The Music Department is a community that values and cultivates the creation, performance, and critical study of the world's music.
Students majoring in Music develop an integrated understanding of music in performance, creative work, and as cultural and historical expression. Through its curriculum, concerts and recitals, master classes, guest lectures, residencies, and other public events, the Music Department establishes itself as the hub of musical life for the College and surrounding community of Northeast Los Angeles.
We are pleased to announce our first Benjamin H. Culley Teaching Artist in Residence, Lyndon Johnston Taylor, who will be joining the Music faculty this coming academic year. Currently Principal Second Violinist for the LA Philharmonic, Lyndon brings to Oxy a wealth of outstanding performing and teaching experience. Find out more about Lyndon here.
The winners of this year's Occidental College String Competition are the following: First Place: Hannah Song, violin, Irvine, CA; Second Place: Nathan Le, cello, Northridge, CA; Third Place: Cara Pogossian, viola, Glendale, CA. Congratulations!
Our new Assistant Professor of Composition, Adam Schoenberg, has launched a film scoring curriculum in the Department. Its entry-level course is Music 114, "Introduction to the Orchestra," which has had the composers Thomas Newman (American Beauty, Finding Nemo, Skyfall) and Nathan Barr (True Blood, The Americans) as guest lecturers. Adam is already having a busy and critically acclaimed year. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra performed the West Coast Premiere of Schoenberg's Canto (watch the video recording below). Read his recent interview with Kaleidoscope here. His American Symphony opened the Fort Worth Symphony's concert season, to standing ovations and rave reviews. See here, here, and here. This same piece was performed again on the opening subscription weekend of the Phoenix Symphony. Find out more about Adam here: adamschoenberg.com.
Click here to read the recent Occidental Weekly article about the our weekly concert series, Music on a Friday Afternoon, click here to read the article about the Occidental Sinfonia, and click here to read the article about the Caltech-Occidental College Concert Band!
For more information on our programs, please contact us at 323-259-2785, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Lesson Placement and Scholarships Auditions
Studying music theory is fundamental to all music-making because it enables you to understand how and why the music you love sounds the way it does.
Come to the first Occidental Glee Club concert of the academic year!
Interested in learning more about one of Oxy's music ensembles, about majoring in music, or taking a class? Come to the Music Mixer!
- Friends of Oxy Music:
- Jacquelyn Moon:
Senior Administrative Assistant (323) 259-2785 Booth 205
- Alyssa Cottle:
Concerts and Events Manager email@example.com (323) 341-4149 Booth 103
- David Kasunic:
Department Chair firstname.lastname@example.org Booth 207