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Department of Music updates regarding COVID-19

March 18, 2020

As you know, the COVID-19 situation has brought on many rapid changes. However, our desire to promote student learning and success has not changed! Please take a moment to read the following information items:

The Department of Music Office:

As of March 17, faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely. This means that the department office will be closed. Because of this, phone calls do not give you the most effective way of contacting us; if you do need to call, though, the number is (310) 243-3543.

Concert Series:

In accordance with university policies, all public events have been postponed. There will be an announcement made soon regarding live video streaming of senior recitals on our Facebook

Practice Rooms:

Practice room in LaCorte Hall and the North Cain Library currently remain open to students, but this may change. Please check this site regularly for updates regarding access to these facilities.

Contact Information:

Generally speaking, e-mail gives you the best way to contact us. Of course, if you have a question regarding your Music class, you should contact your instructor directly. If you want more general information and want to e-mail the department, it’s a good idea to include both of our Support Coordinator and the Department Chair:

One of us will get back to you as soon as we can.

Advising for Music Student:

Please be in touch with your advisors regarding graduation requirements and fall classes, as well as campus updates. Department advisors are:

-Scott Morris, Department Chair

As an All-Steinway School, CSUDH demonstrates a commitment to excellence and an unparalleled educational experience by providing their students with the rich, unrivaled sound, incomparable tone, and pristine touch of STEINWAY & SONS pianos. These pianos inspire students to realize their artistic talents, and best prepare them to compete at the highest level in the professional world.


BRIGHTWORK New Music CSUDH Music Department

Brightwork newmusic is a classical new music sextet based in Los Angeles, California. A flexible and fearless group of world-class musicians, Brightwork consists of piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion (an instrumentation which is often called Pierrot + percussion, and which is to modern chamber music what the string quartet was to earlier centuries), and champions the best of the music that's being written today, while continuing to play the classics of new music from the last hundred years.

Brightwork serves as an ensemble in residence at CSUDH, performing and working with our students on an annual basis.

ICYOLA (The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) Music Department CSUDH

ICYOLA (The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles)

The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) is the largest majority African American orchestra in the country. Founded in 2009, ICYOLA is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that transforms the lives and minds of young people in Inner City Los Angeles through high quality music education.

It teaches inner city youth the great music of the world, and provides opportunities for them to perform that music in the most magnificent settings of our community. It prepares its members for advanced study and high caliber success in music and otherwise, and instills the ancillary benefits that music instruction provides: problem solving skills, critical thinking, self-reliance, self-confidence, self-discipline, and the crystallization and pursuit of meaningful purpose.

The Department of Music has a partnership with the Inner City Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (ICYOLA) that allows students registered for Orchestra to automatically join, rehearse, and perform with ICYOLA.




The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers is a choral music ensemble based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1968 by American choral conductor Albert J. McNeil, whose objective was to cultivate global attention on the rich genre of African-American music known as Negrospirituals. The ensemble is composed of a resident group of 29 and a touring company of 12.

It has toured widely in the United States, and also internationally, having played in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and also other world capitals.

The AMJS serves as an ensemble in residence as CSUDH. The group also has an office on campus and rehearses in LaCorte Hall.


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