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Department resources include a diverse collection of instruments and facilities, such as an extensive music library and an electronic music studio. See below for details about studios and performance venues, or use the links at left to find out more about our library, browse our program notes, or see what is available in the archives.
Our students frequently perform in the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and in several other nearby spaces. Future space will include the Pitzer Center.
The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
The two venues in the Mondavi Center—Jackson Hall and the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre—are home to more than 100 concerts and performances each year.
The studio integrates complete software-based MIDI and digital audio editing systems with professional audio hardware to fulfill its use as both teaching tool and creative studio for the faculty. Software synthesis is employed using Csound, Cecilia, Audiosculpt, and Reaktor. Other sound production tools available are software and hardware based samplers, conventional synthesizers, and a classic Buchla Electric Musicbox. High-fidelity microphones and ADC DAC hardware greatly enhance the studio’s capabilities.
This collection includes pianos by Steinway and Baldwin, a Phillips harpsichord, a Klinkhammer harpsichord, a Schlicker pipe organ, a Brombaugh continuo organ, and a large assortment of early musical instruments in replica. It notably includes seldom-used instruments that are sometimes called for in specialized works. These include, for example, a contrabass clarinet, bass trumpet, two Lyon & Healy concert grand pedal harps, a 5+ octave marimba, and many other special instruments.