Location: California, USA
Dr. Jonathan Talberg is in his thirteenth year conducting the Chamber and University Choirs at California State University, Long Beach. As the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music’s Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies, he oversees the largest undergraduate voice programs in the state of California. Ensembles under his baton have toured the United States and the world. He has twice conducted at the Music Educator's National Conference regional honor choir, at the 2009 conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, at the 2008 and 2012 American Choral Director’s Association Western Conventions, at numerous All-State choir concerts, and in various venues throughout Europe and Asia, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s and St. Mark's Basilicas in Italy, the Karlskirche in Vienna, the Matyas Templom in Budapest, and at the Great Wall of China. In constant demand as a guest conductor, he has worked with all levels of singers—from elementary to professional—throughout the United States and Europe.
In addition to his work at CSULB, Dr. Talberg is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles where he is responsible for all vocal music for services and Artistic Direction for the Los Angeles Bach Festival—Los Angeles’ oldest cultural festival.
Prior to his appointment at CSULB in 2000, Dr. Talberg served as Conducting Assistant to the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops and as principal choral conductor at Arrowbear Music Camp. Before graduate school, he taught high school choir in Orange County and at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. An eleven-year member of the California ACDA board, he is currently President-elect for California. An avid proponent of new music, he serves is an editor at Pavane Music, where a choral series is published under his name. He holds a BM in conducting from Chapman College and the MM and DMA from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. His principal teachers are: Roger Wagner, William Hall, Earl Rivers, John Leman, and Elmer Thomas.