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COD Student Ensemble Concerts Performed at Indian Wells Theatre


On May 14 and 15 College of the Desert’s (COD) Chamber Singers, Jazz Singers and Instrumental Ensembles will present concerts at Indian Wells Theatre at California State University San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus (CSUSB PDC).

The May 14 program features the COD Chamber Singers in a wide variety of choral music by such composers as Mozart and Lauridsen, as well as choral settings of folk songs and spirituals. The COD Jazz Singers will present eight choreographed pieces from the American Standard repertoire, including such classics as: Fly Me to the Moon, God Bless the Child, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head and My Romance.  Both ensembles are under the direction of Music Adjunct Faculty Tim Bruneau and accompanied by pianist Joel Baker. Sit back and enjoy this light-hearted and energetic program.

On May 15, The Symphony Band, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, and Jazz Guitar Ensembles will present a varied program to include the music of Percy Grainger, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and others, as well as student compositions and arrangements. The Symphony Band is conducted by Music Adjunct Faculty Gregory X. Whitmore. The Jazz Studies program at College of the Desert is under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fesmire. Fesmire teaches the full sequence of music theory courses, coordinates the instrumental music major program, and directs the jazz ensembles. 

Both free concerts are set for 7 p.m. at CSUSB PDC, located at 37-500 Cook Street in Palm Desert.

The College of the Desert Music Department offers a comprehensive music major program leading to an AA-T degree with guaranteed transfer to the California State University system. Areas of concentration are offered in both traditional and jazz studies. Ensembles offered at College of the Desert include Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Singers. In addition to the AA-T, COD offers certificates in Commercial Music, Musical Theatre, and Music Technology. 

For more information, contact COD Music Associate Professor Dr. Anthony Fesmire (instrumental) at, or COD Music Professor Dr. Darlene Romano (vocal) at