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Music Areas of Study


The Vocal/Choral/Opera programs at CSUF offer a variety of opportunities for singers and conductors at both the undergraduate (bachelor’s) and graduate (master’s) levels. Students receive a specialized yet comprehensive education while preparing for careers as performers, teachers and conductors. Recently, Classical Singer Magazine recognized the Opera Theatre and vocal programs for excellence in training young singers for professional operatic careers.

Vocal Program:

Private lessons in voice are the core of each of the study programs and are solely taught by members of our well-respected faculty. The program also includes courses in vocal literature, vocal pedagogy, art song, opera literature and foreign-language diction. Students receive individual attention and perform frequently in recitals and master classes.

Choral Program:

CSUF boasts four outstanding choral ensembles: the University Singers, Concert Choir, Men's Chorus and Women's Choir, conducted by acclaimed faculty members. The ensembles regularly tour internationally, performing at numerous national and regional conventions and with major orchestras including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Choral conducting classes are available at the undergraduate level, with advanced conducting seminars and private lessons available at the graduate level. The graduate degree program in choral conducting provides an intensive experience designed to enhance conducting skill while increasing aptitude in scholarly practice. The Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree prepares students for advanced ventures in conducting and entrance into doctoral programs of study. Alumni of the M.M. in Choral Conducting are regularly accepted at conducting programs of note throughout the United States including the University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Opera Program:

Each fall CSUF Opera Theatre presents a program of opera excerpts and one-act operas designed to provide performance opportunities for our singers. Each spring semester, fully staged operatic productions with orchestra are mounted, which have included Elixir of Love, Candide, La Bohème, Street Scene, Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, The Crucible, Le nozze di Figaro and Gianni Schicchi. Beyond the campus productions are offered at Leisure World in Orange County and other venues. Singers are also given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of opera production including staging, costumes, props, make-up, set design and lighting.

Voice Faculty

Robert Istad, Director of Choral Studies, director, University Singers and Women’s Choir
Patricia Prunty, voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal diction
Christopher Peterson, Choral Music Education, director, CSUF Concert Choir and Titan Men’s Chorus
Mark Goodrich, Vocal Area Coordinator, voice, vocal literature
Janet Smith, voice, Opera Theater co–director
Nicole Baker, voice, musicology
James Martin Schaefer, voice
John Proulx, Jazz Singers
Linda Leyrer, voice
Grant Rohr, Vocal coach
Mark Salters, Vocal coach, Opera Theater co–director

Degree Programs

The Cal State Fullerton School of Music offers a wide variety of specialized, professional degrees in addition to a traditional liberal arts degree in music.

Bachelor of Music:

Bachelor of Arts in Music:
Liberal Arts and Music Education

Master of Music:

Master of Arts in Music
Music Education

Additional Programs

Minor in Music
Artist Diploma


All students wishing to study voice at Cal State Fullerton must audition.

Click here to learn more about the School of Music Admission Information including audition information.

Both scholarship and regular auditions for incoming students are scheduled in the spring of each year. Students who hope to begin study in a spring semester may make special arrangements for an audition through the area coordinator.

To Learn More

Contact: Mark Goodrich
(657) 278-3305

California State University, Fullerton
School of Music
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850