and classical works in Long Beach’s greatest Winter extravaganza. Set in the historic sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Long Beach, this traditional concert has thrilled audiences for over five decades. Enjoy the majesty of the great Möller organ, the supreme talents of the Southern California Brass Consortium, Pacific Handbells, and, of course, the combined voices of the CSULB choirs!

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