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Ensembles at Cal State LA

Choir performing in a church.

The Department of Music provides music performance opportunities for Cal State LA students from all majors who have a passion for making music. We invite you to join us by finding the perfect ensemble or band for you.

Choirs performing.

University Choirs

Cal State LA's Chamber Singers and Concert Choir perform on and off campus, providing students with a wide exposure to standard and contemporary choral literature.

Jazz big band performing

Jazz Ensemble and Combos

The Cal State LA Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combos perform jazz music from established standard repertoire, new and original charts by composers active today, and original work by our own students.


Commercial Music Ensembles

The Commercial Music Ensembles provide students with the invaluable experience of being in a pop commercial band, performing music in all styles and genres within the popular music realm.

Orchestra students performing

University Orchestra

The Cal State LA University Orchestra performs string orchestra repertoire spanning all eras and styles, and is open to bowed string players across the University and the broader community.

Afro-Latin Ensemble

Afro-Latin Ensemble

The Cal State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble is dedicated to the study, practice, and performance of salsa and Afro-Latin music.

Emily Moss conducting the wind ensemble

University Bands

Cal State LA's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band provide a quality collegiate-level ensemble experience to university students and community members playing woodwind and brass instruments.

The Mariachi Ensemble

Mariachi Ensemble

Cal State LA's Mariachi Águila de Oro emphasizes presenting concerts that chronicle the historical development of Mariachi as a musical art form.

Percussion ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

The Cal State LA Percussion Ensemble performs a wide variety of percussion literature, drawn from world percussion traditions as well as classic and contemporary works for percussion ensemble.

Trombone Choir

Chamber Ensembles

Our music department is further enriched by a variety of chamber format ensembles, including:

  • New Music Ensemble
  • Exploration Ensemble
  • Classical Guitar Ensemble
  • Trombone Choir