Cal State Fullerton University Singers release album of summer tour – Orange County Register

The repertoire sung by Cal State Fullerton’s University Singers in June on the group’s tour of Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia has been made into an album, “Nostos: The Homecoming of Music.”

“Nostos: The Homecoming of Music” is a compilation of pieces sung by Cal State Fullerton’s University Singers on a summer tour of Europe. (Photo courtesy of Yarlung Records)

Robert Istad, director of choral studies and professor of music, said Yarlung Records approached him about the University Singers after hearing the choir perform with Kathleen Battle at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in fall 2016, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

During the ensemble’s summer tour, says Istad, “the students and I worked really diligently to bring the music to life for our audiences, and we were completely overwhelmed with the passion and positive energy with which the audiences embraced our performances.” They recorded the album a week after their return.

“The singers performed without sheet music on their tour,” said Tes Mousikes in her producer’s notes for the album, “and this deep familiarity with the repertoire made it possible to record each of the pieces you hear on this disc in one take. There is no editing involved. Rob’s singers actually sing this well.”

The album is available online from Yarlung Records for $19.99.

Faculty research picked for conference, book

S. Irene Matz, Cal State Fullerton associate professor in communication studies (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)

S. Irene Matz, associate professor in communication studies, has had two papers accepted for the International Leadership Association conference at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in May.

Topics are: “From Honor to Dishonor,” a discussion of leadership, and “Miscommunication, Leadership, Whistleblowers and Ethics.”

Matz’s research includes women leaders, leadership, ethics, first ladies in the White House and organizational communication.

Alyssa A. Samek, Cal State Fullerton assistant professor of rhetorical studies (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)

Also from the Department of Human Communication Studies, Alyssa A. Samek, assistant professor of rhetorical studies, has a chapter on feminism, satire and ”The Daily Show” in an upcoming book titled ”Women, Feminism, and Pop Politics: From ‘Bitch’ to ‘Badass’ and Beyond,” published by Peter Lang.

Samek’s research…

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