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Dr. Ricardo Soto

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Phone: (714) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.edu
Local Address:  Cypress , California , United States
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa , California 92628
United States

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Employment History


  • master's degree , music
    California State University , Fullerton
  • doctorate , musical arts
    University of Southern California
  • B.A. Degree , music
    California State University , Fullerton
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Orange Coast College | Music | Faculty, 3 Mar 2015 [cached]
Ricardo Soto Chair - Music Department
Ricardo Soto
Ricardo Soto received his doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California in 1993, graduating magna cum laude. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University-Fullerton. Dr. Soto is the chair of the music department, where he conducts the OCC Symphony and teaches music history, theory and musicianship. Previously, he served on the faculties of Cal State-Fullerton, where he conducted the Men's Chorus and Opera Orchestra, and the University of California-Irvine, where he conducted the Men's and Women's Choruses.
In Fall 2001 he made his Orange County Performing Arts Center debut conducting Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. He also taught for four years at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana where he had a successful choral program that involved 260 students-over 10% of the student body. Dr. Soto is much sought after as a choral clinician and a guest conductor of honor choirs and orchestras.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 14 Nov 2002 [cached]
"This concert promises to be a wonderful pastiche of choral music, dance and guitar," says Dr. Ricardo Soto, director of OCC's Chorale."It is topped off with a distinctive Spanish flavor."
Soto will also direct an OCC orchestra in the performance of Mozart's composition, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."
Soto discovered the unpublished manuscripts while doing research last summer at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, in Spain.The monastery is located an hour's drive from Madrid.
"What led me to do the research was my cultural background," Soto says."As a Latino, I have long been looking for a way to express my culture through choral music.We're all familiar with choral music written by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi.And it's spectacular.But I was searching for something that reflected Spanish culture in choral music.
"You won't find much in choral literature that is sung in the Spanish language.
"A villancico is similar in structure to an Italian or German cantata," Soto says."Villancicos contain arias, choruses and recitatives, all elements of the classical style.Villancicos show an Italian influence, but they are also imbued with Spanish flavor.They contain folk-like melodies with Spanish dance rhythms."
Soto brought two of the unpublished Soler manuscripts home with him from Spain, and has since prepared them for his Chorale."Anton y Pasqual" is a villancico that tells the story of two shepherd boys who fight over who will serenade the Christ child at the creche.
"St. Lorenzo was martyred for his faith," Soto says."He was actually burned to death on a grill.While death is revered in the Latino culture, it is not a terror for us.In fact, quite frequently, persons of my culture laugh at death.This is what 'El Laurel del Amor' does.
Soto is in his second season as director of OCC's Chorale.Southern California born and bred, he earned his B.A. and master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California.
Before joining OCC's faculty in 2001, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.Prior to that, he was head of the choral program at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana for four years.
Orange Coast College | Music | Contact, 3 Mar 2015 [cached]
Dr. Ricardo Soto Department Chair (714) 432-5800
SCVA Newsletter, 22 Feb 2015 [cached]
We are pleased to announce that this year's conductor will be Dr. Ricardo Soto of Orange Coast College!
SCVA Newsletter, 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
Mark Henson, Segerstrom High School Dr. Ricardo Soto
We are pleased to announce that this year's conductor will be Dr. Ricardo Soto of Orange Coast College!
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