The Department of Music at the University of California, Davis, offers a curriculum based on a synthesis of music scholarship, performance, and composition. Undergraduate majors can pursue Bachelor of Arts degree tracks in performance, composition and theory, or history. A Master of Arts program leads to Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the fields of composition and theory, musicology, or ethnomusicology. The department also offers a master's emphasis in conducting. A distinguished teaching faculty of 14 faculty and 25 applied faculty serves some 140 undergraduate music students and 23 graduate students. Many of the department's graduates successfully continue their education in the best graduate schools and move into a variety of related careers. Department assets include a diverse collection of instruments and facilities, such as an extensive music library and an electronic music studio.
The Department of Music presents more than 100 events each year by a range of ensembles, including the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, Empyrean Ensemble, Concert Band, Early Music and Baroque Ensembles, Jazz Band, Hindustani Vocal Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble, and Samba School. The department sponsors an annual artist-in-residence program, bringing internationally renowned artists for performances and lectures. The department also presents a free weekly noon-concert series, which features visiting artists, department ensembles, and student performers in an informal setting. To receive printed information on academic programs, to request the current performance season brochure, or to subscribe to our e-mail events list, please contact us.