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School of Music

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On the semester system, our academic year begins in late August or early September, and ends in mid-May.

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At the School of Music, we offer the rigorous study associated with prestigious conservatories, with the added advantages of an outstanding liberal arts education and the amenities of a multi-faceted university. With this background, our graduates have gone on to extraordinary careers as performers, conductors, composers, and educators. Others have used their broad education as a springboard to careers in fields such as business and technology.

We offer the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree (jazz, music education, performance, or theory/composition concentrations), and the Master of Music degree (conducting, compositon, or performance concentrations).

The School of Music is housed inside Capistrano Hall, right next to the six-story Parking Structure I. Our facilities include a 334-seat concert hall, a 175-seat recital hall, and band/choir/orchestra rehearsal hall, multiple classrooms, 15 general practice rooms, 6 piano major practice rooms, a percussion studio, a jazz studio, a MIDI computer lab, a student lounge, and more. We also have a instrument repair and piano tech shop onsite. We offer a plethora of performing ensembles, including our marching band, symphonic wind ensemble, concert band, symphony orchestra, two jazz bands, three choirs, three vocal jazz ensembles, an opera program, a Baroque ensemble, a percussion ensemble, and many smaller ensembles.

A busy department, the School of Music puts on over 150 concerts annually, in addition to masterclasses, workshops, and we host a wide range of community programs for students of all ages.

Several of our ensembles and areas have their own websites, where you can obtain more information about their specific programs:

For general information on the School of Music, you can call our main line at (916) 278-5155 or email us. Tickets to concerts may be purchased through the University Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or online here. All concerts, free and ticketed, are listed on the Campus Calendar.