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CSUB Music and Theatre Department to Present Faculty Recital

The music season at California State University, Bakersfield has officially begun! CSUB’s Music and Theatre Department will present its Faculty Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, in the CSUB Doré Theater. The concert will feature CSUB faculty member Soo-Yeon Park and guest artist tenor Robert Chafin performing art songs and arias.  

Chafin is an internationally acclaimed artist who has gathered accolades for his dramatic interpretation and versatile creativity in his performances, both on operatic and concert stages. He has performed in more than 60 roles with some of the finest performers, conductors and directors in the world in places such as London, Paris, Israel, Stockholm, Vienna, Frankfurt, Brussels, and Barcelona.

He also has played with many philharmonic groups and symphony orchestras. A native of Christiansburg, Virgina, he is excited to be back in the United States as an assistant professor of Voice and Opera at WVU.

Pianist Soo-Yeon Park is an accomplished musician with extensive experience as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach.  She has collaborated with Long Beach Opera, Opera Pacific, Intimate Opera, USC Thornton Opera, Classical Singers Association, California Conducting Institute, and Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.  Her summer festival appearances include the London Piano Festival, Korean Chamber Orchestra Summer Music Festival, Algonquin International Music Festival in Canada, SongFest, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.

She is a full-time faculty member at CSUB, where she serves as coordinator of Piano Studies, co-directs the chamber music program, and directs the opera program.

General admission tickets are $10. Tickets for seniors/students are $5, and CSUB students are free with ID. Free parking is available in Lots B and C. For more information about this concert and similar, please contact Dr. Soo-Yeon Park at

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