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Department of Music

Choral Ensembles

Dr. Cari Earnhart, Director of Choral Activities

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. In addition, the choral program annually hosts a the Invitational Choral Festival each fall, attracting more than 60 choirs,  that has featured conducting luminaries Jerry McCoy, Rodney Eichenberger, Eph Ehly, Edith Copley, Jing Ling-Tam, and Z. Randall Stroope.

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 that annually fills the concert hall while inspiring similar spin-off events around the state. In the Spring, the choral program hosts Voices in Song, a festival for Treble Choirs.

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

Fall 2023 Choral Festivals

SOUND OFF! A Festival for Tenor-Bass Voices – September 14-15, 2023 – Timothy C. Takach, clinician

Invitational Choral Festival – October 18-20, 2023 -  Dr. Lynne Gackle, clinician

Fall 2023 Choral Performances


Fall Choral Concert

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Fresno State Concert Hall

Holiday Choral Concert

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Fresno State Concert Hall