Bakersfield College

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Performing Arts

Chamber Singers & Choir

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:

  • Christmas dinner toy drive
  • Performance at a Hanukkah celebration
  • North High Choirs combined concert
  • Performance at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
  • Sang the National Anthem for the Football game
  • Hosting local high school Chamber Choirs for an evening of feedback by a guest conductor

Jazz

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.


Concert Band & Orchestra

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.


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Theater

  • Participation in LINKS' Leadership STREAM Academy
  • Producing the 34th Kern Shakespeare Festival
  • Producing the Peg Pauley High School Shakespeare Festival
  • 2 productions by BC Theatre Club: Spring One-Act Festival and Fractured Shakespeare
  • Brian's Beard Improv Troupe
  • Pop-up Performances by THEA B2A & THEA B2B classes: Valentine's Day Pop-up and Women's History Month Pop-up
  • THEA B2A & THEA B2B 5-Minute scenes, one show per semester
  • Judge for the 8th Annual Regional Speech & Debate Competition for the Migrant Education Program—Region 21
  • The Levan Center Reading The Classics: Tartuffe by Moliere
  • The Boys in The Band (LGBTQ+ play) and special Talk Back hosted by Dr. Nicky Damania after each performance

Commercial Music

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.


Marching Arts

  • Bakersfield College "Indoor" Drumline (Spring 2018)
    • 2018 marked the 10th season of Winter Guard International competition for the ensemble
    • Competed locally, regionally, and nationally
    • WGI West Power Regional @ CSU San Bernardino Coussoulis Arena - Percussion Independent Open Champions (3rd year running)
    • WGI World Championships @ University of Dayton (OH) Arena - Percussion Open Class Finals 6th place finish
    • Multiple local outreach performances on and off campus during the spring
    • Exhibition performances at four local Pep & Pageantry Arts Association of Central California (PPAACC) competitions
  • Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps (Spring & Summer 2018)
    • 2018 marked the 5th season of Drum Corps International competition for the ensemble
    • Toured in northern and southern CA, IA, IL, & IN
    • Drum Corps International @ the Rose Bowl - Open Class 2nd place finish
    • DCI Open Class Finals @ Michigan City, IN - 11th place finish
    • DCI World Championship Prelims @ Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN) - 35th place in combined Open/World Class competition
    • Hosted 4th annual "RESOUND" DCI Show in BC's Memorial Stadium, playing guest to 9 other DCI corps from as far away as Salt Lake City, UT
    • Family day performance @ BC, Exhibition performance @ 1000 Flags Memorial Day event (River Walk), Marched in Westchester 4th of July Parade
  • Bakersfield College "Renegade" Band & Drumline (Fall 2018)
    • Performed at all 5 BC home football games, including pre- and post-game
    • Exhibition performances at all 4 local high school marching band competitions
    • Marched in the Bakersfield Christmas Parade with BC Cheer Team, an annual tradition
    • In addition to the above, numerous campus and community outreach performances in the fall:
      • Welcome Week Pep Rally
      • Kern County College Night
      • Kern County Middle Grades Leadership Conference
      • Kern County Cancer Run
      • Links for Life
      • Homecoming Pep Rally
      • Dream Big Conference
      • BC Vetfest
      • BCRN Pinning Ceremony

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