Director of Choral, Vocal, & Opera Studies
Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies and Associate Director of the Conservatory, is conductor of the nationally renowned CSULB Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir. He has twice conducted at the Music Educator’s National Conference regional honor choir, at the 2008 and 2012 American Choral Directors Western Convention and 2009 and 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences, 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 Hall of the People in 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. He has prepared choirs for the Cincinnati Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Symphony and the Pasadena Pops. Dr. Talberg is Music Director at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, where he conducts both the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Singers, a 16-voice professional chamber choir that sings weekly in service. He also serves as director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in October.
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. A ten-year member of the California ACDA board, he is currently serving as Past-President. He is also an editor at Pavane Music Publishing, where a choral series is published under his name.
Of the many hats he wears each day, the one he is most proud of is as mentor to the next generation of choral musicians. Alums of the Bob Cole Conservatory Choral Studies program are teaching at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as community and four-year colleges throughout the country. Recent Bob Cole Conservatory graduates are currently earning their doctorates in choral music at the University of Michigan, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California.
Dr. Talberg received his BM in Choral Conducting from Chapman University and his MM and DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship, graciously underwritten by the Oliver Family Foundation, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and the May Festival Chorus. His teachers include Roger Wagner, William Hall, Earl Rivers, John Leman and Elmer Thomas.