October 27, 2014

High School Choirs to Attend Festival in Weill Hall


Jonathan Talberg, conductor of the Chamber Choir at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU-Long Beach.

Singers from Albany, Casa Grande, Montgomery, Maria Carrillo and Petaluma high schools and the Marin School of the Arts will participate in the annual High School Choral Festival hosted by Jenny Bent on November 7. 

Clinician for the day-long festival, now in its 13th year at Sonoma State, will be Jonathan Talberg, Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies and Associate Director of the Conservatory at CSU-Long Beach, where he conducts the nationally renowned Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir.


Clinics are free and open to the public. All events take place in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Parking is available in Lots L, M, N and O.

Dr. Talberg has twice conducted at the Music Educator’s National Conference regional honor choir, at numerous regional and statewide conferences, and in various venues throughout Europe and Asia, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s and St. Mark’s Basilicas in Italy, the Karlskirche in Vienna, the Matyas Templom in Budapest, and at the Great Hall of the People in China. In constant demand as a guest conductor, he has worked with all levels of singers—from elementary to professional—throughout the United States and Europe. He has prepared choirs for the Cincinnati Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Symphony and the Pasadena Pops.

Prior to his appointment at CSULB in 2000, Dr. Talberg served as Conducting Assistant to the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops and as principal choral conductor at Arrowbear Music Camp. Before graduate school, he taught high school choir in Orange County and at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.  A ten-year member of the California ACDA board, he is currently serving as Past-President.  He is also an editor at Pavane Music Publishing, where a choral series is published under his name.

Of the many hats he wears each day, the one he is most proud of is as mentor to the next generation of choral musicians. 

Dr. Talberg received a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Chapman University and his MM and DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship, underwritten by the Oliver Family Foundation, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and the May Festival Chorus. His teachers include Roger Wagner, William Hall, Earl Rivers, John Leman and Elmer Thomas.



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