The Music Department hosts a large and diverse number of performing ensembles. Ensembles provide significant service to the university, performing for many university events and providing a musical outlet for students in other majors. They also provide significant community service, through performances and other educational activities in area schools as well as performances for many civic and cultural events off campus. Most importantly, the Music Department's ensembles foster artistic excellence among music majors, earning awards at national festivals and invitations to perform internationally, as well as drawing thousands of audience members to campus each year. Our ensembles tour regularly, traveling to destination as near as area schools and far as Europe and Asia. Recent activities include tours in Italy and Spain, appearances at jazz festival in Reno, Nevada, and Bangkok, Thailand, and a performance at the California Music Educators Association conference.