The study of performance is not complete without performing in front of an audience, and composers too, must hear their works performed. Although Performance students take lessons and give recitals within the framework of their degree program, non-performance students are also encouraged to participate in the performance life of the department - in ensembles, festivals, and collaborative ventures.
During the academic year, a diverse slate of more than 150 public concerts is presented in well-equipped venues: Conrad Prebys Music Center featuring a 400 seat Concert Hall, 150 seat Recital Hall and 150 seat Experimental Theatre as well as Mandeville Center Auditorium (792 seats). These concerts provide students with both performance experience and a forum for examining the music of diverse eras and cultures. Substantial resources and staffing are dedicated to producing the music of our time, including faculty and student works, by new music ensembles, experimental and improvisation ensembles, and student performance collectives.
This creates major outreach opportunities throughout San Diego County and beyond. Groups have toured national and international venues, including: Los Angeles, June in Buffalo (NY), New York City, Thessaloniki (International Computer Music Conference), Darmstadt, and many others. The Department of Music's Musician Referral List provides the local community with access to our students and alumni available for hire for performance opportunities and individual lesson services.
Practice facilities include a complement of grand pianos, disclaviers and uprights, an electronic keyboard lab, several harpsichords, a wide array of percussion, a percussion studio, and a limited collection of musical instruments for student checkout