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Alumni Profiles

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Jake Heggie '84, M.A. '05
Jake Heggie is an American composer of opera, vocal, orchestral and chamber music. He is best known for his operas and art songs, as well as for his collaborations with internationally renowned performers and writers.
Kalil Wilson `06
Kalil Wilson is a vocalist whose style crosses genres of jazz, R&B, pop, and even classical. He entered UCLA in the vocal and opera program before discovering his love of jazz.
Cristina Magaldi Ph.D. ’94
Cristina Magaldi is a musicologist who specializes in the music of Latin America, Brazilian music, music and globalization, music and nationalism, popular music, and music and gender.
Meet the Alumni Board

The Inaugural Alumni Board is a passionate group of School of Music graduates representing a variety of musical disciplines and professions. Through engaging events, programming and special initiatives, the board connects our alumni community to each other and creates opportunities for current students to network with and learn from established alumni working in the music industry, as performers and in academia.

Meet The Alumni Board
Meet The Alumni Board
Meet The Alumni Board
Meet Stephanie Economou

Classically trained composer Stephanie Economou M.A. ’14 is part of a new generation of female film composers. She took a master class from Harry Gregson-Williams, the British-born composer responsible for Shrek and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, during a seminar at the school of music. He subsequently offered Economou a part-time job, then hired her full time after she graduated. Economou has contributed additional music to Gregson-Williams’s scores including for the Oscar-nominated The Martian, Live By Night, and The Equalizer 2. In November 2018, Economou helped record a 60-piece orchestra performing the score for the Disney Nature film Penguin. “There’s nothing like being in the room with musicians,” she says, “because they’re the ones who breathe life into the music. We do our best approximations on the computer, but when we stand on the podium and hear all the musicians express their musicality — that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

Stephanie Economu MASK C Left Stephanie Economou M.A. ’14
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.
Hancock Institute Alumni Discusses Education, Studying with Jazz Legends
The Greenfield Recorder interviews Miro Sprague of Downbeat Magazine’s 2002, 2003 and 2004 National Student Music Award and graduate of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA.
Composition Alumnus to Score ‘Lady and the Tramp’
Joseph Trapanese M.A. '08, known for composing the scores for such films as "The Greatest Showman" and the landmark rap biopic "Straight Outta Compton," will write the score for the live-action adaptation of "Lady and the Tramp."


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Soprano Angel Blue has performed in the great concert halls of Europe: La Scala in Milan, the Royal Albert Hall and the Theatre an der Wien. In October 2017, she made her Met debut in a production of La Bohème. Watch Angel’s “True Bruin” spirit shine in this video introducing kids to opera.

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