Citrus College’s vocal music program can prepare you for a career in performance, as a recording artist, or as a music educator. We offer a broad spectrum of courses designed to help you get the training and education you need to succeed in the challenging and competitive music industry.
We also combine our vocal department with our dance and drama departments to offer a unique and professional experience. Department alumni include Broadway and film performers, studio vocalists, composers, conductors and teachers.
There are a multitude of performance opportunities for vocal enthusiasts:
“I have never worked harder in my entire life than in Citrus Singers, and I loved every minute of it!! It prepared me for the professional music world, and I will always be grateful. As an elementary vocal music teacher in Rowland Unified, I try to instill the love of good music in my students. I will never forget my years at Citrus College.”
- Darlene Cease McGrady | Educator
“Recently, I had to do a presentation for 350 people at a medical company. I walked out on stage and, instead of getting nervous, I got that old ‘Citrus Singer surge’ of excitement. The skills work in business as will as stage performing. Business audiences still like to be entertained. They like to be involved. They like to be surprised.”
- Joanne DeRitis | Business Professional
“Through my experience in Citrus Singers, studying with instructors Douglas Austin, John Vaughan and Ben Bollinger, I received a majority of the training that has allowed me the career I have today.”
- Kevin Noonchester | Princeton/Rod; Las Vegas Company – Avenue Q
“I love using Singers because they are always well-rounded, talented, and stand out in a crowd.”
- Dan Solis | Former Singer and Casting Director Disney Entertainment Productions
Citrus College has one of the finest and most enterprising Music Departments in Southern California. The Instrumental Music Program offers amazing facilities, diverse performance opportunities, and classes taught by world class faculty with extensive professional industry experience.
Citrus offers a variety of top notch performance ensembles to prepare you for a successful career in music. Our music ensembles have received national and international acclaim and regularly perform concerts in Hawaii, Japan and Europe. Many Citrus students have gone on to perform with major rock acts such as NO Doubt, Green Day and the Offspring; on Broadway, and on cruise ships. Some choose to continue their training at prestigious music conservatories.
Citrus faculty and students have recorded and performed with a variety of premier talents in the music industry, such as Gwen Stefani, Kevin Lyman (the Warped Tour), John Avila (Oingo Boingo, Real Big Fish), and Sammy Nestico and have recorded TV commercials, HBO and feature movies such as The Mighty Ducks III.
At Citrus you will develop your musicianship in the Applied Music/Individual Instruction Program, where you will get the personal instruction needed to reach your full potential as a musician. Classes in song writing, electronic music, improvisation, and recording arts will help prepare you for the expanding role of today’s musician, and you will develop a comprehensive musicianship studying music fundamentals, harmony, musicianship and music history.
Formed in 2001, and Directed by William Hoehne, the Sierra Wind Symphony has grown to provide Citrus College instrumental musicians the opportunity to explore the most sophisticated, challenging and expressive symphonic music at the highest levels of professionalism.
The instrumentalists in the Sierra Wind Symphony also enjoy the benefits of studio performance by recording frequently in the world class Citrus College recording studios.
For further information email Mr. Hoehne.
With a combined fifty years of professional performing, directing and choreography experience, instructors Douglas Austin, John Vaughan and Renee Liskey prepare students for involvement in the musical theatre industry.
In addition to receiving an overview of the history of this art form and attending numerous professional productions throughout Southern California, students participate in workshops ranging from audition techniques and makeup clinics to cold readings and resume building. Students learn for what types of roles they are suited, how to analyze characters, and develop the musical, acting, and interpretive skills needed to make those characters come to life.
Citrus offers students and community members the opportunity to transfer skills and knowledge to the stage by participating annually in two to three full-scale musicals. The superb production staff, quality sets, costumes and lighting all showcased in Citrus’ state-of-the-art Haugh Performing Arts Center the student to experience all aspects of a professional musical theatre production. Past shows include Mary Poppins, Spring Awakening, Shrek, Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The quality of these productions is among the highest anywhere in Southern California, and unequaled in community colleges.