department menu


2018 Fall Semester Events


  • Oct. 23/Tues 7:30-9pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 111: Charles McPherson. CSUSM welcomes saxophonist and composer Dr. Charles McPherson to teach a Master Class on improvisation and perform with the Jazz Faculty. Get tickets here! CSUSM Students free; CSUSM faculty/staff/alumni $5; Public $10. McPherson has performed globally - most recently showcasing original compositions at the Lincoln Center. In addition to being an integral member of the great composer-bassist Charles Mingus’ band (1960 to 1972) he has performed with jazz greats Barry Harris, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Wynton Marsalis and others. McPherson has over 30 recordings as a leader and many more as a guest, including with: Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed “Manhattan Nocturne.” He was the featured saxophonist in the 1988 Clint Eastwood biopic on Charlie Parker - “Bird”. Through five decades as an integral performer and educator, McPherson remains true to his Be Bop origins, yet continually expands upon them as a singularly viable force in music. Sponsors: CSUSM Music Department and CSUSM Arts and Lectures. 


  • Nov. 6/Tues 4pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 111: Women at War Pre-Show Discussion: Meet the Director Rebecca Johansen, Choreographer Veronica Santiago, and CSUSM performers. Free and open to the public. Hosted by Dance Studies.

  • Nov. 7, 8, 9 & 10, 7pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 111: Women at War, a performance presented by CSUSM by Theatre Arts. Get tickets here! CSUSM students, faculty, staff, military are free. General public $10. For more information contact 
  • Nov. 13/Tues 4pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 111: Women and Candombléa talk and discussion by Vika Stansky-Hernandez. Hosted by Dance Studies. Free and open to the public. For infomation contact
  • Nov. 13/Tues 5:30pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 240: Visiting MediaMaker – PACARTS and the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Free and open to the public. The 19th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (, the largest showcase of Asian cinema in the western United States, invites filmmakers from around the world to present their films and meet San Diego audiences (November 8-17, 2017). One of the esteemed invited filmmakers from the festival will attend CSU San Marcos for a special in-person film presentation. CSUSM MediaMakers and PAC ARTS co-sponsor this one event on the Cal State San Marcos campus. Supported by Video in the Community Educational Equity Fund. Free and open to the public. For information contact
  • Nov. 29/Thurs 7pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 101. Composing the Instant, annual CSUSM student improvisation performance, emerging from Lecturer Anya Cloud's DNCE 311 class. $5 a ticket. Hosted by Dance Studies. For more information contact


  • Dec. 3/Mon 8pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 101. Contemporary Folklorico end-of-semester performance, emerging from Lecturer Rayven Armijo’s DNCE 303 class. Free and open to the public. Hosted by Dance Studies.