Welcome to the School of Music

California State University Fullerton’s School of Music prepares every student for a creative, successful, and rewarding life in which musical excellence plays a central role.  

For over fifty years, the School of Music has been training students for professions in music. Our many successful alumni make a large footprint in classical and commercial music performance and teaching in Southern California, and the footprint extends in many directions throughout the United States and the world.
Our faculty’s primary focus is to teach music, and we do that with a great deal of personal attention for every music major.  They are some of the finest performers and scholars in the world, some with world-wide reputations, and others whose work is centered in the vibrant Los Angeles arts and entertainment scene just miles from our campus.  

The CSU Fullerton School of Music has been fully and continuously accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1966.
Student, faculty, and invited guest artists from all over the world perform in Meng Concert Hall, which has been described as one of the finest 800-seat concert halls in the world, and the crown jewel in our excellent facilities. Whether you are a prospective music major or a nearby resident, please come visit some of our performances so that you can see and hear what we are all about.  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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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

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.”

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...

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.”

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.

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