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Honoring Mo Ostin, 1927–2022

As chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records, Mo Ostin shaped decades of popular music, leaving a legacy for us all to share. A major gift from Mo and his wife Evelyn funded the construction of the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center, designed to provide students with access to the latest advances in music technology. The Ostins provided support for the School of Music’s Music Partnership Program. In addition, Mo was an active force for the Dean’s Board of Advisors. We will always cherish his passion and partnership.

Honoring Mo Ostin
Honoring Mo Ostin
Honoring Mo Ostin
We are greatly saddened to hear about the passing of legendary music executive Mo Ostin, who was a committed supporter of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. As chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records, Mo shaped decades of popular music, leaving a legacy for us all to share.  A major gift from Mo and his wife Evelyn funded construction of the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center, designed to provide students with access to the latest advances in music technology. The Ostins also provided support for the School of Music’s Music Partnership Program. Mo was also active on the Dean's Boards of Advisors for our school.  We will be forever grateful for his passion and partnership.  In Memoriam: Link in Bio ⬆️
#SecretChordConcerts returns with Episode 3 featuring @neta_elkayam, premiering on Wednesday, August 3rd, at 12pm PT (3pm ET)! Don’t miss the world-renowned Israeli singer of North African music who connects the spirits of her Moroccan Jewish mothers to audiences around the world. For this season's lineup and to find out more about this series, visit the Secret Chord Concerts 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️. Presented by @UCLAMAJE and @weitzmanmuseum
Join us on Saturday, July 30 🗓 as Arturo O’Farrill (@pianitis) – professor of Global Jazz Studies and GRAMMY winner – headlines the Summer SoundWaves concert series at The Music Center’s (@musiccenterla) Jerry Moss Plaza📍Arturo will share the stage with the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (@afrolatinjazz) and Cuban rapper, musician and spoken word artist Telmary (@_telmary_). 🎶  @UCLAAlpert students🐻 and alumni💙 are offered a special Bruin discounted rate of $5 per ticket with promo code the UCLA5!  Check out the link in our bio to get your tickets and enjoy a night of those Summer SoundWaves. 🔉  #ThisisUCLAMusic #LAEvents #LosAngeles #DTLA #GlobalJazz
Terence Blanchard’s original dramatic score for "They Call Me Magic" has been nominated for Outstanding Musical Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for the 2022 Emmy Awards.  “This nomination is an honor,” said Terence Blanchard, professor of music and global jazz studies at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, “it is humbling to be nominated for composing music for the documentary about one of my heroes, Magic Johnson—someone that I admire. Working on this documentary was a reminder of what it takes to be great and the focus and effort that are needed to be the best you can be.”  Read More: 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️  Pictured: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, whose life and legacy in the NBA is chronicled in the new docuseries "They Call Me Magic."
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Frank D’Accone and Marie Louise Martinez Göllner both passed away in 2022. Each had a pivotal role in building the department of musicology at UCLA during their long tenures at UCLA, which spanned the 1970s to the 1990s.  “For me,” said Ray Knapp, current chair of the department, “Frank and Marie Louise will always be the visionaries who saw what musicology could be at UCLA. Together they led the group that created the department, they served as the department’s first two chairs, and through strategic hires, they set the stage for its emergence as the premier musicology program in the nation. We owe both of them a huge debt.”  Read More: 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️
Flutist, UCLA instructor, composer and ubiquitous studio musician Sheridon Stokes passed away in July 2022. His career as a classical flutist and studio musician spanned over six decades. He was a beloved UCLA faculty member for nearly forty-five years and an anchor of the music performance wing of the music department before it became The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. 
“Sheridon’s career is inseparable from Los Angeles,” said Neal Stulberg, director of orchestral studies at The Herb Alpert School of Music. “He had a connection to its golden age that was lifelong.”  In Memoriam: 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️
David Kaplan has plans for the Shapiro chair. “The opportunity of a gift like this is that it can create truly big things,” said Kaplan, assistant professor of piano performance.
Shirley and Ralph Shapiro donated $1 million to establish the Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance. The gift primarily supports a faculty member in The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and students in piano performance, and David Kaplan is the inaugural chair holder.  Learn about Professor Kaplan's ambitions for the chair.  Read More: 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️
How often do you get to “premiere” a Richard Strauss opera? Not very often. Strauss is considered one of the great composers of late Romantic opera, and his works are well known and widely performed. However, Strauss’s The Silent Woman (Die Schweigsame Frau) has only been performed a handful of times in the U.S. and Europe, and is ripe for an intriguing rediscovery.  Jana McIntyre, an alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (class of 2014), will sing the role of Aminta with Bard Summerscape Festival at Bard College from July 22 through July 31. It promises to be an imaginative rendering of Strauss’s truly comic, Italian-inspired opera, with an elaborate set, colorful costumes and precision staging.  Read More: 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️
Duane Benjamin’s latest project involved just a single track. He orchestrated and co-produced it, hired live musicians, and directed them during a live video shoot. The video “Proof” by K-Pop super band BTS (@bts.bighitofficial) garnered 12 million views on its first day, and now is approaching 20 million views. 
It’s all in a day’s work for Duane Benjamin, who teaches in the Global Jazz Studies inter-departmental program at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. That is, when he’s not orchestrating music for television shows like The Voice and American Idol. But Benjamin (nickname Ben-jamin’) is not just a recording producer and orchestrator. A jazz and R&B trombonist, he has also recorded with legends like the Count Basie Orchestra, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stanley Clark, and Diana Ross, and with contemporary artists including Justin Timberlake and Jamiroquai.  Read More about Duane Benjamin's collaboration with BTS: 🔗 Link In Bio ⬆️
Don't miss TONIGHT's live jazz performance by UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music students in Westwood Village, CA. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an outdoor movie screening of Disney and Pixar's Soul, play games, and more! 
RSVP for FREE: 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️
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This time tomorrow, five wildly talented jazz students from @UCLAAlpert will be performing at #UCLAFirstThursdays. Don't miss this performance by Earth Foundation (Dalton Mumphrey, Colin McClure, Chris Ruiz, Raven Adair, and Oliver Cooper.)  Bring your families and a blanket and join us in Westwood Village on July 7th from 7–10PM for this special performance, plus an outdoor evening screening of Disney/Pixar’s “Soul,” games, food trucks, a photo-op and giveaways from Disney/Pixar. LINK IN BIO 🔗 ⬆️
Today at Noon PST! Acclaimed Klezmer-rock band @mostlykosher highlights their new album This World is Yours in this Secret Chord Concert, filmed in UCLA's beautiful recording studio.  The performance features modern protest music, challenging norms of intolerance and indifference, including songs inspired by the band's work with Los Angeles's unhoused population through the Urban Voices Project, co-founded by Leeav Sofer, frontman of Mostly Kosher.  **YouTube Premiere Link in Bio 🔗 ⬆️**  ...  Find out more about this series presented with @weitzmanmuseum and this season’s lineup at www.uclamaje.com (link in bio).  All #SecretChorsConcerts Episodes will premiere on their release date on the @weitzmanmuseum Facebook Page and the @uclamaje YouTube page. The series will be available on-demand after the event on those sites as well as The Weitzman’s website.  #uclamaje #ucla #americanjewishmusic #herbalpertschoolofmusic #mostlykosher #weitzmannmajh @uclamaje
#SecretChordConcerts Episode 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 6th, at 12pm PT featuring @mostlykosher! Don’t miss the acclaimed Klezmer-rock band that is boldly redefining Judaic and American cultural music.  Find out more about this series presented with @weitzmanmuseum and this season’s lineup at www.uclamaje.com (🔗 link in bio)  All #SecretChorsConcerts Episodes will premiere on their release date on the @weitzmanmuseum Facebook Page and the @uclamaje YouTube page. The series will be available on-demand after the event on those sites as well as The Weitzman’s website.  #thisisuclamusic #uclamaje #ucla #americanjewishmusic #herbalpertschoolofmusic #mostlykosher #weitzmannmajh #ThisIsUCLAMusic
UCLA has established the Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance, made possible by a $1 million gift from alumni Shirley and Ralph Shapiro.  David Kaplan, an assistant professor of piano performance and music performance, will serve as the inaugural chair holder. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from UCLA in 2005 and joined the faculty in 2016, the year the music school was founded.  “I’m deeply honored to serve as the inaugural Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance,” Kaplan said. “I joined the faculty relatively recently, but my roots at UCLA are much deeper. I wouldn’t be the artist, person and teacher I am today without this school, so I’m thrilled that the Shapiros’ generosity is going to serve many future generations of UCLA piano students.”  READ MORE: 🔗 Link in Bio ⬆️
“The pandemic’s influence on higher education will be long-lasting and transformative – but not necessarily negative.” Read the latest @latimes op-ed by Stephen J. Handel and School of Music Inaugural Dean Eileen Strempel featuring their “Beyond Free College” research.  Link in Bio ⬆️
As we approach the end of the school year, we’re excited to announce that Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, the 13th chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) (@neaarts), will deliver the keynote address at the @UCLAAlpert 2022 commencement celebration, which will be held in Dixon Court North on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m. PT. 🎓  Born and raised in South Los Angeles, Dr. Jackson is the nation’s first African American and Mexican American woman to be appointed as chair of @NEAarts, an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States. 📚🎨🎵  “We are thrilled that Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson will be participating in The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s 2022 commencement celebration,” said inaugural dean Eileen Strempel. “Dr. Jackson understands that the arts are a transformative force in our communities. Her tireless commitment to attracting national attention to the value of the arts and broadening accessibility to the arts is inspiring, as is her desire to share words of encouragement with our students and provide a guiding light as they reach this critical milestone.” 🎉  Congratulations to all our graduates! We can’t wait to celebrate all your hard work 💙💛  To learn more about Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson and the commencement, click the link in our bio ⬆️
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The Hollywood bowl will open its 100th Season with a bang on Friday, June 3. It is a night featuring standout conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (YOLA), jazz/classical saxophone legend Branford Marsalis, pop teen sensation Let It Happen, and an original fanfare written by legendary composer John Williams.  The headlining act is Gwen Stefani backed up by the LA Phil and a special performance with the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.  “Playing for the centennial season of the Hollywood Bowl, that’s a big deal” said Matt Espinoza, senior drum major. Espinoza grew up in neighboring Santa Monica, played trombone in the SaMoHi band, and was a UCLA fan as long as he could remember. “We just played at UCLA’s centennial. It helps remind you that you are part of something bigger than yourself.”  The marching band’s invitation to the Hollywood Bowl follows a decade and a half of high-profile success. The band has traveled internationally, playing in Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year Parade in 2006 and 2008, then to Nagoya, Japan for the Annual Ekitopia Festival Parade in 2010 and 2018, and to Taiwan for the Taoyuan International Band Festival in 2016. Known for their “Solid Gold Sound,” they have opened for The Rolling Stones and have been featured on popular albums including those by the English rock band Muse and the K-pop group BTS.  READ MORE: Link in Bio ⬆️
Nine years ago, the Armenian Music Program was started with a single student ensemble-in-residence. @UCLAalpert is thrilled to present the second annual Day of Armenian Music at UCLA on Tuesday, May 31st beginning at 12 PM to explore the depth and breadth of the Armenian Music Program. 🇦🇲  This celebration of Armenian Music includes a concert in Schoenberg Hall featuring the UCLA VEM Ensemble, the UCLA Armenian Music Ensemble and world-renowned guest artists, including folk singer Hasmik Harutyunyan (@hasmikharutyunyanofficial) and jazz pianist Vardan Ovsepian (@vardanovsepianmusic). 🎶  A culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of ambitious work in programming, community outreach and global touring, join us in celebration of all this artistry and history. After the workshops, concertgoers are invited to reunite outside Schoenberg Hall for a communal dance class 💃 and book fair 📚. 
To learn more, click the link in our bio ⬆️
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WELCOME BACK TO THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The School of Music is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus. This page includes COVID-19 policies specific to the School of Music, links to campus resources for learning, teaching and safeguarding our musical community this fall.

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Welcome Back to the School of Music
Welcome Back to the School of Music
Welcome Back to the School of Music
All-Bruin Ensemble Brings Songs to the Moon to the Hammer Museum Aug. 7
Songs to the Moon, will be performed Sunday, August 7 at 4:00 p.m. at the UCLA Hammer Museum by an all-Bruin ensemble.
A Non-Stop Summer for the Director of Opera UCLA
Kazaras, distinguished professor and director of Opera UCLA, recently directed Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for the Seattle Opera.
Jonathan Beard Receives Emmy® Award for Documentary Score
3 Seconds in October won the Emmy® Award for Societal Concerns from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In memoriam: alumnus Mo Ostin, 95, music industry legend and philanthropist
On campus, Ostin’s legacy includes the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center, designed to provide students with access to the latest advances in music technology.
2022 Emmy Nomination for Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard’s original dramatic score for “They Call Me Magic” has been nominated for Outstanding Musical Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for the 2022 Emmy Awards.
UCLA Alumna Jana McIntyre to Perform at Bard Summerscape Festival
Jana McIntyre, an alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (class of 2014), will sing the role of Aminta with Bard Summerscape Festival at Bard College from July 22 through July 31.
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