Camarillo, Calif., Aug 1, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands Choir invites members of the community to join a diverse group with a shared passion for singing. Auditions will be held by appointment throughout the month of August and can be arranged by contacting the choir’s instructor, Dr. KuanFen Liu, at 805-278-0375 or downbeatplus@gmail.com.

The choir is offered as part of the University’s Performing Arts Program and is a weekly class that meets Monday nights from 7 to 9:50 p.m. in Malibu Hall 140 on the CI campus.  Community members compose more than two-thirds of the choir, creating a diverse range of ages and expertise that enhances the student’s experience in the classroom. Each semester, the curriculum covers a wide range of musical genres and periods from Medieval to the present time, and offers members the chance to perform publicly throughout Ventura County as well as on the CI campus.  Enrolled students can find the class in the course catalogue under PAMU 307 University Chorus 1.  Students do not need to audition to participate in the class but will need to sing for the instructor to determine vocal range and placement within the choir.  The first class meeting of the fall semester is Monday, Aug. 27.  Visit the choir’s website at http://choir.csuci.edu to learn more about the class and upcoming events.

The choir is led by Professor KuanFen Liu.  Dr. Liu holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, a Master of Music in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in voice performance from Tunghai University in Taiwan.  She has conducted the choir since its inception in 2004.

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) is the sponsor of the choir.  CICA is a 501 (c)(3) organization that serves Ventura County, bringing music education and performance to our local schools and community.  Community members pay a fee of $75 to CICA each semester of participation.  For more information, contact Joan Rust, President of CICA, at 805-484-6601 or joan@rusts.net, or visit http://cicachoir.org.

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