Alumni
Board

Where School of Music Alumni and Students Connect

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.

Music Performance (Trumpet) '10
Ryan Svendsen
As a music executive and musician, Ryan Svendsen has a unique understanding of both sides of the music industry. After graduating from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Svendsen assisted in music bookings at United Talent Agency and then artist management at Azoff Music/Live Nation. At Lionsgate, Svendsen managed the music campaigns of over 80 Film and TV Soundtracks
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Ethnomusicology ‘13
Ari Afsar
Ari Afsar is a singer/songwriter with placements on ABC, Disney, and Amazon. A graduate of Ethnomusicology from UCLA, Afsar released her EP, “Somewhere I Thought I’d Be.” She is the composer of Jeannette, a musical about the first woman elected into Congress, developed at the O’Neill NMTC where Afsar won the Lyricist Award. Last fall, she composed a piece, Allegory
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Economics/Music Industry ’18
David Brik
David Brik graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a minor in Music Industry. During his time at UCLA, David co-founded the university’s first-ever music industry student organization (MIC at UCLA). He produced events and organized conversations with world-renowned artists and executives to help students gain a better understanding of the industry. The organization grew
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Music Performance (Voice) '15
India Carney
India Carney is an American singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and actress. A native of Brooklyn, New York, and graduate of LaGuardia Arts High (The “FAME”) School, India finished her classical music training at UCLA. Before graduating college, India made her national television debut on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series, The Voice – Season Eight. She wowed audiences and four highly acclaimed
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Music Education ’03; Choral Conducting M.M. ‘05
Jay Dillon
Jay was a Riverside city college transfer to UCLA where he studied music education (BA) and choral conducting (MM) and was drum major of the Bruin marching band. On his way to a teaching credential, he stumbled into a job at the UCLA alumni association. From there he built a career in higher education fundraising and is currently the Executive
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Violin Performance M.M. ‘95
Liliana Filipovic 
Violinist Liliana Filipovic received her B.A. in Music from the University of Belgrad/Serbia-former Yugoslavia and her M.M. from UCLA in 1995 where she was a Mimi Alpert Feldman scholar and recipient of the Nakamichi Music Scholarship. An avid orchestra and chamber musician, she has worked with Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Santa Barbara Opera among others. Liliana has collaborated with
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Music Composition M.A. ’08; Ph.D. ‘11
Jeff Kryka
Los Angeles-based composer Jeff Kryka has been awarded by Turner Classic Movies, ASCAP, the RMALA, and the Henry Mancini Foundation. As both a composer and orchestrator, his work has been featured in major motion pictures, TV-shows, video games, and heard in concert halls across the globe. Jeff studied music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.M. 2006) and at the
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 Ethnomusicology (Jazz Performance and World Music) ‘17
Satya Fuentes
Satya Fuentes is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor and musician. She currently works for Black and White Music Supervision under Emmy nominated music supervisor Jen Malone, (Euphoria, Atlanta) where some of her current shows include Euphoria, Umbrella Academy and The Resident. She also recently music supervised the Netflix documentary The Claudia Kishi Club. Satya began her career interning under Grammy-nominee
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 Music Education ‘98
Vince Villanueva
Vince Villanueva has over 25 years of experience in the Music Industry.  He joined the Netflix Music Department in 2018 and currently serves as their Music Clearance Specialist for Animation, Unscripted and various Kids & Family shows.  He was part of the Music Team that revived American Idol on ABC and prior to that, served as the Director of Music
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