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Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Music Program consists of the CBU Chamber Orchestra and mixed ensembles. The Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned group comprised of string players with occasional wind, brass, and/or percussion players. The mixed smaller ensembles include duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. The orchestra and ensembles perform throughout the year in a series of on-campus noon concerts as well as other exhibitions and clinics.

To schedule an audition, please visit our Next Steps page, contact the CBU School of Music office by phone at 951-343-4251, or email us at schoolofmusic@calbaptist.edu.

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Dr. Gene Moon

Conductor, Chamber Orchestra
,Conducting all around the world, maestro Gene Moon has graced the podium of orchestras on four continents over the course of his career. Beginning the fall of 2018, Dr. Moon joined the faculty of California Baptist University serving as Director of Orchestral Studies. His recent posts have included Director of Orchestral Activities at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX), Artistic Director of the East Texas Youth Orchestras (Tyler, TX) and Music Director and Conductor of the Longview Symphony Orchestra (Longview, TX).

Dr. Moon’s career has led him to conducting appearances throughout the United States and overseas in Asia and South America. An avid champion of music education, he dedicates his work to inspire and train future musicians, seen through his countless work with school instrumental programs and youth orchestras, such as the East Texas Youth Orchestra program, which grew from 22 members to 120 members over the course of three years under his artistic direction. Currently, as music director of the Riverside Arts Academy, he oversees a team of instructors and staff that implement music education in the schools amongst a region with a population of 300,000 people.

Sought after, nationally and internationally, maestro Moon has led performances with orchestras including the Saigon Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and All-State orchestras in Arkansas and Louisiana along with orchestras of the University of Macau Orchestra and Hong Kong Baptist University and many region honor orchestras and festivals throughout the United States. He is on faculty with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and works with hundreds of young musicians from all around the world each summer.

An avid instrumentalist, Moon actively performs as pianist and violist in the collaborative settings of chamber and orchestral music. He holds degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, New York University, and the University of Oklahoma. The list of distinguished conductors Moon has studied with includes Jonathan Shames, John Jeter, and, in masterclass, with world-renown conductor, Sergiu Comissiona. His piano studies have been guided by Jan Pokorny Steele, Lee Dai Wook, Dierdre O’Donohue, Ed Gates, and noted Van Cliburn medalist, Valery Kuleshov while his viola studies have been with Ralph Morris and Matthew Dane.

Recent Chamber Orchestra Concerts/Appearances

  • December 8, 2020

    Virtual Ensemble Recording
    CBU Campus

  • February 22, 2020

    Harvest Christian Fellowship
    Riverside, CA

  • December 7-8, 2019

    A CBU Christmas
    CBU Campus

  • November 19, 2019

    CBU School of Music Concert
    Riverside, CA

  • November 14, 2019

    Chamber Orchestra Series
    CBU Stamps Courtyard
    Riverside, CA

  • March 28, 2019

    Chamber Orchestra Series
    CBU Stamps Courtyard
    Riverside, CA

Interested in booking the Chamber Orchestra or one of our various chamber ensembles?