Prospective Music Students

Overview

Prospective Students

The Department of Music at UC Davis offers a curriculum based on a synthesis of music scholarship and performance.

Instrumental inquiries should be addressed to Professor Christian Baldini (Music Director and Conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra). Vocal inquiries should be addressed to Professor Jeffrey Thomas (Music Director of the University Chorus).

The Department of Music at UC Davis offers a curriculum based on a synthesis of music scholarship and performance.

Instrumental inquiries should be addressed to Professor Christian Baldini (Music Director and Conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra). Vocal inquiries should be addressed to Professor Jeffrey Thomas (Music Director of the University Chorus).

Bachelor of Arts degree in music tracks include performance, composition, and history, theory and ethnomusicology. In the first two years of study, all students take the same lower-division course work, which should include one or more years of applied music study and typically includes music history and ensemble performance. In their third and fourth years, students choose upper-division courses along one of the three specialty tracks, concluding their studies with a required senior project. All tracks include music history, applied music study, and ensemble performance. Students may declare as a music major without auditioning. Apply online through undergraduate admissions.

All Doctor of Philosophy students follow the same core curriculum for roughly the first two years of study and then concentrate on emphasis course work in musicology, and ethnomusicology, or composition and theory. The Master of Arts degree in conducting designed for students who expect to conduct the major repertoire during their professional careers.

Our facilities include the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the vast library of the University of California, and a new Music Classroom and Recital Hall with updated teaching studios, soon to be built. Music students have many opportunities to perform existing and new works.

The Empyrean Ensemble, our professional new music ensemble in residence, offers one regularly scheduled concert per year for which our graduate students are able to write works. Our artist-in-residence program supplies many master learning opportunities, as well as the chance to gain insight from professional performing groups and scholars.

UC Davis is also perfectly situated between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the northern California coast, near a growing performing arts scene in Sacramento, and  close to the rich tradition of Bay Area music performance groups, including the San Francisco Symphony and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (among many others).

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