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Vanguard University Music: Winter Concert! Sunday, January 27th

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You are cordially invited to our 2019 Winter Concert on January 27th, Sunday, at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Needham Chapel, an intimate concert venue with beautiful acoustics.

All concert sessions (not sound check or rehearsals) are open to the public and we encourage families to bring friends/family as the audience!

MFT REHEARSAL: Parents your attendance in the hall is required – thanks!

Vanguard address: 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

Please plan your schedule to accommodate commute and parking as concert sessions will start promptly and doors will open 15 minutes beforehand.

Parking and Driving Instructions:

It is $2/day to park at any of Vanguards lot. There are parking kiosks located at the entrance of each parking lot for your convenience.

Needham Chapel, where the concert will be held is building 18. All parking lots are available to park in, but lot M provides the most parking and easiest access to the chapel.

To gain access to Lot M, you will need to enter from the Fair Drive entrance at the light that leads into City Hall, as well as Vanguard. Please note that guests are not permitted to park in the City Hall parking lot as they will be subject to being fined and towed. Vanguard University will not be held responsible if an incident of such nature occurs.


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Sunday, January 27th

  • 1:00-1:30 PM  (Sound Check)
  • 1:45-2:30 PM  (Choir Rehearsal)
  • 2:30-3:30 PM  Choir Concert
  • 3:45-4:45 PM  Music Fun Time Concert
  • 5:00-6:00 PM  Concert Block A
  • 6:15-7:15 PM  Concert Block B
  • 7:30-8:30 PM  Intermediate and Advanced Concert 

Sound check – parents please drop off your child on time and pick up promptly at end of sound check. Please note sound checks and rehearsal are not open to the public or parents for smooth running, but will be supervised and chaperoned by our staff. VOCALISTS, ELECTRIC GUITARISTS, ELECTRIC DRUMMERS, AND OTHER STUDENTS WHO NEED AN ACCOMPANIST, AMP, OR MICROPHONE ONLY!

Doors open 15 minutes before start of each concert block.

Concerts will start promptly on time.

Preparation tips: Are you doing run throughs for friends, family, and small groups? We hope so! What useful insight are you taking away from each run through? At 3-5 days before the performance, a performer should be running through the piece from beginning to end, and practicing at 2/3 tempo. Mental practice of the entire piece away from the instrument is particularly useful for imagining the type of performance you want to give and strengthening memory. Practicing the day of the performance should focus on warm ups and conserving energy. This means no repeated run-throughs during the day of the concert, but mental practice away from the instrument is always great!

Day of the concert: The front office will be available 9 am to 12 PM to answer your questions. Please plan your schedule accordingly and call us in advance if you have questions.

Reminders about concert etiquette and dress code:

Concert attire for performers is tucked in dress shirt, slacks, and dress shoes for boys; dress and dress shoe girls. No sneakers, sandals, or flip flops allowed for any performer. Choir and Music Fun Time students please wear the choir/MFT T-shirts.

Performing takes tremendous concentration for the performers, and any young children who become restless will need to be immediately escorted outside of the concert hall.

Students and guardians need to be present the entire duration of the concert.

Concerts will start promptly at the programmed time and latecomers may miss their performance opportunity.

Bringing music: Students need to bring their music even if they will play from memory as a backup. Needless to say, students need to bring music if they are using it. Additionally, concert halls are known to have air vents that may blow loose-leaf pages off a music stand. Please put loose leaf sheet music in a binder – it will also look more professional!


January 27
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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