Welcome to the School of Music

Music programs at California State University, Fullerton have been fully and continuously accredited since 1966. Earning the prestigious School of Music title in 2014 distinguishes our music program as one of the largest and most highly regarded, not only in the Cal State University system, but in the Western United States:

• More than 400 undergraduate and graduate music students enroll annually, the largest music student enrollment of any college or university in Orange County;

• Students experience exceptional training as performers thanks to an extraordinary faculty that includes many professional performers, and through opportunities to perform in the acoustically superlative Meng Concert Hall, located in the Clayes Performing Arts Center;

• The School’s students and faculty maintain and benefit from longstanding, collaborative partnerships with Southern California’s music organizations, including Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Cerritos Performing Arts Center, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Our continued success can be attributed to our extraordinary faculty members, staff, students, and patrons. Their collective vision and dedication have contributed to making the School of Music at California State University, Fullerton vibrant and accomplished. Come share our musical passion with us! For questions or a tour, please call the Music Office at 657-278-3511.

Katherine Powers  
Director, School of Music


In the News

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Mariachi Divas Up for Third Grammy

pamela madsen
"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."

CSUF composer pours lifetime of passions, concerns into her most ambitious workPDF File Opens in new window

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

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

Omar Crook
“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

Scholarships, Ensembles Create Ambassadors of Music

Jesus Ramos   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...

Opera Singer Takes 'Center Stage' — at Dodger StadiumOpens in new window

I am super excited and a little nervous,” Pribyl admitted. “It isn’t opera but what an experience! And what a way to kick off my final year at Cal State Fullerton.”

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. 

Freshman Wins Gold at International Piano Arts FestivalOpens in new window

Mathew Yang 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.

School of Music Welcomes LA Philharmonic’s YOLA Festival

YOLA National student Guillermo Najera
“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.” 

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

Dustin Barr
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.

Alum Jubilant Sykes Shares Lessons He LearnedOpens in new window

Jubilant Sykes   “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.”

Dr. Christopher Peterson Receives Carol Barnes AwardOpens in new window

Dr. Christopher Peterson and Students
“It’s such a wonderful thing to work for an institution that values teaching ,” said Peterson upon receiving the award. “Here, I feel like I do what I love to do. I maintain a full-time load and don’t want to give up any of my classes. I love my students.”

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