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This summer, learn these key components of songwriting during The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s week-long Summer Songwriting Intensive program for high school students ages 14-18 from June 14-19. This virtual summer intensive will cover: why songs work, structures and approaches to songwriting, home studio set-up, live songwriting sessions, the importance of tracking royalties, studio expectations and creative collaboration.⠀
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Audra Baruch (@audraa) attended the first ever Summer Songwriting Intensive program last year and shared her experience attending the program. ⠀
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“I signed up thinking I would be taught the logistics of songwriting and what makes a song good, which I did,” said Baruch. “But, I also learned about the music industry, splits and PROs [Performing Rights Organizations] and other music business information that I never even knew was important to know as a songwriter. I got so much more than I bargained for in this program, and I ended up being so grateful for it.”⠀
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Participants such as Baruch will have the unique opportunity to interact with @UCLAAlpert faculty, songwriters and professionals in the music industry. During the program students will work collaboratively with instructors to create unique recordings that showcase their songwriting.⠀
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If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, please apply by Saturday, May 15.⠀
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To learn more about this and all of our summer programs, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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We are pleased to announce that Ethnomusicology faculty member, Supeena Adler (@supeenainseedler) and Music Education faculty member, Lily Chen-Hafteck at @UCLAalpert, will receive research grants from the UCLA Chancellor’s Council on the Arts and the university’s Office of Research and Creative Activities. 🎉 This year, funding was awarded to 12 faculty members to advance relevant arts and humanities research.⠀
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Adler will research a unique folk tradition of Northeast Thailand 🇹🇭 and acquire related instruments and costumes to incorporate into her Music of Thailand Ensemble course. Exploring music education and prejudice, Chen-Hafteck will investigate how Los Angeles elementary school students may benefit from learning the music and cultures of their fellow classmates, allowing for the appreciation of differences while reducing racial biases. 🎵⠀
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Additionally, the Ethnomusicology Archive and UCLA Library (@uclalibrary) have received funding to co-host a large-scale exhibition of Black music in Los Angeles that will feature familiar names and stories of musicians who have been excluded from the narrative of Los Angeles music making. 📚⠀
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“These research grants recognize the arts as essential to our lives,” said Eileen Strempel (@uclamusicdean), inaugural dean and chair of the UCLA Chancellor’s Council on the Arts. “The arts inspire innovation and creativity as they break down barriers to build empathy and understanding.”⠀
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We look forward to seeing how this funding will contribute to advancing the role of the arts as a vital part of the UCLA experience.💙⠀
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To read the full UCLA Newsroom article, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
#ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology #Giving
Join the UCLA Film & TV archive (@uclaftvarchive) Thursday, May 6, at 4 PM PT for a free virtual screening of the Los Angeles-based TV 📺 music program “Frankly Jazz” from 1962 hosted and co-produced by noted disc jockey Frank Evans🎷, who was known for his laid-back cool and trademark sign-off, “later.” The Archive presents three episodes of this obscure local music TV series, as preserved from recently acquired, original master videotapes featuring legendary artists such as Gerald Wilson, the Jazz Crusaders and Sammy Davis Jr.⠀
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Introducing the performances will be jazz musician, educator, and @UCLAalpert Ethnomusicology alumnus, Ray Briggs Ph.D., ‘02, Jazz Studies Department Chair for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music (@pasadenaconservatoryofmusic), and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Long Beach (@csulb_bccm), where he teaches courses in jazz history and ethnomusicology.📚⠀
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To learn more and RSVP for this event, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology #Alumni
Join The Friends of Jazz at UCLA on Friday, April 30 at 7:30 PM PT for a virtual concert honoring Herbie Hancock (@herbiehancock) in celebration of International Jazz Day on its 10th anniversary. Enjoy performances by GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, Freda Payne; American Jazz singer, Barbara Morrison; Pianists Paul Cornish (@modernpaulitics), Stuart Elster and Elder Gindroz; Bassist Michael Saucier, and Drummer Peter Buck (@bucksvibe). The concert will also feature Global Jazz Studies Vocal students, Arya Hora (@arya_htp) and Lauren Brewster (@brewtal1).⠀
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Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Barbara Morrison Jazz Scholarship Fund, supporting Global Jazz students at @UCLAalpert.⠀
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To RSVP, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #GlobalJazz #JazzAppreciation
In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, we are thrilled to spotlight first year Global Jazz Studies major and saxophonist 🎷Jordan Casciato (@jordansjazz), who is a member of the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, the UCLA Marching Band (@uclaband), as well as a Jazz combo led by Clayton Cameron (@cbrushman8753).  Initially, she chose to attend @UCLAAlpert because she knew the program would give her the necessary tools and experience to help her become a successful musician. Soon after, she realized many other benefits that the School of Music provided.  “After being part of the Global Jazz Studies community for almost a year,” said Casciato. “I can say that the best part is actually how the faculty cultivates every individual's creativity, and how the community promotes personal and musical growth.”  Casciato finds inspiration from saxophonist Leo Pellegrino (@leopfollowme) who once said, “‘If you only practice what people teach you, you’ll only learn what they know.’"  One of the key take-aways she wants to share with others is, “The most important thing to do is to not lose your voice. Only you can tell your story the way you tell it. If you apply this to your performance, you'll be golden.” 💛  We couldn’t agree more. Casciato is currently working on new music that she will post on her SoundCloud via soundcloud.com/jordancasciato soon.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #GlobalJazz #Saxophone #JazzAppreciationMonth
@UCLAalpert is proud to announce Professor Farzad Amoozegar (@farzad.amoozegar) as the new Director of the Iranian Music Program 🇮🇷. In this role, he is leading the creation of the Iranian Music Minor as well as organizing a series of conferences and workshops on aspects of Iranian music performance, aesthetics and ethics.  His appointment represents the continued partnership between the School of Music and the Farhang Foundation (@farhangfoundation), an organization dedicated to celebrating Iranian art and culture in the community.  Professor Amoozegar holds dual doctorate degrees in ethnomusicology and anthropology, and is an experienced performer of the Iranian musical instruments tār—a double-bowl-shaped, six-stringed instrument—and setār—a pear-shaped, four-stringed instrument.  The Farhang Foundation’s Executive Director, Alireza Ardekani (@rezakhan), connected with Professor Amoozegar for a Q&A to discuss Amoozegar’s passion for Iranian music, his teaching philosophy, his future plans for the Iranian Music Program and more.  “I could not have asked for more with my current position at UCLA,” said Amoozegar. “As the director of Iranian music, I have the chance to bring my academic and artistic background in conversation with my daily tasks and future goals.”  We are thrilled to welcome Amoozegar in his new role, contributing to the growth of diverse music to the Bruin community! 💙  To read the full article, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology #IranianMusic
Join us Wednesday, April 21, at 7 PM PT as @uclaalpert commemorates the Armenian Genocide with its annual concert, co-presented by the @hammer_museum. Come celebrate Armenia’s rich musical heritage with exquisite performances of works spanning more than one thousand years from mystic philosopher Saint Grigor Narekatsi, the revered master composer Komitas Vardapet and more.  Performances will feature the UCLA VEM Ensemble, director of the UCLA Armenian Music Ensemble Armen Adamian (@adanemra) on the duduk (դուդուկ), the Lernazang (Լեռնազանգ) Ensemble (@lernazang), and a special introduction by Professor of Violin 🎻 and Director of the Armenian Music Studies at the School of Music, Movses Pogossian. 🇦🇲 💙  Here is a sneak peek of what attendees can look forward to. Enjoy “Arakel Mushegh” (folk song), featuring Adamian. The list of performers in the video include:  • Ani Hovsepyan, alto
• Armen Adamian, duduk
• Petros Berberyan, blul
• Haik Adamian (@haikthehye), dhol
• Aghavni Semerdjian, backup vocals
• Diana Yenokyan, backup vocals  To RSVP for this event, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #ArmenianMusic
To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this April, @UCLAalpert is proud to share the recent Spring Concert from the UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, co-presented by the @FowlerMuseum.⠀
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Led by GRAMMY Award-winning artist and the School of Music’s Professor of Global Jazz Studies Arturo O’Farrill (@pianitis), musicians gathered virtually, playing compositions by Miguel Blanco, Adam O'Farrill, Guillermo Klein, Jason Lindner, as well as music from @HBOMax’s original documentary movie “Fandango at the Wall.” Special guests include DJ Logic (@thedjlogic), spoken word artist Christopher 'Chilo' Cajigas (@therealchilo), pianist and composer Andrew Andron, and more.⠀
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To watch the full concert, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #AfroLatinJazz #GlobalJazz
@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 ⬆️.⠀
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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 ⬆️.⠀
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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
Still Waiting Speaker Series

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and its Inaugural Dean, Eileen L. Strempel are proud to launch Still Waiting, a new speaker series that invites the public to join UCLA students in conversation with prominent figures invited by the school’s Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC), to help us understand ourselves and our response to this deeply hurtful moment in our nation’s racial reckoning. Still Waiting invites us to demand better of our communities and better of our actions in response to the tangible effects of racist policing, academic and institutional indifference, and methodologies that may bridge the gap between feelings of alienation and feelings of sanctuary and refuge for us all.

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Remote Learning & Technology Resources

We have a variety of remote learning resources available to our students, faculty and staff including how-to guides for using Zoom and similar tools, weekly technology workshops, online guides for purchasing audio recording equipment, links to dedicated technology support and more.

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Seven UCLA professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Q&A with Farzad Amoozegar, Iranian Music Program Director, and Alireza Ardekani, Executive Director of the Farhang Foundation
The School of Music is proud to announce Professor Farzad Amoozegar as the new Director of the Iranian Music Program. His appointment represents the continued partnership between The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Farhang Foundation, an organization dedicated to celebrating Iranian art and culture in the community.
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