The Road Home to California . . . . and Choral Gold!
Vol.11 - May 30, 2010
by Brad Nelson

I was born and bred in California.  In fact, I'm a San Diego native (quite rare) who has returned to "America's Finest City" (so the San Diego Union-Tribune keeps reminding us).  I was first introduced to choral singing in church, then high school, and finally at the University of Redlands - - all in California.  Today, my impression is that many choral directors in California are "immigrants" from other states.  California has imported Choral Gold!
After 3 years in New York and almost 8 years in Indianapolis (my sons are Hoosiers), I had an opportunity to move back to the Golden State where I have witnessed an influx of this Choral Gold from all over America.  It has been enriching to meet many of these "migrating" conductors and to experience the rich and explosive growth of their choral influence - - particularly within the 500,000 student California State University system!  It is clear that the CSU schools have made a strong commitment to the choral arts!
This past weekend, my wife and I had the privilege of introducing some new friends to our every-week tradition of "Friday Nights at the Cove" - our regular routine of walking at La Jolla Cove, then sitting in our beach chairs for hours as we feast at our portable table and watch magnificent sunsets - even the occasional "green spot" - as the sun dips into the ocean.  Our guests:  Dr. Christopher Peterson is a music professor entering his fourth year at California State University, Fullerton.  In addition to his leadership of the Men's Chorus and teaching music education courses, he is the newly-appointed conductor of the CSUF Concert Choir.  His wife Tina Peterson, will begin next Fall as the newly-hired choral director at Irvine High School.  They are prime examples of the Choral Gold which has enriched our State.  In fact Chris hails from Maine (how far away can you get!), moved to Wisconsin, then escorted his "always-lived-in-the-Midwest" bride to California where they live at the beach!
I am fortunate to know many California choral conductors as friends and acquaintances. Thank you so much for performing my music in our Golden State!



CSU Chico - Jeffrey Gemmell, Director
(Currently at the University of Colorado at Boulder)
For Whom The Bell Tolls

CSU Fresno - Anna Hamre, Director
She Walks In Beauty
Gladde Things
For Whom The Bell Tolls
This Central Garden

CSU Long Beach - Jonathan Talberg, Director
Good King Wenceslas
In Flanders Fields

CSU Sacramento - Donald Kendrick, Director
Sweet Are The Lips Of All That Sing

San Francisco State University (CSU) - Joshua Habermann, Director
(Currently Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale)
She Walks In Beauty
Gladde Things

San Jose State University (CSU) - Charlene Archibeque, Director
Gladde Things

CSU Stanislaus - Daniel Afonso, Director
She Walks In Beauty
In Flanders Fields
There Will Come Soft Rains



Colleges & Universities:
Azusa Pacific University Oratorio Choir, Azusa - John Sutton, Director
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo - John Knutson, Director
Fresno Pacific University - Roy Klassen, Director
University of Redlands - Erwin Ruff and Jeffrey Rickard, Directors

MACCC State Conference Choir, San Francisco - Joshua Habermann, Director
(Music Association of California Community Colleges)
Consumnes River College, Sacramento - Cassie Hill, Driector
El Camino College, Torrance - Joanna Nachef, Director
Las Positas College, Livermore - Jim Heiner, Director
Long Beach City College - Skye Angelo, Director
Los Angeles Valley College - Jennifer Kelly, Director
Los Angeles City College - Irene Kim, Director
Mira Costa College, Oceanside - Jim Shepherd, Director
Solano Community College, Fairfield - Helen Intintoli, Director
West Valley College, Saratoga - Lou De La Rosa, Director

California ACDA Reading Sessions
California CMEA Reading Sessions

Community Choirs:
Fresno Community Chorus - Anna Hamre, Director
Lompoc Valley Master Chorale - Kathleen Hacker, Director
Paradise Community Choir - Sam Gronseth, Director
San Diego Master Chorale - Martin Wright, Director
Torrance Civic Chorale - David Burks, Director
Vocal Arts Ensemble, San Luis Obispo - Gary Lamprecht, Director
Yuba City Master Chorale - Joaquina Johnson, Director

High Schools:
Bishop HS - Diane Lanane, Director
Davis HS - Karen Gardias, Director
Del Oro HS, Loomis - Marlene Astle, Director
El Diamante HS, Visalia - John Sorber, Director
Enterprise HS, Redding - Deborah Divine, Director
Etiwanda HS, Ontario
Fountain Valley HS - Ted Reid, Director
Granite Hills HS, El Cajon - Merryl Nelson, Director
Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood - Rodger Guerrero, Director
Hemet HS - Bonnie Pumphrey, Director
La Canada HS - Lori Marie Rios, Director
Los Altos HS - Mark Shaull, Director
Los Banos HS - Tom Faria, Director
Poway HS - Barbara Fletcher, Director
Redlands HS - Ken Tuttle, Director
Sacramento HS - Bill Zinn, Director
San Ramon Valley HS - Ken Abrams, Director
San Francisco HS
Santa Ynez HS - Cameron Clarno, Director

High School Regional Honor Choir, Chico - Jeffrey Gemmell, Director
High School Regional Honor Choir, Stockton - Anna Hamre, Director
Northern California Honor Choir - Anna Hamre, Director
California Coastal Region Honor Choir, Stanford University - Daniel Afonso, Director
CMEA All-State Middle School Honor Choir, Ontario - Anne Hamre, Director
CMEA State Convention, Pasadena - Anna Hamre, Director
CMEA State Convention, Ontario - John Sorber, Director

College Avenue Baptist Church, San Diego - Bradley Nelson, Director
First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa - Doug Albertson, Director
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles - Jonathan Talberg, Director
La Jolla Methodist Church, La Jolla - Rebecca Basilio, Director
Lake Avenue Congregational Church, Pasadena - John Sutton, Director
Los Altos United Methodist Church, Los Altos - Bill Golden, Director
Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, San Diego - Lyle Stone, Director
San Carlos United Methodist Church, San Diego - Jim Tompkins-McClain, Director
South Shores Church, Monarch Beach - Bob Perry, Director
St. James By-The-Sea, La Jolla - Steven Townsend, Director



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