Performing and Visual Arts
Courses under this heading cover the instructional content of a range of extracurricular activities and work in the fine arts and elsewhere. These courses will appear on the student’s transcript, and will be graded pass/fail only. The units count toward the total unit requirement for graduation, but they do not count toward the 108-unit requirement in humanities and social sciences.
PVA 30 abc. Guitar. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Offered on three levels: beginning (no previous experience required), intermediate, and advanced. Instruction emphasizes a strong classical technique, including an exploration of various styles of guitar-classical, flamenco, folk, and popular. Instructor: Elgart.
PVA 31 abc. Chamber Music. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Study and performance of music for instrumental ensembles of two to eight members, and for piano four-hands. Literature ranges from the 16th to 21st centuries. Open to students who play string, woodwind, brass instruments, guitar, or piano. After auditioning, pianists will be placed in sections by the instructors. Section 1: Mixed ensembles. Section 2: Piano four-hands. Section 3: Guitar ensemble. Instructors: Jasper White, Ward, Elgart.
PVA 32 abc. Symphony Orchestra. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Study and performance of music written for full symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra. The orchestra performs both the standard symphonic repertoire and contemporary music. Two and a half hours of rehearsal per week. Instructor: Price.
PVA 33 abc. Wind Orchestra. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. The Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Caltech and Occidental College. The ensemble rehearses Thursday nights from 7:30-9:45 pm. and performs three programs per year (one per term) at Ramo Auditorium and Thorne Hall. Repertoire is comprised of traditional and contemporary music encompassing a wide variety of styles, and regularly features renowned guest artists. Open to students of all levels of previous experience. Instructor: Price.
PVA 34 abc. Jazz Band/Jazz Improvisation. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Study and performance of all styles of big-band jazz from Duke Ellington to Maria Schneider, with additional opportunity for the study of improvisation. Class meets one evening per week.Instructor: Catlin.
PVA 35 abc. Glee Club. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Preparation and performance of choral repertoire spanning a range of historical periods and musical styles. Includes occasional collaborative performances with the orchestra. No previous experience required. Three hours a week. Instructor: Sulahian.
PVA 37 abc. Chamber Singers. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Advanced study and performance of SATB choral music. Emphasis is placed on more difficult choral repertoire, both a capella and accompanied. Includes performances with the Glee Clubs as well as at other on-campus events. Audition required. Participation in Glee Clubs required. Instructor: Sulahian.
PVA 40 a. Find Your Stories. 3 units (2-0-1); first term. Through a series of writing exercises, improvisation, and performance/vocal techniques, students will explore/discover/write new narratives for the ever-changing 21st century global landscape. The class culminates in public presentations recorded in front of a live audience. Instructor: Brophy.
PVA 40 b. Moth to the Flame. 3 units (2-0-1); first term.; second term. This second term emphasizes the relation of the speaker with community. In multiple five minute presentations covering selected topics, students will condense their stories to communicate complex social/scientific narratives and practice how scientists deal with citizen science and democracy in open forums. Lecturers from other Divisions will discuss their own history of public speaking and share their process on how they construct, justify and arrive at their scientific explanations. Instructor: Brophy.
PVA 40 c. Long Form Storytelling. 3 units (2-0-1); first term.; third term. This final term combines the various narratives compiled over previous terms and weaves them into a long-form storytelling narrative for a live invited audience at the conclusion. Students receive public speaking experience and end the year with a forum to share their process and their science stories with an invited audience. Efforts will be made to coordinate the event with outside opportunities such as existing TedX or Moth events. Instructor: Brophy.
PVA 41 abc. Storytelling for Scientists. 3 units (2-0-1); first, second, third terms. To be effective leaders and communicators, scientists need to explain/perform their science. Through a series of writing exercises, performance/vocal techniques with new media, students explore/write and perform new narratives for the ever-changing 21st century global landscape. The final class culminates in original stories recorded in front of a live audience. May be repeated for credit. Instructors: Brophy.
PVA 42 abc. Improvisation for Scientists. 3 units (2-0-1); first, second, third terms. This class is taught sequentially over the academic year and begins with rudimentary improvisation techniques, and continues in the winter/spring with professional improvisation guidance, long form improvisation, and advanced techniques with monthly public performances. Instructors: Brophy.
PVA 61 abc. Silkscreen and Silk Painting. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Instruction in silkscreening techniques, primarily for T-shirts. Progressive development of silk painting skills for fine art. Instructor: Barry.
PVA 62 abc. Drawing and Painting. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Instruction in techniques of painting in acrylics and watercolor and life drawing of models. Emphasis on student-chosen subject with a large reference library. Instructor: Barry.
PVA 63 abc. Ceramics. 3 units (0-3-0); first, second, third terms. Instruction in the techniques of creating ceramics, including the slab roller and potter’s wheel, and glazing methods. Instructor: Freed.