We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in:

As well as minors in Music, Musical Theatre Dance, and Theatre.

Students in our degree programs have the opportunity to study and participate in:

  • Acting
  • Choreography & Dance
  • Costuming
  • Directing
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Industry
  • Music Performance
  • Recording Arts
  • Set Design

We welcome students across campus to participate in our many ensembles, which include:

Both our programs are accredited:

  • Music: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Theatre: National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)

We are also active in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and offer many opportunities to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

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Welcome to the Department of Music and Theatre at California State University, Chico!

The mission of the Department of Music and Theatre is to provide our students with opportunities to excel through disciplined study and practice in high-quality facilities, classes, performance ensembles and productions.

We seek to sustain the academic and artistic vitality of the performing and recording arts at California State University, Chico. We provide a fertile learning environment, which nurtures student creativity, Scholarship, diversity, and entrepreneurship, enhanced by the collaboration of students, faculty and staff. We promote the education, appreciation and enjoyment of the Arts on the campus and in the greater North State community.

If you have questions or would like to explore our many performance options and areas of study, please contact one of our advisors or stop by our department office in the Performing Arts Center, room 106.

For an overview of the Department, please look at our Student Handbook.

Department Spotlight

Fall 2015 Theatre Auditions

Auditions for our Fall 2015 Theatre productions will be held August 23-24. 

  • Returning Theatre and Musical Theatre majors
    • Sunday, August 23 - 6:00-9:00pm
  • Theatre and Musical Theatre Freshman, new transfer students & minors / General CSUC student / Community auditions
    • Monday, August 24 - 6:00-8:00pm

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Proficiency and Placement Exams

Thursday, August 20, 2015

  • Piano/Keyboard Proficiency Exam*
    • 11:00am-1:00pm - PAC 244
  • Theory Placement Exam*
    • 12:45-3:00pm - GLEN 304
  • Aural Skills Exam*
    • 3:00-4:00pm - PAC 112

* Note: You are required to take the theory, aural skills, and piano proficiency exam unless you plan to take Music 101, Music 103, and Music 105. These exams are for evaluation and course placement purposes for those with experience.

Studio Instruction Auditions

Thursday, August 20, 2015

  • Guitar
    • 11:00am-1:00pm - PAC 112
  • Piano
    • 11:00am-1:00pm - TBD

Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Brass
    • 2:00-5:00pm - PAC 132
  • Vocal
    • 2:30-4:30pm - PAC 134

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Woodwinds
    • 2:00-5:30pm - PAC 132
  • Percussion
    • 2:00-5:30pm - PAC 132