The Bachelor of Arts in Composition is specifically interested in welcoming composers who demonstrate extraordinary intellectual curiosity and whose primary goal is to communicate with others on a profoundly human level. The program emphasizes the collaborative relationship between composers and performers in such a way that a simulated professional experience is achieved. The school’s renowned composition faculty expect students to acquire and master basic skills, which involves an intensive study of: music theory (written and oral), counterpoint, orchestration, analysis, technology, performance, the traditional Western canon and its history, in tandem with the study of popular, jazz, rock, folk, and non-Western traditions. Students who successfully complete the B.A. at UCLA are prepared to enter the professional world as practicing artists, film composers, or to continue with graduate studies at the highest level.
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Bruins Who Score- UCLA's film composition students
Anything but generic, UCLA’s Composing for Visual Media Program, which awarded its first degree in 2008, provides exposure to a broad range of musical styles, as well as what Lefkowitz calls a “focus on fundamentals” — long a hallmark of UCLA’s curriculum.
Richard Danielpour presents The Passion of Yeshua at the Oregon Bach Festival
“Yeshua,” co-commissioned by OBF, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Soli Deo Gloria Music Foundation, will receive another performance in December at UCLA.
‘Inside the (G)Earbox: John Adams @ 70’: an up-close look at America’s most innovative composer
Composer John Adams turns 70 this month, and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is joining the world-wide celebration with a daylong symposium, “Inside the (G)Earbox: John Adams @…
Composer Jon Jang will be artist-in-residence at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology will welcome pianist and composer Jon Jang for a week-long artist residency, from Jan. 16-20. Jang’s music has been likened…
GRAMMY Nominations at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The 60th GRAMMY Award nominations, announced recently by the Recording Academy, include a handful of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music faculty, artists-in-residence, staff or alumni, among them Richard Danielpour,…
UCLA to host first piano festival devoted to contemporary canonic works
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music presents the “Dialogues and Re-imaginings Piano Festival,” a three-day event that will feature the responses of contemporary composers to canonic works for the piano.
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Nov 5 Mon
classical, contemporaryRussian String Orchestra: U.S. Premiere of Six Student Compositions
One of the preeminent string ensembles in the world, the Russian String Orchestra, conducted by Misha Rachlevsky, performs new works by six composition students from the Herb Alpert School of Music.
Nov 7 Wed
classical, contemporaryThe City of Angels Welcomes Moscow's Finest - RSO @ UCLA
The Russian String Orchestra performs professor David Lefkowitz's "Zachor," two works by professor Richard Danielpour, works by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, which are a testament to RSO's Russian lineage, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht, a tribute to the composer for whom UCLA's Schoenberg Hall is named. Conducted by Misha Rachlevsky.
Dec 9 Sun
classical, contemporaryThe Passion of Yeshua - Richard Danielpour
Renowned composer Richard Danielpour's 100-minute oratorio—presented in both Hebrew and English—is situated in the historical musical legacy of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Featuring the UCLA Philharmonia, Chorale and Chamber Singers.
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