Music Performance

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Music combines intensive applied study of Western classical music with the superb academics of a major research university situated in a global cultural capital. Students in the performance concentration study individually with world-class performers and teachers, participate fully in a range of large and small ensembles, and pursue rigorous coursework in music theory, history, and analysis. Across the major, frequent performance opportunities, open to students regardless of class standing, ensure that each student gains extensive experience in a wide variety of performance contexts. The small, collaborative nature of the program guarantees students tailored individual attention from faculty throughout the Music Department.

Music Performance Faculty

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Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Robert Winter
Distinguished Professor
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor
Gary Gray
Professor Emeritus
Leonard Bernstein at 100: Four UCLA Professors Reflect on an American Music Icon
World-wide celebrations are underway honoring American composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein, who would have been 100 on August 25, 2018. Opera UCLA joins the global celebration with an evening dedicated to Bernstein’s theater music plus his late masterpiece SONGFEST, on Nov. 17.
Milken Fund for American Jewish Music Launches Program Year
The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music presents more than a dozen performances this academic year. Featuring special guest artists, world-class student performers and leading scholars in the field,
UCLA Percussion Instructor Mitchell Peters Receives Posthumous Award from Percussive Arts Society
Mitchell Peters, a prodigious composer, recording artist, UCLA music professor, and former principal timpanist and percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame.
Dec 2 Sun
2:00pm
Free
classical, contemporary, opera, student-recital
Sense and Sensibility: Meagan Martin's Voice Recital
Meagan Martin, mezzo-soprano, is joined by pianist Douglas Sumi and by flutist Anastasia Petanova for her final DMA recital.
Jan Popper Theater
Dec 5 Wed
8:00pm
Free
classical
UCLA Symphony Performs Schubert, Koussevitsky, and Sibelius
UCLA Symphony performs works by Schubert, Koussevitsky, and Sibelius. Jules Levy, double bass. Bruno Bastos di Nascimento and Stephen Karr, conductors.
Schoenberg Hall
Dec 7 Fri
8:00pm
Free
classical
UCLA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
Enjoy a performance of Jake Runestad's Let My Love Be Heard and Labyrinth of Love by Michael Daugherty, with Hila Plitmann, soprano.
Schoenberg Hall

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