School of Arts
The Departments of Theatre, Music, and Art collaborate to provide students with
extensive opportunities through the School of the Arts. A calendar of upcoming events is available for viewing at the School of the Arts Events website.
North State Symphony
Truly a "town/gown" affair, this orchestra serves the cities of Chico, Red
Bluff, and Redding and combines the finest student performers with community and
professional players, along with world-class guest soloists, great standard
repertoire, and exciting new premieres. More information:
North State Symphony Web Page
Love to sing? We have several choirs featuring a wide range of repertoire for
student and community singers, including the University Chorus, the Gospel Choir,
A Cappella Choir, and the Chamber Singers.
A real crowd-pleaser, Jazz X-Press boasts a growing calendar of on- and
off-campus performance dates. The group's success is due to its vast repertoire,
improvisational abilities, and ability to perform many styles of music. They opened
the Telluride Jazz Festival in June 2008.
This wonderful blend of music and theatre presents two events each year which
feature students and community singers in some of your opera favorites.
Student ensembles are sponsored by the academic departments in the School of
the Arts. Participation in these groups is usually connected to courses, which
award credit for involvement. Credits and requirements vary. Interested students
should consult the appropriate department chair. No performance group "belongs"
to a specific major; indeed, auditions or tryouts are open to all -- student
interest and potential are the true prerequisites.
Chico State Bands
Several bands, including the Concert Band, the Wind Ensemble, and the Pep Band
are frequently heard on campus -- in the concert halls, the gym, and at a variety
of events. The bands are open to all interested students by audition and provide
entertainment and enjoyment for participants and audiences alike.
From Shepard to Shakespeare to Sophocles, theatre faculty, staff, and students
produce a dramatic mix, including drama, musical theatre, comedy, dance, and
student-directed one-acts. We showcase the widest possible variety of performance
styles, staging techniques, authors, periods, and design concepts, including
experimental work and new scripts. The Off Broadways, a touring group, perform
musical theatre standards all over the North State.
The college sponsors several galleries: The University Gallery in Taylor Hall,
the Janet Turner Print Museum in Laxson Auditorium, the Humanities Center Gallery
in Trinity Hall, and a gallery space for both BFA and MFA students.
Want to know more?
Call 530-898-6333 for a free copy of
Kaleidoscope, CSU, Chico's performing and
visual arts magazine.
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