The Bakersfield College Choir is a large choir composed of students of all skill levels. The choir sings music across all styles and genres and performs in four concerts a year. Participation includes study of major choral literature of all the historical periods and the students learn and demonstrate the basics of sight singing and music theory as they expand their abilities and develop a musical foundation.
The BC Chamber Singers is a smaller auditioned group of students and alumni that perform challenging repertoire. When appropriate, this choir represents BC touring locally and abroad. They sing music across all styles and genres and perform at least four concerts a year.
In 2018, the BC Chamber Singers were honored to tour Australia after the local community came together to raise over $125,000 to make it possible. They performed at the Sydney Opera House, on local radio, and had the experience of a lifetime. The Chamber Singers were also accepted to perform in San Jose for the CA All State Music Educators Conference.
Last year, Grammy-award winning soprano, Hila Plitmann, offered a master class and performed at Bakersfield College and Ron Kean wrote a new arrangement of the National Anthem. The growing Applied Music program at BC brings some of the best musicians in Bakersfield to mentor BC’s student musicians and inspires them to pursue their passion in the arts.
The Chamber Singers have been doing a big #BCChoirsgiving back campaign for 2018-2019 school year. We have done things such as:
The BC Jazz Studies program launched in Fall 2018 with new courses including Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combos, and private instruction in jazz for music majors. Jazz students performed alongside jazz legends at the annual Panorama Creative Music Summit and jammed with bass virtuoso Doug Wimbish of the band Living Colour. In December they performed Duke Ellington’s big band arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite.
Bakersfield College's Concert Band and Orchestra have grown in number over the past few years. Both ensembles include musicians of all ages and playing levels, including local high school students who are encouraged to participate in the ensembles.
On the annual spring concert, students are featured as soloists performing solo works accompanied by the ensembles. Student compositions are also featured on this concert. These two ensembles collaborate annually with the other music ensembles on a joint concert each May. Also, there is a summer musical which combines the efforts of the theatre, choral, and instrumental areas of the Performing Arts Department.
BC's Commercial Music provides experience and exposure to key components of commercial music, allowing students to combine their passions for technology and music. Students will gain basic knowledge in technologies crucial to the modern recording studio, including use of popular digital audio workstations such as Logic and Pro Tools. Exposure to sound synthesis will provide perspective on the infrastructure of today's music software. Experience with audio hardware and software, along with courses in music business and commercial music composition will provide skills necessary to pursue a career in audio engineering, production, performance, composition, promotion, publishing, and many other options.
Alongside these courses, Panorama Studios, a fully-outfitted recording studio and Panorama Recordings, a student-run record label, contribute to the program's presence in the region. Students also work with the Jazz Studies program to produce and perform in the annual Panorama Creative Music Summit.