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Welcome to Music @ MoVal!

Music students

With each passing semester, students at Moreno Valley College are finding more and more exciting ways to enhance their college careers through the field of music. Whether you have a desire to be a professional musician, music therapist, music teacher, musicologist, or just a well-trained lover of music, Moreno Valley College can help you get where you need to be!

Do you want to transfer as a music major or minor? If so, you can complete many of the required courses right here. We currently have the largest Music course offerings in the history of Moreno Valley College, with two outstanding, highly qualified, full-time Associate Professors and an impressive group of part-time faculty to help you meet your educational and career goals.

To match our constantly expanding course offerings, we have added music scholarship auditions and awards; educational outreach programs; The Music Club, an official ASMVC student run group, which is open to all; and new opportunities for enriching programs based on student interest. Check out the links to information about us below and contact us to let us know what your interests are. We look forward to seeing you in a stimulating and challenging music class soon!




This section is dedicated to information about faculty presently teaching at MVC.



New MVC Chamber Choir Director and California native Matthew Brown, Ph.D. completed his master's and doctoral studies in music composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett, Frederick Lesemann, Randy Newman, and Tamar Diesendruck.

His awards include the 2007 VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest, 2010 VocalEssence Essentially Choral Commission, and 2011 C4 Composition Competition. His works have been performed throughout the United States and internationally by groups such as The Crossing, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, VocalEssence, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Young New Yorker's Chorus, Cincinnati Boychoir, Balsai (Lithuania), Kantorei, Chor Obandes (Japan), Coro de Cámara Ainur (Spain), L.A. Choral Lab, GMCLA, C4, USC Chamber Choir, Los Robles Master Chorale, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and the USC Thornton Symphony.

He remains active in Los Angeles as a composer, arranger, performer, and professor, session singer, and tenor with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. His choral works, described by the New York Times as "quietly mesmerizing," are featured on the Antioch Chamber Ensemble's 2013 album (though love be a day) and published by Schott, G. Schirmer, and Hal Leonard.


Donald T. Foster, Associate Professor of Music at Moreno Valley College, served as an Adjunct Professor of Music in the RCCD for 8 years before becoming full time at Moreno Valley College in 2005. In addition to his teaching the Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, and Film Music Appreciation courses, he serves as Academic Senator at Moreno Valley College and is the Faculty Co-Chair to the Leadership and Governance Standard of the Strategic Planning Council. He has also served as co advisor of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Straight Alliance and is proud to be the composer of the Moreno Valley College Alma Mater Beacon on the Hill.

Don graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), receiving his Master of Music degree in 1996. He has received Fellowships from both the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, the latter of which he attended for four consecutive summers. Read more.

Teaching: Clarinet, MUS 26: Film Music Appreciation, MUS 19: Music Appreciation, MUS 3: Fundamentals of Music.


Jon Lee Keenan, Ph.D., tenor, is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. Influenced at a young age by his father, a classically trained woodwind player and jazz saxophonist, Jon became interested in a variety of music including classic rock concerts and bluegrass festivals. Jon began piano lessons at age eight and was playing guitar by age twelve. While in high school at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, Jon played guitar for the all-star high school jazz band, founded an all-original 8-piece Rock/Ska band, and formed his love for classical music and classic jazz. He began to study voice, and quickly found himself serving as section leader of the Nevada all-state choir and receiving top scores in the Nevada State Solo and Ensemble vocal competition. Jon was asked to join the top collegiate chamber vocal ensemble while still in High School, leading him to continue his musical studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At UNLV, studied with professional tenor Mark Thomsen (Chicago Lyric, Metropolitan Opera) and Jazz Legend Joe Lano (Sinatra, Marilyn Horne, etc). Jon triple majored in Vocal Performance, Vocal Music Education, and Jazz Studies.

After graduating from college in 2005, Jon moved to Los Angeles to pursue advanced study of Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy in the Three Summer Masters Program at Cal State University, Los Angeles. Jon then went on to attend the University of Southern California, earning Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Vocal Arts. In 2007, Jon joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale where he has been a featured soloist at the Music Center in each season since joining the group, performing in a wide variety of vocal assignments including Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Maria Theresa Mass, and the west coast premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Graffiti with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, singing under the batons of Grant Gershon, Esa-Pekka Solonen and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2015, Jon sang the demanding role of Evangelist in Bach's monumental St. Matthew Passion to great critical acclaim.

Jon currently enjoys a variety of performing outlets in his home of Southern California and beyond. Jon's recent engagements include singing A Sunbeam's Architecture, an orchestral song cycle by Elliot Carter and E.E. Cummings with Southwest Chamber Music at RedCat, and playing the role of Tanzmeister in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos with the Pacific Opera Project. Jon currently resides in South Pasadena and remains active as a jazz bassist in addition to his busy vocal schedule.


Barry McNaughton: Guitar; MUS 25, Jazz Appreciation; MUS 37, Class Guitar; MUS 3, Music Fundamentals. Barry McNaughton received his Master's degree in Classical Guitar Performance from USC in 2002 which he attended on full scholarship while working as a teaching assistant for the Thornton School of Music. In addition to being a merit scholarship recipient, he has won several other prestigious awards. These include: a silver medal in the ASTA competition held annually in Los Angeles, the 2002 USC Classical Guitar Departmental Award, and the 2008 adjunct faculty of the year at Crafton Hills College.

Additionally, he has performed live to radio on all of Los Angeles's premiere classical radios stations including: KUSC, KMOZART and KPFK. In 2006, Barry was awarded the unique opportunity to play with and audition for the group which initially inspired him to take up and study the classical guitar, the world renowned, "Los Angeles Guitar Quartet." In addition to his busy teaching and performing schedule, Barry divides his time between composing and arranging for both chamber and Jazz ensembles.

His published works are available for purchase online at Additionally, Barry has written an instructional textbook specifically for classroom guitar, which will be released along with DVD accompanying material in the Fall of 2013.

Guitar: Barry McNaughton, Jon Minei, and Kris Sveen.

Voice and Piano: Dr. Jon Keenan, Wayne Hinton, Natalie Mann.

Ensembles: Choral: Matthew Brown (Chamber Choir), Gregory Thomas (Gospel Singers).

Ensembles: Guitar: Barry McNaughton.

Fundamentals and Music Theory: Matthew Brown, Barry McNaughton, Donald Foster.




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