• Production still from SERSE
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

MM Instrumental

Instrumental Performance
Winds, Orchestral Strings, Guitar, Percussion

The Music Department at California State University, Northridge offers graduate studies in classical instrumental performance. In addition to their studies on the instrument of their major, students continue to deepen their knowledge in Music History, Theory and research, with a vast array of electives available as well for every interest. Classes in the areas of their concentration include courses in Orchestral, Band, and Chamber Music Literature, Pedagogy, Chamber Music, Conducting, as well as private lessons and participation in various ensembles. The instrumental performance graduate degree culminates in a graduate project that consists of 1) a performance of a public recital, 2) an oral examination, and 3) a written scholarly document (abstract or thesis)

Since many decades the instrumental music program at CSUN has been focused on a tradition of local, national and international achievement as one of Southern California’s most significant music schools. Our students become active members of the diverse musical life of Los Angeles and perform as members of many major ensembles and as soloists, both nationally and internationally. CSUN offers its students in instrumental performance a variety of performance opportunities including an annual concerto competition, an honors string quartet, and participation in master classes with guest artists.

MM audition requirements: for information on the required audition repertoire please visit our Audition & Placement page and select your instrument from the “Audition Areas & Requirements” menu. Candidates bring a sample of their scholarly writing, such as a music history or theory research paper, to their audition.

For further information please contact the following area heads:


  • Professor Steve Thachuk
    Cypress Hall 205


  • Professor John Roscigno
    Cypress Hall 212


  • Professor Lorenz Gamma
    (323) 387-9526
    Cypress Hall 223


  • Professor Larry Stoffel
    Cypress Hall 210