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Students of all majors and community members are welcome to audition!
The Music Department offers free instrument rental for students enrolled in ensembles.
Choral singing has always been an important activity at CSUEB. The Choral Program existed long before the University had a campus, with students from all majors singing masterpieces, inspiring audiences and making lifelong friends.
The Choirs have been acclaimed for their sensitive and exciting performances of varied and demanding repertoire. Music critics have rated them among the finest choirs in the San Francisco Bay Area. CSU East Bay choirs have performed with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphony Orchestras, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Composers Inc. in San Francisco, and have appeared in conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the California Music Educators Association. The Choirs have toured nationally and internationally, most recently to Eastern Europe and Mexico, and have also performed several world premieres of major choral works composed specifically for them, including P.D.Q. Bach's Liebeslieder Polkas, which Peter Schickele "discovered" in 1979 and Libby Larsen's If I Begin to Sing, commissioned in honor of CSU East Bay's 40th Anniversary, as well as works by CSUEB faculty and student composers.
The East Bay Singers perform regularly on campus, in the community, and on annual tours as ambassadors of CSUEB. Comprised of 32 voices of both non-majors and music majors, the East Bay Singers' engaging repertoire is chosen from the vast history of the choral music. Singers are given individual attention for developing their voice and their musical skills, and sing exciting music from the past 600 years from all over the world.
The East Bay Singing Society (formerly known as Oratorio Society) is a large 100-voice ensemble of community and student voices that performs the great masterworks of choral literature. The Society sings music with instruments, as well as a cappellamasterpieces, and often joins with the CSUEB Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and East Bay Singers to create memorable musical moments. Members include non-majors and music majors, plus community members and music professionals, and all possess a good ear or a nice singing voice (and sometimes both!). The Society inspires audiences and members, and attention is given to developing individual vocal quality and musicianship.
Members of the 12-voice East Bay Jazz Singers are chosen by vocal audition. This collection of outstanding musicians specializes in the performance of vocal jazz and a cappella arrangements. The Jazz Singers present concerts both on and off campus, on tours and in concerts and festivals, you can often hear them singing solos with jazz combos or joining the CSUEB Jazz Orchestra or guest artists.
The University Bands are recognized for innovative programming and superb musicianship in performance. During the past several years, over thirty new works for wind band, composed by CSU East Bay faculty, students, and alumni have received their premiere performances.
The East Bay Wind Symphony has performed at the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference, the California Music Educators Association State Conference, the CMEA Bay Section Conference, and as a featured ensemble at the California Band Directors Association Conference and the Western States Collegiate Wind Band Festival.
Director: Artie Storch
Director: Joe Hébert
Director: Marc Teicholz
Director: Omri Shimron
The Jazz Studies Program at CSU East Bay aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the history, culture, and performance practices of jazz and improvised music, to give students the tools to pursue their individual artistic growth and creative exploration, and to prepare them for careers in jazz and improvised music. The Music Department's B.A. in Music provides the opportunity to take classroom-based courses in jazz theory, composition and arranging, music entrepreneurship, and improvisation techniques. With these courses, combined with one-on-one instruction with top Bay Area jazz and classical faculty, and prolific performance and recording opportunities in several jazz ensembles, CSU East Bay provides an ideal setting for a well-rounded jazz education.
The program's flagship big band, the CSU East Bay Jazz Orchestra has toured extensively in Europe (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007) and Brazil (2001). The band's mission is to represent and pass the oral and aural traditions of jazz to the next generation of musicians and listeners. The Jazz Orchestra also aims to demonstrate the “swing feel” along with the other essential elements of jazz. Additionally, the ensemble will perform contemporary and cutting-edge music by today's leading jazz composers. Legendary guest artists who have performed alongside the ensembles skilled soloists include Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Greg Osby, James Moody, Gordon Goodwin, Ralph Alessi, Ingrid Jensen, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Bob Brookmeyer, Conrad Herwig, Peter Erskine, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Jim McNeely, Seamus Blake, Maria Schneider, Lenny Pickett, Benny Green, Eddie Daniels, Stefon Harris, Adonis Rose, and Wycliffe Gordon.
Members of the 12-voice East Bay Jazz Singers are chosen by vocal audition. This collection of outstanding musicians specializes in the performance of vocal jazz and a cappella arrangements. The Jazz Singers present concerts both on and off campus, on tours and in concerts and festivals, you can often hear them singing solos with jazz combos or joining the CSUEB Jazz Orchestra or guest artists. Director: Buddy James.
Director: Saùl Sierra-Alonso.