Music industry and innovative conservatory training in an urban liberal arts setting.
Occidental, as the only liberal arts college in the heart of Los Angeles, gives our students unparalleled access to the world’s most vibrant musical scene, where some of the most exciting and diverse music is being made today. At Oxy, you will work side by side with our faculty of world-class musicians and scholars to explore, experiment, create, and communicate.
Do you want to write a song and a symphony? No problem. Take a class in music production and be an Oxy intern at one of the world’s leading record labels? Sure. Star in your friend’s film and also write the music for it? Done. Do you want to play bass in the Jazz Ensemble and our resident orchestra, the Sinfonia? Step in line. Do you want to sing in our famous Glee Club and have the lead in the main stage musical? Do you know how much Bach and jazz have in common? Have you ever wanted to play traditional Mexican instruments and study techno-cumbia, while taking a class in music and immigration? Or recreate an 18th-century banquet in a course on music and food?
You can do all of this. Let us be your laboratory.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new track in our curriculum. Occidental College students can now major in Music with a Music Production emphasis. With two new courses next academic year and more rolling out in the following year, Music majors will get to try their hands at recording and mixing, learn the essentials of professional digital audio, set their own tracks to visual media, and more.
Assistant Professor of Composition Adam Schoenberg’s Symphony No. 2: Migration received its premiere performance at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference on March 18, 2017 in Kansas City. Performed by the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble as the final piece in a series of concerts throughout the conference, the new symphony occupied a significant place in the event, which was the most well attended in CBDNA history. Learn more about Professor Schoenberg, or read an article from the Occidental Weekly that covered his classes and the music department’s composition curriculum.
Oxy is mentioned in Musical America Worldwide's citation of Josh Shaw, Pacific Opera Project's artistic director, as one of the top 30 musical innovators of 2016. Read the article on Musical America Worldwide. Oxy is also mentioned in LA Weekly’s article “Why the World Started Paying Attention to L.A.'s Modern Opera Scene in 2016."
For more information on our programs, please contact us at 323-259-2785, or by email at email@example.com.
Please come and listen to the music of Oxy's Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble!
Occidental music students perform a wide variety of repertoire in a casual setting.
Come hear music from the Occidental Jazz Ensemble and Oxy Jazz Combo!
Come and listen to the Music Department's newest ensemble, the Occidental Sinfonia!
Performances by the Occidental piano students of faculty artist, Junko Ueno Garrett
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Senior Administrative Assistant
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