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UC Berkeley Community

Cal Performances is an integral part of a world class public university, and we believe that our best work lies at the intersection of the worlds of ideas and live performance. As such, Cal Performances is committed to programs that provide students essential access to the performing arts.

UC Berkeley Students: Cal Performances provides exclusive activities for UC Berkeley students, with annual dance and orchestra residencies featuring personal interactions with visiting artists including workshops, master classes, and class visits. Additionally, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded us a generous 5-year grant to deepen our academic impact with two courses per semester built around our performances.

Student Musical Activities (SMA) is a thriving center for extra-curricular music on the UC Berkeley campus. SMA, a department within Cal Performances, is home to the University of California Marching BandUC Jazz Ensembles, and UC Choral Ensembles (UCCE). UCCE includes the UC Men’s Octet, California Golden Overtones, Cal Jazz Choir, Perfect Fifth, UC Men’s Chorale, UC Women’s Chorale, Noteworthy, BareStage Productions, and UC Alumni Chorus.

SAFTA (Student Ambassadors for the Arts), a student-led committee sponsored by Cal Performances, arranges special events and student promotions, including meet and greet events with artists, student night out parties, and more.