Unique to Cal’s Department of Music among the great music departments in the country is the degree to which performance experience and study is integrated into every aspect of the academic program whether honing musicianship skills, acquiring knowledge of the music of diverse cultures and traditions, studying the history and literature of European music or contemporary music life in America and elsewhere. It shows up as a requirement only in one form: Music majors must enroll in at least three semesters of performance from the 140 or 168 series. However, undergraduates and graduate students avail themselves of rich performance opportunities by participating in one of the department’s ensembles that presents evening and weekend concerts, by presenting a noon concert, by auditioning for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the university orchestra, by performing in concerts of the Berkeley Undergraduate Composers Club, and other venues.
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