College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Department of Music and Performing Arts

Building & Facilities

The Department of Music and Performing Arts is located on the CSUMB campus in the Music Hall, Building 30. The building, which served as a chapel for Fort Ord, features an excellent recital hall with 132 fixed seats and a Steinway D concert grand piano.

The Steinway D is one of three Steinways and four Boston pianos in the department. In addition, there are electronic pianos and synthesizers for student use.

The music building is equipped with two state-of-the-art recording studios and two MIDI labs with a total of twelve workstations. Small classrooms are part of the building and, when vacant, they also serve as practice facilities for students.

The department's instrumental inventory includes a variety of string and wind instruments, a collection of guitars, a modern piano lab, and an impressive array of percussion instruments. In addition, the department has a rare and unique collection of jazz ensemble arrangements received through collaborations with the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Library.

Additional campus performance venues include the World Theater, University Center, and the Black Box Cabaret. MPA students and alumni provide live sound support in these venues.

Music Hall exterior