Welcome to the School of Music: Artistry • Community • Distinction



A Message from the Director

Welcome to the School of Music at Cal State Fullerton! Please click around this website to explore our variety of degree programs, co-curricular activities, performance opportunities, amazing faculty, and so much more.

It is our mission, and the mission of our entire College of the Arts, to provide an environment that encourages individual achievement and artistic expression. Music is key to what makes us human—an expression of our creative beings. In the School of Music, we daily and collectively engage our creative humanity as performers, composers, researchers, teachers, and students. Together, we collaborate, inspire, discover, reflect, mentor, innovate, and create. 

The faculty and students in the School of Music share a deep passion for and common desire to achieve excellence in music. The school offers a wide spectrum of degree programs and options with an overall emphasis in musical performance. The curriculum provides basic preparation for careers in music, music education, or further graduate study, and is designed to provide a balanced education in the many facets of musical experience. Artist-teachers offer instruction in all aspects of performance; practicing composers and theorists teach courses in theory and composition; active musicologists provide instruction in history and literature; and specialists in music education teach the courses in that field. It is the goal of the department to develop each student’s musical and intellectual potential to the highest level of individual capability. California State University, Fullerton has been fully and continuously accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1966.

Edward J. Fink, Ph.D.
Director, School of Music

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In the News

Edward Fink

john koegle
Musicologist Earns Shields Award for Helping Students Discover Their Musical RootsOpens in new window

Music is like a thread that links life together. It’s a way of connecting us — our memories, our roots, our heritage - CSUF President Fram Virjee

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Mariachi Divas Up for Third Grammy

"I feel lucky and blessed that Cal State Fullerton was the base of my music education," says Shea. "To this day, I've never met better educators. They are incredible."

Omar Crook
Renowned Alumni Reflect on What Made Their CSUF Education SpecialOpens in new window

“One thing that stands out to me is that from choral to operatic studies, the faculty are always teaching you the little things that add up to ‘how to be a professional’” -- Christopher Job

Jesus Ramos Scholarships, Ensembles Create Ambassadors of Music

When Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm in 2017, Jesús Ramos was in the process of applying to graduate school. He and millions of others spent weeks with no power, and Ramos missed all application deadlines.  Enter Music Professor Rong-Huey Liu...

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CSUF Composer Pours Lifetime of Passions, Concerns Into Her Most Ambitious WorkPDF File Opens in new window

Composer Pamela Madsen’s path in life was influenced by events that happened long before she was born.

valdepenas Valdepeñas’ Master Class is a Homecoming for Music AlumniOpens in new window

“I played the clarinet all through junior high and high school. … but I didn’t have a private lesson until I went to Cal State Fullerton,” says the music performance alumnus. 

Mathew Yang Freshman Wins Gold at International Piano Arts FestivalOpens in new window

The freshman credits the mentorship of [Bill] Cunliffe and [Rob] Watson for the opportunity to attend the event, which included master classes and recitals, as well as a competition and showcase for pianists of all ages.

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Telling a Story Through OperaOpens in new window
CSUF Welcomes New Professor of Opera Studies

One of my friends played the 1972 recording of Puccini’s “La Bohéme” with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni and to say I was hooked would be an understatement.

Dustin Barr ‘Expressive Conducting’ Expert Finds Musicality in MovementOpens in new window

Ask Dustin Barr how he teaches conducting, and he’ll tell you it may all begin with a nursery rhyme. Admittedly, it’s a departure from how the art of directing a musical performance is traditionally taught.

Music graduate student Sierra Farquhar-Wulff
Student Researchers Earn Top Honors at Statewide CompetitionOpens in new window Opens in new window

Eleven CSUF students competed in the 35th annual California State University Student Research Competition. Music graduate student Sierra Farquhar-Wulff, who is studying choral conducting, won a first-place award.

Jubilant Sykes   Alum Jubilant Sykes Shares Lessons
He LearnedOpens in new window

“Initially, I had no dreams of becoming an opera singer,” he recalled. “But that changed when I was at Cal State Fullerton. I had teachers who poured their lives into me. I had everything I needed right on campus to prepare me for my career.”

YOLA National student Guillermo Najera
School of Music Welcomes LA Philharmonic’s YOLA Festival

“YOLA is why I attend here,” says Emmanuel Rojas, a freshman music major at Cal State Fullerton who has been working with this year’s festival. “I know that music is something I want now and it wouldn’t have been the same without YOLA.” 

Land Acknowledgement
The  School of Music acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva Nation.
We pay our respects to the Indigenous land caretakers past, present, and emerging. For more information please visit the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe    websiteOpens in new window