Santa Clara University


About the Music Department

Music has maintained an active and vital presence at Santa Clara University since Father Nobili had a piano brought to campus in 1851 and the first band, called the Cecillian Society, was formed in 1855.

Committed to the education of the whole person: intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual, the goal of the Department of Music is to provide an intellectual and stimulating artistic environment, which fosters individual expression and creativity through the study of music and musical performance.

Inasmuch as music is a fundamental characteristic of the human experience and an important component of the liberal arts education within the context of a Jesuit university, the curriculum is designed to provide students of diverse backgrounds with the skills necessary not only to understand and to perform music, but also to appreciate music's role in human history and its potential to enhance the lives of all people.

The Department serves almost one hundred majors and minors and engages a diverse range of students across many academic disciplines. The traditions established with the Cecillian Society over 150 years ago remain strong, as demonstrated by the Department's successful choirs, jazz ensemble, orchestra, concert band, new music ensemble, guitar ensemble, and opera theater program.

The highly successful Music at Noon concert series and the annual Music Department festivals are two of several programs designed to foster collaboration between students, faculty, and guest artists who come together to create and share new musical art. Previous Festivals have included: The Art of the Song Festival, New Music Festival and World Music Festival.

In addition to the academic program, SCU Presents offers numerous productions by the Department of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance. Students have the opportunity to perform, direct, choreograph, and provide design and technical support for these exciting works that are widely attended by the campus and local communities.

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