Camarillo, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 – The CSU Channel Islands Choir invites the public to become part of a diverse group united in the joy of singing. Auditions for the campus/community choir will be held by appointment through Jan. 28. Those interested in auditioning should contact the choir’s instructor, Dr. KuanFen Liu at 805-278-0375 or downbeatplus@gmail.com.

Rehearsals begin Monday evening, Jan. 28, on the CI campus. All voice types are invited to audition, though there is a special need for tenors and basses. This semester, the choir will perform “Gloria” by Francis Poulenc and Mozart’s “Kyrie, K. 341” with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in Camarillo and Ventura.

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. 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.

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.

Visit the choir’s website at http://choir.csuci.edu to learn more about the class and upcoming events. 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 the 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@rust.net, or visit http://cicachoir.org.

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