The study of performance cannot be completed before performing in front of an audience. Students studying composition must also hear their works performed. Although performance students take lessons and give recitals within the framework of their degree programs, non-performance students are also encouraged to participate in the performance life of the department through engagement with ensembles, festivals, and other 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 (which features the 400-seat Concert Hall, the 150-seat Recital Hall and the 150-seat Experimental Theater) and Mandeville Center Auditorium (which houses 792 seats). These concerts provide students with 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 works by faculty, students, new music ensembles, experimental and improvisation ensembles, and student performance collectives.
The department's supportive atmosphere creates major outreach opportunities throughout San Diego County and beyond. Groups associated with UC San Diego's Department of Music have toured nationally and internationally, performing in cities as varied as Los Angeles, New York City and Darmstadt, Germany and at conferences like the International Computer Music Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece and June in Buffalo in New York.
The department's Musician Referral List provides the local community with access to students and alumni available for hire for performance opportunities and individual lesson services.
Practice facilities at UC San Diego are equipped with 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.