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Department of Music

Choral Ensembles

Dr. Cari Earnhart, Director of Choral Activities

On our campus, choral excellence is valued and supported for all people within the community – bridging cultures, ethnicities and economic backgrounds. In addition to music majors and minors, we welcome and depend upon undergraduate students from all programs of study across our campus to create a diverse choral community. Our choirs pride themselves in achieving musical excellence in a positive and supportive setting. We seek to inspire student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. We seek to foster leadership, accomplishment, self-worth, teamwork, pride, and appreciation of music among singers, and audience members.

The Fresno State Choral program maintains an active performing profile within the Fresno community and throughout the Central Valley. The choirs present five main stage concerts each year. Our ensembles, composed of students of all majors, have been received enthusiastically by audiences at home and abroad. We explore a wide variety of repertoire and regularly collaborate with other ensembles on and off campus. 

It is also credited with organizing the first California Real Men Sing Festival, now SOUND OFF!, each fall for middle school and high school tenor/bass voices. This event annually fills the concert hall while inspiring similar spin-off events around the state. In addition, the choral program annually hosts the Invitational Choral Festival each fall, attracting more than 60 choirs from throughout the Central Valley, that has featured conducting luminaries such as Jerry McCoy, Rodney Eichenberger, Eph Ehly, Edith Copley, Jing Ling-Tam, and Z. Randall Stroope.

For more information about the Fresno State Choral Program contact Dr. Cari Earnhart (

Fresno State Music Department


Concert and Ticket Information

For information regarding all Fresno State Music Department Concerts, please check out our link to Ticketsource.