Magnolia Singers

Magnolia Singers is open by audition to all interested students. The group rehearses and performs a variety of sacred and secular choral music for soprano/alto voices and combines with other choirs to form the CBU Worship Collective. The group concertizes throughout the traditional academic year in a variety of academic and ministry settings.


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


Mr. Juan Castaneda

Conductor, Magnolia Singers
Juan Castaneda holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.

While at Portland State, Juan conducted the Rose Chorus, a 29-voice Tenor-Bass Ensemble, and the Portland State University Choir, a 65-voice SATB choir, and Portland State’s most storied ensemble and was the Assistant Conductor of the Chamber Singers. Juan was also a chorister for the Portland Opera and is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the American Choral Directors Association.

In addition to his work at CBU as conductor of the Magnolia Singers, he holds an active voice studio in Southern California that features several artists with recording deals at Warner Bros, Atlantic Records, and Capitol Records. Juan frequently performs in the Southern California area as a tenor soloist and was most recently featured as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and the Mozart Requiem.

Recent Magnolia Singers Concerts/Appearances

  • December 8, 2020

    Virtual Ensemble Recording
    CBU Campus

  • March 9, 2020

    Calvary Presbyterian Church
    Riverside, CA

  • December 7-8, 2019

    A CBU Christmas
    CBU Campus

  • November 4, 2019

    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    Riverside, CA

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