5 Members - 5 Cultures - One Sound
The Circle was formed as an improvisational group during open improv sessions in the CSUN percussion department. The group plays Hip Hop, Rap, Funk, Rock, African, Cuban, Middle Eastern, Indian and numerous grooves from around the world. Once a general song structure was formed, everything else was improvised on the spot. The Circle now has an active Youtube and Facebook account, and each Saturday new material is released highlighting different strengths and grooves. The Circle is currently performing and giving clinics at local schools and other venues, such as Santa Monica and Venice Beach. These performances and clinics are to demonstrate that live music is still around and can be fun, educational, and cool. The Circle's goal is to have more people supporting music in the community and demonstrate that CSUN is producing excellent musicians.
Student Contact: Bob Grigas
The CSUN Classical Guitar Club
The CSUN Guitar club offers a forum for Guitar performance majors to perform for each other and in masterclasses. The club meets weekly and regularly sponsors guest artists classes. Recent guest artists presnted include Paul O'Dette, Martha Masters, Marcin Dylla, and William Kanengeiser.
All BM and MM guitarists are invited to join and participate in enriching their performance studies at CSUN.
Current President - William Wyse
Media Composition Club
The media composition club includes juniors and seniors in the COMMERCIAL AND MEDIA WRITING OPTION. The club serves as a support group for senior media recitals. They set up and tear down PA and projection equipment for student presentations.
The club also sponsors special events and guest speakers on campus.
Music Therapy Association
The purpose of the Music Therapy Association of Northridge is to promote an awareness of the music therapy profession on campus and on a community level and, to provide a forum to support the students of music therapy at CSUN. To this end, many of our members participate in community volunteer work with disabled youths and adults within a music therapy medium. The Music Therapy Association of Northridge represents the students of Northridge within the American Music Therapy Association and provides volunteers for national and regional conventions of this association. We are also active participants in the on-site CSUN Music Therapy Clinic which provides music therapy services for autistic, Down Syndrome, cerebal palsy, Williams Syndrome, or otherwise disabled children. All members of the Music Therapy Association of Northridge are dedicated to the CSUN Music Therapy program's high standards of excellence, achievement and creativity.
For more information, visit: http://csunmusictherapy.org/index.htm
New Directions Composers GroupFounded in 1978, the New Directions Composers Group is an independent student organization focused on supporting the creation and performance of chamber and symphonic music compositions. With partial support from the university, each semester, this group of students has been organizing recitals of new works, as well as regular meetings between young composers, performers, and conductors. The activities and budget of the group are guided and supervised by the composition faculty in the Music Department.
Pi Kappa Lambda
The Society of Pi Kappa Lambda was founded on May 17, 1918 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. This is the only national college honor society in music and is distinct from social and professional fraternities. Chapters of the Society annually extend invitations to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda to the highest ranking students from junior, senior and graduate classes. The elections are the responsibility and privilege of the Faculty. The Gamma Kappa Chapter was established in May of 1971 at California State University Northridge. The society as a whole numbers over 45,000 members. The insignia of the Society is a gold key in the form of a Grecian lyre. The traditional symbols of music and drama, the pan pipe, and a mask with foils, are on each side of the three strings of the lyre. The key insignia is a pin for the men and a pendant for the ladies.