Choral music has long been an important part of the Northridge campus. Students graduating from this area have gone on to impressive careers including solo singing, opera, music administration, conducting, and teaching. Each year the choral area sponsors a choral festival featuring the top high school and college choral groups in the state.
Choral ensembles on the California State University, Northridge campus have distinguished themselves for more than 30 years with excellent performances at state and national festivals and conferences, as well as featured performances throughout Europe and Russia. Students performing in the three choral ensembles are provided a solid foundation in choral education, and are exposed to the wide array of musical genres.
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.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
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.