Whether music is your life — or simply a treasured part of the life you hope to create — Cal Lutheran's Music Department can provide the professional training and performance experiences that maximize your abilities and enhance your love of the art.
The Music Department prides itself on creating a strong musical education within a nurturing atmosphere. Faculty members are experienced professionals who are committed to teaching excellence. The music program is widely respected for its performance ensembles, its classroom teaching, and its studio instruction.
The Music Department works closely with the Multimedia Department to provide students the opportunity to learn about music technology and audio post-production. A Digidesign Pro Tools HD workstation allows students to create professional recordings in the hybrid television/audio recording studio. The Music Department also prides itself on the musical theater and opera productions presented in collaboration with the Theater Arts Department.
Each student has the opportunity to study privately with some of the finest musicians in the Los Angeles area. Individual lessons are available in voice, piano, organ, percussion, composition, and all string, brass and woodwind instruments. Solo performance opportunities are widely available.
Ensembles are open to all university students (by audition), and include the CLU Choir, Women's Chorale, University Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Improvisation Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and smaller chamber ensembles. The CLU Choir embarks on frequent tours. Past trips have included Hawaii, New York, England, Italy and Scandinavia.
Careers in Music
Career preparation is an important part of the student/faculty mentor relationship. While many music students continue on to graduate studies, careful advising and planning of coursework have led Cal Lutheran graduates to successful careers teaching in public schools and universities, working in the church or in establishing their own private studios. Graduates have also become successful singers, instrumentalists and conductors throughout the country.
Music related work is also available in industries such as media, advertising, arts management and in the exciting ever-changing film, television and recording industries. Scholarships are offered by audition to talented music students, whether majors or non-majors.