Community Concert Band*
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 four regularly scheduled concerts plus additional performances in competitions and at celebrations. The Guest Composer concert series has featured 43 composers in residence in the past 8 years. Works by student and local composers are encouraged and performed. The class includes a minimum of three class hours per week.
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.
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. Student guest conductors are encouraged and student concerto soloists are regularly featured. The 2011-2012 concert series featured 9 student concerto soloists and 2 student conductors. Two works by student and local composers were performed as well. The class includes a minimum of three class hours per week.
Open by audition 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.
CSUB Jazz Ensemble*
Open by audition to all University students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, the CSUB Jazz Ensemble specializes in performance of representative big band repertoire, Latin Jazz, and world music. Individual creative projects are encouraged, performed, and digitally recorded. Five 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 and other concerts of this ensemble. (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.)
Small Jazz Ensemble
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.
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. Applied music lessons for credit are not available to non-music majors or minors.
Audition for entrance into the music major: Instrumentalists and pianists should be prepared to perform 3 major scales and chromatic scale in two octaves and two solo pieces in contrasting styles or a longer work or movement for a total time of up to 10 minutes.
Music majors have an honored place in the life of our campus. Their creativity, talent, and enthusiasm for making music, plus the discipline and dedication to improving their skills and expressivity, are a valued inspiration to our campus community and the pride of this department. Every instrumental music major is required to take private applied music lessons in their primary instrument each quarter of residency as a music major. This applied study is considered the primary, foundational study of all music majors. Although it is only one unit of academic credit, the applied music study should remain a primary focus of each music major and each quarter of study culminates in a performance jury for the music faculty.
Goals on completion of Lower Division Applied Study: (Music 123 and 223)
The instrumentalist should have basic technical command as demonstrated by the performance of all major and minor scales as well as triads and seventh chords in sixteenths spanning two octaves (4 octaves with both hands for pianists) ascending and descending at an appropriate speed to show facility (from 80 to 144 beats per minute) depending on the instrument. The instrumentalist should have gained a good understanding of appropriate technical issues such as bowing, articulation, breath, support, posture, balance, embouchure, alignment, position, sticking, and tuning. Repertoire requirements are approximately one hour of music with representative works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Early 20th Century, Music since 1945, and music by presently living composers. He/she should have the ability to perform a half recital.
Goals on completion of Upper Division Applied Study: (Music 323 and 423)
The instrumentalist should have excellent technical command as demonstrated by the performance of scales and all chords at an increased speed with a consistency and evenness of tone throughout the instruments range. Depending on the instrument and the specific technique or articulation, the speed of sixteenth notes at a quarter-note equals 100 to 160 beats per minute should be sufficient. The repertoire should be expanded to two hours of music of appropriate variety and difficulty selected from all style and historical periods, including works by living composers. At least two of the works should be 8 to 10 minutes long. The student now has the literature to perform a full classical recital.
The musician should have developed a keen understanding of musical phraseology and function and its effect on rhythmic nuance and accent. Knowledge gained from the study of music should allow the student to identify and evaluate the needs of the musical moment in performance and communicate his or her understanding to others with clarity.
Melvin Baldwin - French Horn
M.M. in Horn performance from University of Arkansas
B.Mus. Ed., Atlantic Union College
Principal horn, CSUB Concert Band
Audrey Boyle - Flute
Master of Education, UCLA; B.A. Music Ed. & Performance, UCLA
Flute/Piccolo, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Ernest Cervantes - Percussion, Percussion Pedagogy
M.A. in Education; B.A. in Music, CSUB
Principal Timpanist/Percussionist, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra,
Flagstaff Summer Festival Orchestra, Musica da Camera, Sanctuary
Ron Christian - Trombone, Euphonium
B.A. in Music, CSUB; Diploma from the Dick Grove School of Music
Principal Trombone, New Orleans Symphony
Performed in the big bands of: Ray Charles, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton
Brett Clausen - Oboe
M.M and B.M. from University of Southern California
Principal Oboe, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Musica da Camera
Roger Allen Cope - Guitar
B.A. in Music, summa cum laude, Florida State University
Former Director of Guitar Studies at Brevard College, Brevard, NC
President, Classical Guitar Society of Carolinas
Doug Davis - Composition
Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Composition, Harvard University
B.M in Composition, summa cum laude, University of Tennessee
Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Contemporary Recording Society Award,
CSUB Outstanding Professor, Wang Award Winner
Director of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival
Julia Lawson Haney - Violin, Viola
B.M., Violin Performance, Magna cum laude, St. Olaf College
M.M. in Violin, Indiana University-Bloomington
Assistant Concertmaster, Greater Bridgeport Symphony and New Haven Symphony before joining the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Sal Panelli - Trumpet, Brass Pedagogy
B.A. in Music, California State University Bakersfield
Kern County Music Educators Outstanding Band Director,
CSUB Alumnus of the Year,
Trumpet, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Paul Perez – Saxophones, Jazz Combos
B.S. in Psychology, cum laude, CSUB
Sax soloist for Tower of Power, Smokey Robinson, and Donna Summers
Studio work for Showtime and Lifetime Networks, Cannonball sax endorser
Peter Scaffidi - Double Bass
B.A. in Music Performance, CSU Fresno
Double Bass, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Symphony
Jazz Studies with John Clayton at University of Southern California
Karen Blockley - Cello
Violoncello, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Kristi Van Kopp - Clarinet
B.A in Music, B.S. in Geology from Stanford University
Principal Clarinet, CSUB Concert Band, Musica da Camera Orchestra