Music Department

Mission Statement

Advancing the musical arts through education, community engagement, artistic creation and performance.

Our program provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in music for those planning professional careers as performers, composers, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for advanced degrees in performance and composition. It also provides State-approved subject matter preparation required for a California teaching credential in music, and graduate instruction for students planning professional and academic careers or seeking professional growth as K-12 teachers or junior college instructors. Students can also acquire a broad acquaintance with music for the community and non music major.

Get to know some new faces around the Music Department! See the article here to learn more about Dr. Cari Earnhart and Dr. Maria Briggs.
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Check out Anthony P. Radford's review of the San Francisco Opera's world premier of "Dream of the Red Chamber" here.

A Community Pridepoint

Fresno State students work and perform with an international quartet, an experience not offered at other top universities

Waterless Music: Featuring the Poetry and Narration of Philip Levine - By Benjamin Boone

Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena

The winners of the Central Valley Community Foundation's 2016 Arts and Culture granting cycle were announced this week and the Fresno State Opera Theatre was awarded $10,000 to commission and produce a newly composed children's opera titled Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena by composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire. This is the first grant to be awarded to Fresno State in the area of opera for young audiences.


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Entrance to the Music Building

"The Three Graces"

Clement Renzi's “The Three Graces” is a bronze piece outside the main entrance to the Music Building’s Concert Hall. It was cast in 1972 in Verona, Italy. The sculpture was donated to the university in 1995 by real estate executive Helen Smades, a longtime supporter of Fresno State and a member of its Foundation Board of Governors.

His wife, Dorothy, is an emerita professor of music at Fresno State. She was on the faculty from 1968-84.