Choral and Vocal Music

 

The Moorpark College Choral and Vocal program (MCCV) offers a diverse selection of courses and performance opportunities to train both the amateur eager to learn new skills, and the next generation of professional vocal musicians. 

Students in the Music Major (Voice) program have the opportunity to thrive in a cross-collaborative environment by participating in large-scale choral/orchestral masterworks, small ensembles, vocal techniques classes, individual applied instruction, and classroom learning. 

Students in the Choral and Vocal program will learn from accomplished and award-winning faculty, dedicated staff, and their fellow colleagues.  Upon successful completion of the AA-T in Music, many of our students have transferred to continue their advanced studies in music at renowned schools and conservatories across the country, to include: CSU Northridge, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Florida State University, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, California Lutheran University.  Moorpark College Choral & Vocal Program alumni can be seen in theatrical productions, recording studios, and concert halls across the country.  


Choral Ensembles

The Moorpark College Choral & Vocal Program has three choral ensembles to participate in.  Learn more about each ensemble below.  Interested in joining us or have questions?  Contact us via email at (MCChoralVocalStu@vcccd.edu) or fill out the form below. 

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Vocal Ensemble (MUS M12) | Audition Required | MUS M10 Recommended Preparation and Co-Requisite

The Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned chamber ensemble.  Vocal Ensemble is mainly comprised of students in the AA-T Music Major program to continue their studies in vocal music.  This advanced ensemble presents numerous performances throughout the academic year featuring core repertory works from a wide variety of time periods, styles, and genres.  In addition, Vocal Ensemble participates in the annual major works performance in collaboration with the Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, the Vocal Ensemble has toured to Spain to perform in basilicas throughout Córdoba, Madrid, and Granada, and also performed at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican City.  In Summer 2019, they will travel to Central Europe for a 12-day performance tour.  Vocal Ensemble also represents Moorpark College at the Music Association of California Community Colleges Conference (MACCC), and also participates in workshops hosted by Disney. 

Auditions for Vocal Ensemble take place during the first instructional day of each semester.  Interested students should register for the course and attend the audition day.  Please have one vocal selection of your choice prepared.  An accompanist will be provided.  A brief musicianship assessment will also be administered.  Please contact Professor Brandon Elliott (belliott@vcccd.edu) for more information. 

Learn more about Concert Choir in this informational video made by students in the FTMA program!

Concert Choir (MUS M10) | No Audition | No Pre-Requisite

The Concert Choir is open to all students enrolled at Moorpark College, and also to members of the community.  This is a non-auditioned ensemble, and members of this choir come from a variety of majors and musical backgrounds.  Students in Concert Choir learn the fundamentals of music theory as well as the fundamentals of vocal technique.  Concert Choir studies an eclectic selection of repertoire that is both challenging and enjoyable.  The ensemble presents two performances each semester.

Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (MUS M34) | Audition Required | MUS M10 Recommended Preparation and Co-Requisite 

The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, better known as "Dynamix" within our campus community and the collegiate a cappella circuit, is Moorpark College's elite contemporary vocal ensemble.  Students in this specialized ensemble study, rehearse and perform contemporary vocal literature to include a cappella and jazz music.  Students in this ensemble come from a variety of backgrounds in music and study techniques such as vocal improvisation, vocal percussion, and other extended contemporary vocal techniques.  Created in 2017, the ensemble has already competed twice in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).  

Auditions for Contemporary Vocal Ensemble take place during the first instructional day of each semester.  Interested students should register for the course and attend the audition day.  Please have one vocal selection of your choice prepared.  An accompanist will not be provided and you will be expected to sing a cappella.  A brief musicianship assessment will also be administered.  Please contact Professor Brandon Elliott (belliott@vcccd.edu) for more information.  


Choral and Vocal Program Faculty

Brandon Elliott | Director of Choral & Vocal Activities 

Marilyn Anderson | Adjunct Professor of Voice

Stephanie Aston | Adjunct Instructor of Voice & Musicianship

David Castillo | Adjunct Instructor of Voice​

Marcus Klotz | Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Kevin Fukagawa | Collaborative Pianist

Choral and Vocal Program Student Interns

Christopher Consaga | Choral & Vocal Program Office Coordinator

Sara Dagnan | Choral & Vocal Student Activities Coordinator

Grace Teh | Choral Ensembles Assistant

Savana Thomas | Applied Music & Class Voice Assistant