An advanced SATB ensemble of 50 singers made up of the departments vocal majors. This ensemble has long been recognized as one of the state's finest. Activities for the 97-98 school include performances in Honolulu, Hawaii (May 98). Literature performed represents the finest composed with special emphasis on a "a cappella" forms. Membership based on audition.
The oldest of the campus ensembles, this ensemble is designed for the non-voice major. Students in this ensemble represent various areas of the music department, as well as students from other disciplines on the university campus. Music includes a variety of styles including sacred, folk, musical theater. A major work with orchestra is scheduled for performance at least once a year.
A select ensemble that specializes in jazz and jazz related forms. Students in this area are exposed to performance practices used in studio and recording setting. Performances include appearances at local and state Jazz Festivals. Ensemble enrollment is open to all students campus wide.
The CSU Northridge's Women's Chorale performs a wide variety of music, from medieval to modern experimental music, Western art music and works from the evolving multicultural canon.
Vocal Jazz (Epicenter)
From the campus of California State University, Northridge, comes an exciting vocal jazz ensemble made up of 12 vocalists and a four piece rhythm section. Under the direction of Matt Falker since 1997, Epicenter has traveled to festivals in the Western United States, and regularly performs at high school, college, and professional performing venues around California. Recent guest performances have included Stockdale High School, Oxnard High School, Granada Hills High Schools, MiraCosta College, and Cal State Bakersfield. In the spring of 2008, the ensemble was a featured performer at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
In 2006 and 2007, the ensemble won first place in the Four Year College Division at the Annual Reno Jazz Festival in Reno, Nevada. The ensemble features classic and contemporary vocal jazz literature, selections by student arrangers, and an emphasis on vocal improvisation. This year’s ensemble features undergraduate students from degree programs including jazz, music industry, music education, choral, and non-music programs.