The University Concert Orchestra presented a “Spring Symphonic Celebration” in April, 2004, featuring the works of Ralph Vaughn Williams, Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, George Friderich Handel, Aaron Copeland, and other contemporary composers and arrangers. The concert was divided into three sections: Symphonic Suite, Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, and Choral Classics (in which the University Concert Choir accompanied the Orchestra). Members of the Orchestra are selected from the over 2200-member student body from the University and are representative of the over 30 academic majors offered at Vanguard University and hail from many states in the U.S. as well as several international countries.
Mildred Yi is the Director of the Vanguard University Concert Orchestra and Coordinator of Music Education. She received a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from San Francisco State University, where she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the University Symphony Orchestra. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she pursued graduate studies in Education at University of California, Los Angeles, and Fresno State University. Upon earning a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music, Mildred taught secondary and elementary school music for seven years. Most prominently, she held the position of Instrumental Music Teacher at the Performing and Fine Arts Academy at Natomas Charter School in Sacramento, where she taught beginning to advanced levels of Orchestra for grades 6 through 12.
The Vanguard University Concert Orchestra tours yearly, outside of local, monthly bookings. In the spring of 2001, while in New York City, the Concert Orchestra performed with the Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall, Times Square Church, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Recently, the orchestra has toured in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Oregon & Washington.
The Vanguard University Concert Orchestra is available for booking October through April, often taking longer regional tours in March and/or May. Please fill out a Concert Request Form or contact the Music Events office at 714.619-6412 or email@example.com to request the group for your specific event, church, or school.