Public Affairs

CSU Campuses Alive with Music, Art

July 19, 2012
By Elizabeth Chapin

Guitarists at CSU Summer Arts

CSU Summer Arts CSU Summer Arts makes its debut at CSU Monterey Bay this month as it celebrates its 27th year. Several hundred students will spend two weeks participating in workshops taught by experts in subjects such as theater, dance, music, art, animation, writing and new media.

Summer is a popular time for students to explore and master the arts, and many other CSU campuses are also hosting workshops to help students sharpen their skills.

In the summertime, it is typical for music majors to travel to another university for intensive rehearsal and coaching. This may send CSU students to another host university, but their home campus remains alive with art and music as it hosts their counterparts from around California, the United States, and the world.

The exchange is an important part of a musician’s education. New environments bring new peers, new music, and intensive training from top professionals. Campus communities benefit, too. Most of the sessions are followed by afternoon and evening concerts, which make the programs a double winner.

At CSU Stanislaus’ International Music Festival, musicians from all over the world take part in competitions, master-classes, and concert performances. The event includes the U.S. Beacon-CSU Stanislaus International Piano Competition, as well as competitions in classical and popular vocal styles, choir, orchestra, dance, and instrumental.

At Sacramento State’s CalCap chamber music workshop, some of the finest classical musicians take part in two weeks of instruction and performances. The workshop draws violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe and French horn performers, and features chamber music, which is composed for small ensembles.

Established in 1958, the annual Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State is the longest-running chamber music workshop in California. HSU also hosts a workshop just for brass instrument musicians every summer. Musicians attending the Brass Chamber Music Workshop get to play in a variety of ensembles, and receive coaching from some of the finest brass players on the West Coast.