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Students and alumni of the Department of Music and Theater gathered March 11 on a virtual platform to talk about and share original pieces of music.

Student composers share original work on virtual symposium

Sophia Pearson, Reporter // March 25, 2021

CSU Chico’s very own musicians and composition students shared insight about their music-making process and the music itself. This year’s music symposium, which is normally an in-person event, made...

Kehlani is an open bisexual artist. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Refinery29)

Playlist: 11 songs from talented LGBTQ+ musicians

Rayanne Painter // April 2, 2019

As a queer woman, I often relate more to music made by queer artists.I jam out to many songs made by folks outside of the LGBTQ+ community as well, but these songs and artists hold a special place in my...

A violinist from New Music Symposium concentrates while playing the beginning of Terry Riley's

Chico State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

Rayanne Painter // March 3, 2019

Ever read “choose your own adventure” books as a child? Chico State’s New Music Symposium recreated just that, but with music and rhythm.Guest composer Terry Riley joined the audience...

Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker of MaMuse displayed their artistic talents and songs with instruments like a cello and flute Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Local musicians aid in Camp Fire relief effort

Rayanne Painter // January 23, 2019

Celebration has been bittersweet since flames took to the town of Paradise in November. But excitement still filled the air as dutiful fans waited eagerly for musicians Jonathan Richman and MaMuse during...

Photo of Chico Unplugged winners (from left to right: Bradley Relt, Jared Kreuzberger, Thom Lacalle) Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Musicians crank up the volume at ‘Chico Unplugged’

Niyat Teferi and Caitlyn Young // September 27, 2017

On Thursday, Chico's popular Madison Bear Garden hosted the singer/songwriter competition, "Chico Unplugged." The School of the Arts Production (SOTA) first launched Chico Unplugged in 2012 as a way for...

Alexandra Kokkinakis is the bassist for The Vesuvians.

Sociologist by day, bassist by night

Julia Maldonado // September 19, 2017

One may not think initially that the study of human society and an aggressive music genre have much in common, but for Chico State sociology professor and alumna Alexandra Kokkinakis, it’s her...

Illustration by Nicole Jackson Photo credit: Nicole Jackson

Amy Winehouse documentary; what her family didn’t want you to see

Kristina Martinez // September 7, 2015

Before seeing her documentary, I already loved Amy Winehouse. It's not easy for anyone to watch her decline and the events that led up to her death. Winehouse's drug problem was made into a laughing matter...

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