Music Arts

Music Arts Programs

female student vocal jazz singers performing

Vocal Music

With a notable standard of excellence in performance, our vocal music ensembles have received high acclaim throughout the world.

Citrus College’s vocal music program can prepare you for a career in performance, as a recording artist, or as a music educator. We offer a broad spectrum of courses designed to help you get the training and education you need to succeed in the challenging and competitive music industry.

Vocal music ensembles:
beginning, intermediate and advanced voice classes
musical theater workshops
private voice instruction
music theory
• music history classes

We also combine our vocal department with our dance and drama departments to offer a unique and professional experience. Department alumni include Broadway and film performers, studio vocalists, composers, conductors and teachers.

There are a multitude of performance opportunities for vocal enthusiasts:

Citrus Singers
The Citrus Singers, an audition only singing group, perform all over Southern California during the holiday season, as well as Citrus College’s Christmas Is… In the spring the Singers take part in the Spring Musical as well as put on a rousing Pop or Broadway Show at the Haugh Performing Arts Center.

Concert Choir
Concert choir is open to all and is the largest choral ensemble at Citrus College and has been successfully performing a vast repertoire of classical and popular choral music for over fifty years. Each year, in addition to performing Holiday and Spring Concerts, this group travels to Chapman University to participate in the Chamber Choir Festival.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Speakeasy)
This dynamic ensemble performs a wide range of jazz and contemporary repertoire with an emphasis on lush vocal harmony. With 12 to 16 voices and a rhythm section we offer a diverse experience with both large and small group numbers in the same performance. The Speakeasy vocal jazz ensemble performs throughout Southern California for corporate events, festivals, fairs, country clubs, and more!

Treble Chorus
The heartfelt sound of our Treble Chorus highlights the rich blend and harmony of soprano and alto voices. They perform both classical and contemporary choral repertoire with elegance and grace. With 16 to 20 unaccompanied voices we offer an exciting a cappella experience. The Treble Chorus performs throughout Southern California for corporate events, festivals, schools, fairs, country clubs, and more! The members of this ensemble are grateful for the opportunity to create and share meaningful music.

citrus college's nightshift band performing live at a private event

Instrumental Music

Be among those that have gone on to enjoy success as musicians and music educators, by starting the pursuit of your musical dreams at Citrus College!

Citrus College has one of the finest and most enterprising Music Departments in Southern California. The Instrumental Music Program offers amazing facilities, diverse performance opportunities, and classes taught by world class faculty with extensive professional industry experience.

Citrus offers a variety of top notch performance ensembles to prepare you for a successful career in music. Our music ensembles have received national and international acclaim and regularly perform concerts in Hawaii, Japan and Europe. Many Citrus students have gone on to perform with major rock acts such as NO Doubt, Green Day and the Offspring; on Broadway, and on cruise ships. Some choose to continue their training at prestigious music conservatories.

Citrus faculty and students have recorded and performed with a variety of premier talents in the music industry, such as Gwen Stefani, Kevin Lyman (the Warped Tour), John Avila (Oingo Boingo, Real Big Fish), and Sammy Nestico and have recorded TV commercials, HBO and feature movies such as The Mighty Ducks III.

At Citrus you will develop your musicianship in the Applied Music/Individual Instruction Program, where you will get the personal instruction needed to reach your full potential as a musician. Classes in song writing, electronic music, improvisation, and recording arts will help prepare you for the expanding role of today’s musician, and you will develop a comprehensive musicianship studying music fundamentals, harmony, musicianship and music history.

Performance Opportunities:
Jazz Bands/Ensembles such as the Blue Note Swing Orchestra, perform the most challenging level jazz music and regularly enjoy the unique opportunity to explore performance touring on the road.

Pop Rock Ensembles such as Night Shift, give you professional level experience performing contemporary stage show and club engagements.

Sierra Wind Symphony, a full 40 to 60 piece wind and percussion orchestra providing instrumental musicians the opportunity to explore the most sophisticated, challenging and expressive symphonic music at the highest levels of professionalism.

Sierra Wind Symphony

Formed in 2001, and Directed by Maurice Limon, the Sierra Wind Symphony has grown to provide Citrus College instrumental musicians the opportunity to explore the most sophisticated, challenging and expressive symphonic music at the highest levels of professionalism.

Yearly Performance Opportunities:
Local and prestigious regional wind band and orchestra festivals

A Night of Music from Film
A unique and exciting production for which the Sierra Wind Symphony’s instrumentation is enhanced to include a string section, vocal and instrumental soloists, Citrus’ own Concert Choir, a rhythm section, and sound effects to perform live with the projection of footage from blockbuster movies.

A variety of performances in the Haugh Performing Arts Center
Each spring the Wind Symphony joins forces with various performing arts groups on campus in the Haugh Performing Arts Center in concert.

The instrumentalists in the Sierra Wind Symphony also enjoy the benefits of studio performance by recording frequently in the world class Citrus College recording studios.

For further information email Mr. Limon.

Film/TV Electronic Media

ADT in Film Studies

Degree/Certificate Description
The Associate in Science for Transfer Degree in Film, Television & Electronic Media is designed to develop performance skills in film, television and digital media studies. Course offerings will include aesthetics, history and production and to provide professional training at the beginning level. The AS-T in Film, TV & Electronic Media emphasizes a broad spectrum of experience in the creation of video productions as well as an interdisciplinary approach to film study.

Possible Job Titles:
Director
Camera Operator
Sound Engineer
Digital Effects Designer


AA in Film Studies

Degree/Certificate Description
Film Studies introduces students to the history of film, exploring film as an artistic, cultural and social phenomenon. The program also provides students with a theoretical and practical foundation in film analysis and production. Students will have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses from film appreciation and history to acting, screenwriting and videography, providing students with both theoretical and hands-on experience in filmmaking and production. Film Studies will prepare students for transfer to a university and/or for various professions, including but not limited to, filmmaking, writing, acting, advertising, film business and film production. 

Possible Job Titles:
Director
Writer
Producer
Film and Video Editor
Camera Operators
Film Editors
Social Media Director 

Art History

Art history is the study of visual images in combination with their cultural and historical contexts. Students will learn to analyze visual imagery, examining artworks from a variety of viewpoints, including investigating their aesthetic, historic and cultural functions. Thus, students will come to better understand the important place visual imagery plays in creating, maintaining and challenging cultural norms.

While starting in grade school students are taught how to read critically, they are not taught how to look critically. This seemingly instinctive behavior of looking is taken for granted and the immense effect visual images have on us goes unnoticed. Art history teaches students how to engage with visual imagery and to look critically, changing the way they interact with the visual stimuli inundating their daily lives and developing and enhancing their critical thinking skills. Art history courses prepare students not only for transfer into art and art history programs but also for a diverse range of majors and careers.

For any questions about AA-T in Art History or about the program more generally, please contact Catie Besancon.

Art History

Art history is the study of visual images in combination with their cultural and historical contexts. Students will learn to analyze visual imagery, examining artworks from a variety of viewpoints, including investigating their aesthetic, historic and cultural functions. Thus, students will come to better understand the important place visual imagery plays in creating, maintaining and challenging cultural norms.

While starting in grade school students are taught how to read critically, they are not taught how to look critically. This seemingly instinctive behavior of looking is taken for granted and the immense effect visual images have on us goes unnoticed. Art history teaches students how to engage with visual imagery and to look critically, changing the way they interact with the visual stimuli inundating their daily lives and developing and enhancing their critical thinking skills. Art history courses prepare students not only for transfer into art and art history programs but also for a diverse range of majors and careers.

For any questions about AA-T in Art History or about the program more generally, please contact Catie Besancon.

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