Welcome to the School of Music


A message from the DIRECTOR

Dr. Katherine Powers 

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. 

While we value our actual togetherness in our music-making, our priority is protecting the health and safety of the students, staff and faculty, and community, particularly during this covid-19 crisis.  Cal State Fullerton, like universities across the country, is preparing for Fall 2020 instruction.  Recently, CSU Chancellor Timothy White announced a “planning framework” in which fall 2020 is “primarily virtual” for all CSU campuses.  We are encouraged by CSU Fullerton President Framroze Virjee’s subsequent mention that such “predominantly” virtual instruction in Fall 2020 will allow, when possible, for limited “face-to-face exceptions for hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered virtually.”  And, we are heartened by Chancellor White’s mention of exceptions to virtual instruction in the performing and creative arts, where possible.

Planning for the School of Music’s Fall 2020 continues under the direction of our College of the Arts Dean Dale Merrill, Provost Pamella Oliver, and President Virjee, with the guidance of the Chancellor’s office and the state of California officials.  Our goal remains our students’ musical learning, and their moving through the meaningful curriculum toward their degree and their educational dreams.  As such, the School of Music faculty and I continue to “think out of the box,” focusing on the essence of music and music instruction, exploring ways of engaging in music and learning, and examining what each learning situation might look like for student and instructor.  Fall 2020 semester will begin in virtual mode at CSUF, but we hope that, for a significant part of the semester, one-on-one applied instruction and small ensemble rehearsals under 10 persons may occur in person, practicing social distancing, and maintaining health and safety.

Dr. Katherine Powers
Director, School of Music


All College of the Arts Departments offices are running virtually via email, websites and zoom.
Below please find a list of important College of the Arts contacts to assist you: 

Office of the dean

Dale Merrill: Dean, College of the Arts

Arnold Holland: Associate Dean, College of the Arts

Maricela Alvarado: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, College of the Arts

Christopher Johnson: Budget Coordinator

Heather Guzman: Assistant to the Dean

Julie Bussell: Director, Marketing & Patron Services

Stephanie Tancredi: Box Office Manager


School of Music:  
Katherine Powers, Director • Sue Winston, Administrative Coordinator
Faculty and Administration Directory
These communication methods are checked daily:
School of Music Email and phone (657) 278-3511

Department of Theatre & Dance:  
Dave Mickey, Chair • Hilda Aboytia, Administrative Coordinator
Faculty and Administration Directory These communication methods are checked daily:
Dept. of Theatre & Dance (Theatre) Email and phone (657) 278-3628
Dept. of Theatre & Dance (Dance)  Email and phone (657) 278-3628

Department of Visual Arts
Jade Jewitt, Chair • Gail Dawson, Administrative Analyst
Faculty and Staff DirectoryOpens in new window
These communication methods are checked daily:
Deparment of Visual Arts: Email and phone (657) 278-3471


Please visit the Student Success CenterOpens in new window page for all advising contacts and further information.

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