CSU Channel Islands Choir
The CSU Channel Islands Choir is a class that is offered at the university. The class is listed in the course syllabus as University Chorus. Students earn performing arts credits. Membership is open to adult community members from Ventura County as well as to faculty and staff of the university.
The choir performs each semester on campus and in the community. The fall term generally includes shorter holiday-themed music, often with wide cultural themes and a variety of languages and musical styles. Winter and spring concerts generally include larger choral works and collaborations with orchestra, CICA's youth chorus, and other concert partners.
Prospective singers from the community can schedule an audition by contacting Dr. KuanFen Liu: DrLiu@cicachoir.org
Dr. KuanFen Liu
Artistic Director and Conductor
Dr. KuanFen Liu is the Artistic Director, Conductor, and founder of both Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) and Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO).
Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Liu is a graduate of Tunghai University where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts diploma in Vocal Performance. She continued her studies in the United States earning a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral and Sacred Music from Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. While at USC, she was the assistant conductor of the USC Chamber Choir and taught both graduate and undergraduate conducting courses during her residency as a doctoral student. Upon graduation, she received an Honors Convocation Award. In 2006, she was one of 12 conductors selected internationally to participate in the Oregon Bach Festival where she conducted concerts with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
Linda Fern Fay
Linda Fern Fay is a teacher, pianist and organist who enjoys performing classical to jazz music. She has played in fine restaurants and hotels in Maui, Washington state, Santa Barbara, and the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. Solo and duo performances with her husband Don include venues such as the Pierpont Inn, Landmark 78, and Tony’s Steak and Seafood in Ventura. Fern is on the piano faculty at Ventura College, organist at First Presbyterian Church of Oxnard, and accompanist for the Channel Islands Choral Association/CSUCI choir. Her many projects include performing piano duo recitals, providing accompaniments, and a solo CD recorded at Capitol Studios. Fern holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Pacific Lutheran University, where she served on the faculty. She is active in the Ventura chapter of the American Guild of Organists and in her music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. Fern is past president of the Pleasant Valley-Ventura County branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California.
Fern's debut CD "Love Affair" was released in 2002.
For additional information, visit: http://www.fayproductions.com
Linda Fern’s credits include:
- M.M. in Piano Performance, Pacific Lutheran University
- B.M. in Piano Pedagogy, Eastern New Mexico University
- Current faculty member: Ventura College (class and private piano)
- Former faculty member: Pacific Lutheran University, Ft. Steilacoom Community College, Oxnard (various piano, voice, and music)
- Church organist - Featured organist playing concertos with various orchestras by Handel, Mozart, Rheinberger, and Poulenc
- Accompanist for Channel Islands University Choir/Channel Islands Choral Association
- Vocal coach, studio musician; private piano studio
- American Federation of Musicians, Sigma Alpha Iota, American Guild of Organists, the Dominant Music Club
- Past president of the Pleasant Valley-Ventura County Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California