Instrumental Studies Opportunities

Non-majors should audition for their entry and placement in all of the CSUB music ensembles. Contact the director in charge to set up an introductory audition and "Welcome" to the music program.

Concert Band*

Open by audition to all University students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, the Concert Band is the premier large instrumental ensemble at CSUB.  The Concert Band performs the highest quality literature for winds, as well as exploring outstanding new repertoire.  The Guest Composers Series have featured 43 guest composers in residence in the past eight years.  

Symphonic Band

Open to all university students, faculty, staff and members of the community with consent of the director, the Symphonic Band is a new ensemble geared towards a quality musical experience for all.  The group rehearses and performs works from the standard wind band literature.  The Symphonic Band encourages those with any instrumental music background to join, no audition required.  The group performs up to four concerts per year.

Chamber Music*

The Chamber Music Class focuses on the study of small ensemble performance. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a variety of instrumental ensembles in which they will develop both performance and listening skills as they learn to play one-on-a-part with their peers.

Chamber Orchestra*

Open to all students and members of the community with consent of the instructor, this ensemble performs music from various periods of repertoire. There are three regularly scheduled concerts. The class includes a minimum of three class hours per week. 

Guitar Ensemble

Open to all University students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, this ensemble focuses on the performance of music composed or arranged for multiple guitars. Program selections may include a variety of duets, trios and quartets.

Jazz Collective*

Open by audition to all University students, the CSUB Jazz Ensemble specializes in performance of representative repertoire for medium to large jazz ensembles.  Three annual performances are scheduled with additional performances at community concerts and celebrations, including the Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Over 40 guest soloists and composers have been featured at the annual Jazz Jam. (Former members have won Downbeat awards, Betty Carter Kennedy Center awards, Chamber Music of America grants, highest awards at competitive jazz festivals, and selection to the California Collegiate All-State Big Band.) Jim Scully, Director

Jazz Combos

These combos are open by audition to all University students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, instrumentalists and vocalists alike. This course focuses on performance of traditional and contemporary jazz styles in ensembles ranging from trios to septets. There are quarterly performances at the CSUB Jazz Coffeehouse Concerts, and the creation and performance of original works is strongly encouraged. 

* Denotes large ensembles that may be used to fulfill the requirement for Music Majors and Minors enrolled in applied instruction.

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Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. Close Quote
Frank Zappa