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 California State University, East Bay Instrumental Music Program prepares students for careers in and relating to music by providing a wealth of opportunities to foster their musical growth. Through private lessons with some of the Bay Area’s top players and teachers, students are given individualized instruction on their instrument. In conjunction with applied lessons, students are exposed to a variety of musical styles and periods by performing in instrumental ensembles, including the East Bay Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds, Brass Choir, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, and African Drumming Ensemble.
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.