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@UCLAalpert is proud to announce that our UCLA co-ed a cappella group, @UCLAResonance, won first place 🏆 in @VarsityVocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) West Coast Quarterfinals! UCLA Resonance entered their music video “Good Thing Self Care” into the fierce competition, which features several School of Music students such as lead soloist Christina Perez '20 and current MM student (@xtinaperezz), Maggie Pan '21 (@moogiepan), Julien Fraser '23 (@julien_fraser), Jonathan Tsai ‘23 (@madsteaparty) and more.  ICCA is the biggest and most competitive international a cappella competition and was founded in a college dorm room in 1996. Celebrating its 25th season, the ICCA tournament took place in a fully virtual setting and featured 3,500 performers in 250 groups from universities across 33 states and five countries.  As the group advances to the Semifinals, Resonance will represent UCLA and the collegiate a cappella community in the city of Los Angles within the competition.  Huge congratulations to our Bruins! 👏💙🎤  • Soloists: Christina Perez and Josh Grossman (@jgrossman430)
• Arranger: Brandon Tai (@tai.brandon)
• Choreographers: Christina Perez and Anvita Gurung (@anvita.g)
• Vocal percussion: Angela East
• Audio mixing: Brandon Tai
• Videography: Anvita Gurung
• Bass: Brandon Tai  To watch the full video, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Acappella #Music
Join us Wednesday, 4/7 at 11 AM PT for the first concert in the brand new series, “Musics from Around the World: Southern California Composers in Concert”, launched by The World Music Center at @UCLAAlpert, spotlighting contemporary global music makers throughout the region. Kicking it off will be composer, performer and improviser Christopher Adler (@christopheradlerdotcom).⠀
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Adler will present his work with the khaen, the bamboo free-reed mouth organ of Laos and Northeast Thailand, an instrument he has championed for over 25 years. He will perform traditional and contemporary solos, as well as two duos with violinist Batya MacAdam-Somer (@lesterbangslives), including the world premiere of a new adaptation of a piece originally for Chinese instruments.⠀
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“Musics from Around the World: Southern California Composers in Concert” is part of the yearlong celebration of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive's 60th anniversary.⠀
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To register for this event, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
#ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology #WorldMusic
UCLA Fight Song 🎶. Let’s go Bruins! It’s gameday! 🙌  Watch @uclambb take on Gonzaga tonight at 5:34 p.m. PT on CBS.  Fours up for the final four! @uclaband  #GoBruins #ThisisUCLAMusic #uclaband #solidgoldsound #marchmadness
As we close out Women’s History Month, @UCLAalpert is proud to spotlight fourth year Musicology and Neuroscience major, Yelena Malkhasyan. 🎻⠀
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She has been involved with several campus organizations, including MUSE, the Musicology undergraduate journal team (@uclamusicstudies), UCLA's Active Listening Club, the UCLA Symphony Orchestra as a violinist and violist, volunteer at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a Care Extender, and many more.⠀
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Malkhasyan held her first violin at 8 and picked up playing the viola a few years later. ⠀
“Music's healing nature has influenced me to pursue musicology, and I want to understand how music therapy can be used to help individuals,” said Malkhasyan.⠀
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Combining the interface between neuroscience and musicology to better understand how brains respond to music has always sparked her curiosity to ask questions such as “how we perceive music?” and “why does music elicit certain emotions in us?” ⠀
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“One of my core interests includes how music therapy can be used to positively impact cognitive functions and daily life. There is so much fluidity between how music can affect brain plasticity, and I want to bridge these fields together to grasp the power of music.”⠀
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Her mom was someone who helped her realize music's healing power, as well as her grandmother who would sing Armenian traditional music with her. The founder of The Harmony Project (@harmonyprojectla), Dr. Margaret Martin, and her violin teachers Melinda Rice and Audrey Solomon have also inspired her to pursue music. ⠀
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She strongly urges women wanting to pursue musicology to just go for it! “Music is the uniting force that has no boundaries, and we need more women in our musicology field who are passionate about creating positive changes in how we perceive and understand music.”⠀
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As part of her Musicology Capstone Project, she will share how music has therapeutic benefits for sleep and how this relationship may improve cognitive abilities for adolescents, which will be available to view on the school’s Musicology webpage on 5/24.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Musicology #WomeninMusic #WomensHistoryMonth
@UCLAalpert is proud to congratulate Jonathan Tsai ‘23 (@madsteaparty), a sophomore double majoring in Music History & Industry and English, for receiving the prestigious @PacificBridgeArts Scholarship. ⠀
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Tsai was one of five recipients across the nation to win this award, which is awarded to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) pursuing degrees in the musical arts. ⠀
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Historically, AANHPIs have been underrepresented in mainstream American popular music, and this scholarship aims to provide a network of support and community for AANHPIs talent.⠀
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“Knowing that there are organizations like Pacific Bridge Arts that are encouraging Asian people and Pacific Islanders to go into music, and willing to back them up financially, along with mentorship and resources is very comforting,” said Tsai.⠀
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Tsai currently has over two million plays on Spotify for his debut single “Boy Bi,” which was also selected for East Meets West’s curated playlist. ⠀
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We are thrilled to have Tsai as part of our program, and grateful to have his perspective represented for the Asian community at the School of Music. 💙⠀
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To read the full article, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
#ThisisUCLAMusic #AsianAmerican
To commemorate Women’s History Month, @UCLAAlpert is proud to spotlight Sierra Allen, a second-year DMA student in Clarinet Performance. 🎶 ⠀
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Allen loves being a TA for the Woodwind Chamber Music and enjoys serving as vice president of the School of Music’s inaugural Graduate Student Council.⠀
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“The Graduate Student Council is so important because it offers graduate students the opportunity to have conversations with each other and administration in an official capacity,” said Allen. “I deeply desire to help make the School of Music even stronger, and this is an opportunity to really make a difference.”⠀
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Allen pursued her DMA in music, not only as a personal goal, but after realizing a familial dream. ⠀
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“My grandmother was a huge supporter of women receiving an education,” said Allen. “In her 20s her husband died suddenly and she became the sole provider for her four children, all under the age of six. She worked incredibly hard, earning a master’s degree in nursing, and I wanted to be the first in my family to earn a doctorate as a way to fulfill her dream for her family, which became a dream for myself. I’m proud to be the first in my family to attain it!”⠀
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Aside from her grandmother being a major source of inspiration, Allen was also inspired by clarinetist Sabine Meyer’s musicality and demeanor, whose music she has been listening to ever since high school. ⠀
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One of the many reasons why Allen chose UCLA Alpert as her home was because of the rich LA culture and “precious pearls of wisdom from the amazing professors here.”⠀
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Allen encourages others to chart their own path if one doesn’t already exist. ⠀
“I know it can be hard to envision yourself where you want to be in the not-so-distant future without someone relatable to you already in that position. You may have to be that trailblazer. Overall, keep in mind that the end goal is to play beautiful music and to have fun.” ⠀
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We could not agree more 👏 and look forward to watching Allen perform in the Chancellor’s Recital Series, which will be available on The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s YouTube channel on May 3. 💙⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #WomensHistoryMonth #WomeninMusic #Music
Join us this week for a virtual conversation as we welcome renowned songwriter, film composer and Bruin, Randy Newman (@randynewmanofficial), presented by the UCLA Center for Musical Humanities as part of the Robert U. Nelson Lecture Series on Wednesday, 3/24 at 5 PM PT via Zoom.⠀
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Known for his songwriting, memorable film scores and live performances, Newman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. He is also the recipient of two Academy Awards, seven Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards 🏆. ⠀
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Joining him will be Professor Robert Fink, Chair of the Music Industry Program and Academic Associate Dean at @UCLAalpert, who will guide the conversation through Newman’s various careers, influences, and approaches to the diverse media in which he has worked.⠀
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This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required via the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #MusicIndustry #Music
Freshmen admission decisions have officially been released! 💙 💛Share your moment with us using #UCLAbound and mentioning @UCLA and @UCLAalpert in your stories.
Join us tonight, 3/19 at 7 p.m. for the “End of the Quarter Showcase” organized by the Alpert Student Advisory Board! ⠀
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Tonight’s concert features performers from all departments at the School of Music, including the UCLA Percussion Ensemble, the Music of China Ensemble, Irina Bazik, Kelsey Ma (@melseyka), Valerie Stern, Professor Inna Faliks, and original works from Kian Ravaei (@kianraveei), Robby Good (@robbygood702), Shirunyu Li among many more. ⠀
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To watch the concert, click the link in our bio ⬆️. ⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #music #Ethnomusicology #GlobalJazz
In recognition of Women’s History Month, @UCLAalpert is proud to spotlight fourth year Ethnomusicology major and composer Kenedea Lee (@kenedea_music). ⠀
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Lee started classical training when she was 9 years old and only immersed herself in that style of music until her late teen years. During her senior year of high school, she realized that she wanted to learn music outside of Western classical music, which led her to pursue Ethnomusicology. Having fond memories performing at UCLA Alpert’s Schoenberg Hall during high school was a huge reason why she chose to attend the School of Music.⠀
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She began writing music after she was given an assignment to write and perform a short blues piece from her music theory professor. After hearing herself and other musicians play a simple melodic line with supporting harmonies, that nearly knocked her off her feet. ⠀
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“I was inspired to compose music ever since,” said Lee. “As I genuinely write from my heart, I aspire to bring a sense of joy and warmth to those who listen to my compositions.” ⠀
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One woman musician she looks up to is Lynette Williams (@hammondgal), the keyboardist for @ChildishGambino. ⠀
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“I am not only inspired by her talent, but also by her kindness and character,” said Lee. “She inspires me to be a better musician and a good person at the same time. The two should always be hand and hand!” ⠀
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Lee encourages other women wanting to pursue a profession in music to wholeheartedly believe in yourself. Acknowledging that the industry is heavily dominated by men, she wants women not to be discouraged by what looks like the "odds,” but to keep your eyes on your goals. ⠀
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Staying focused on her goals, Lee is releasing a short jazz album called "Warm Colors” in the coming months, which will be available on most music platforms. ⠀
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We are truly inspired and look forward to hearing Lee’s new music. 🎵💙⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #WomenInMusic #WomensHistoryMonth #Ethnomusicology
@UCLAAlpert alumni are invited to a Virtual Networking Night to connect with fellow School of Music alumni to engage in conversation, fun and professional opportunities hosted by the Alumni Board on 3/25 at 7 PM. ⠀
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If you have any questions about this event, please contact Rory O’Toole at rotoole@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu. ⠀
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Registration is required and to register, click the link in our bio ⬆️.
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What do we recognize as an instrument? What if sap flowing through spruce was a violin’s first song? ⠀
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These types of questions will be explored by a new lab at @UCLAalpert.⠀
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Learn more by heading over to the PEER Lab’s (@peerlabucla) page and stay tuned as they share exciting news on Thursday, 3/18. ⠀
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#PEERLabUCLA #Musicology
Lupita Infante ‘17 (@luinfante), Ethnomusicology alumna and GRAMMY nominee for her first studio album, “La Serenata,” in the Best Regional Mexican Music Album category will kick off the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony event with a tribute performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless classic Marvin Gaye track “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology).” Joining her will be several nominees, including former Bruin Kamasi Washington (@kamasiwashington). ⠀
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Infante will also have the honor of presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day, alongside Bill Burr (@wilfredburr), Chika (@chikalogy) and former Recording Academy Chair Jimmy Jam (@flytetymejam).⠀
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The Premiere Ceremony will be livestreamed internationally on Sunday, 3/14 at 12 p.m. PT via the @recordingacademy website before the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show. 💙 ⠀
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To learn more, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #GRAMMYs #Ethnomusicology #Alumni
Join @UCLAalpert and @UCLA_tft for a virtual panel on April 7 at 6 p.m. PT with some of Hollywood’s prominent filmmakers and composers (Gina Prince-Bythewood @gpbmadeit, Terilyn Shropshire @tashrop, Joseph Trapanese @joecomposer and Brian Tyler @briantylermusic) to discuss the collaborative process of creating music for visual content.  Registration is required. To register for the event, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic
Shana Redmond, Global Jazz Studies and Musicology Professor at @uclaalpert lent her voice in the @epix series titled “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of ‘Godfather of Harlem,’” a companion piece to the critically acclaimed EPIX streaming series “Godfather of Harlem” starring Forest Whitaker (@forestwhitaker). The four-part documentary series was recently nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image Award, for outstanding directing by Keith McQuirter (@keithmcquirter), who called upon Redmond for her perspective and insight to help tell the dramatic true story. ⠀
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The docuseries brings to life the true story of Harlem and its music during the 1960s, and connects that history to our present moment. ⠀
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“The title of the documentary is a play on the famed 1964 statement by minister and radical human rights activist Malcolm X, in which he argued that Black people would fight for their humanity ‘by any means necessary,’” said Redmond. ⠀
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Combining personal stories with powerful music and rare archival footage, the series goes beyond the black-and-white historical images into the multicolored souls of musicians unafraid to use music as a weapon for change.⠀
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Congratulations to Professor Redmond on this well deserved nomination! 💙 The 52nd NAACP Image Awards will air on @bet and simulcast across ViacomCBS Networks on Saturday, 3/27. ⠀
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To read the full UCLA Newsroom article, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisUCLAMusic #GoBruins #NAACP #GlobalJazz #Musicology
March is Women’s History Month and to kick off International Women’s Day we are proud to spotlight Haley Benedict (@haleyybenedict), a first year Global Jazz Studies major, member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority (@uclagammaphi), and the first flutist in the Global Jazz Studies program at @UCLAAlpert.⠀
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“I am so grateful to be the first flutist in the Global Jazz Studies program,” said Benedict. “While I was applying to college, I was scared schools would not allow me to apply since my main instrument isn’t exactly traditional in jazz. UCLA welcomed me with open arms! I definitely feel very valued in the School of Music.” ⠀
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For Benedict, music started as a required course in grade school, but as the years went by she fell in love with it and joined her middle and high school jazz bands playing the flute. Knowing she had to pursue her passion, she was drawn to the Global Jazz Studies program because of how diverse it is, especially the ability to explore Latin jazz at the School of Music. ⠀
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Although being a woman in a male dominated profession can be intimidating, Benedict expressed it can also be very empowering. ⠀
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“I hope other women wanting to pursue music do not allow anything to hold them back. I look to many great women such as Ella Fitzgerald and Alice Coltrane for my inspiration. I hope to be as talented as them someday, so I don’t have time for any setbacks. I pave my own way!”⠀
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Her inspiration also comes from her mom who supported her to pursue what makes her happy, and her grandmother who inspired her to connect with her Cuban roots and culture through music. ⠀
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“I am so thankful I have the chance to study at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. I feel so at home in this community. I have never felt more welcomed or wanted. The School of Music at UCLA has provided me with a safe place to learn and grow, as well as make some pretty groovy music.”⠀
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Benedict is currently working on a project with fellow School of Music students for the upcoming Winter Quarter Showcase. We can’t wait to see her beautiful performance. 💙 ⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #WomenInMusic #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #GlobalJazz
“Lift Every Voice & Sing” and “The Star Spangled Banner” @UCLAWBB for BHM. During a recent @uclawbb game against Oregon State, Ethnomusicology major Yeremiya “Yerry” Wright ‘23 (@itsyerry) and Psychology major Foluke Oduntan ‘21 (@rachealfolu) were invited to perform the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “The Star Spangled Banner” in honor of Black History Month.  Wright and Oduntan are members of the Leadership Team in the Department of Ethnomusicology’s Music of African Americans Ensemble at @UCLAalpert, which is directed by Dr. Diane White-Clayton (@dianewhiteclayton). We are beyond proud of our talented students. 💙  Happy Black History Month! 💛  #ThisisUCLAMusic #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #Ethnomusicology
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