The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance 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

Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Jan Berry Baker
Associate Professor of Saxophone
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Vladimir Chernov
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Michael Dean
Professor, Voice Performance
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Head of Piano
Cheryl Lin Fielding
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Juliana Gondek
Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
David Kaplan
Assistant Professor - Piano Performance
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Meghan Turner
Lecturer, Music Education--Brass Methods
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
The Allure of a Stradivarius
The allure of a Stradivarius—any Stradivarius—is not hard to document. They are powerful, sonorous, and rare. There are fewer than two-hundred and fifty known Stradivarius violins remaining in existence, and each one has a name. To own a Stradivarius is a big deal. UCLA has two. Thanks to a recent and generous gift from the
UCLA Philharmonia’s Long Journey Back to Live Performance
“There’s something interesting about playing live; you’re in the moment.” – Herb Alpert On Saturday, October 30, 2021, UCLA Philharmonia returned to live performance after more than a year and half of remote work. The concert was an exciting embodiment of music’s resilience, strength, and of the spirit of the faculty, staff and students of
Opera UCLA Presents the World Premiere of Cinematic Horror Opera Cesare, Child of Night
The Herb Alpert School of Music is proud to present film/TV orchestrator, music industry lecturer and composer Jonathan Beard’s (Respect, King Richard, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and The Mandalorian) world premiere of his cinematic horror opera Cesare, Child of Night via live stream on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Cesare, Child of Night is a one-act electroacoustic opera based on the
Jan 21 Fri
3:00pm
Free
masterclasses
Strings Masterclass: Strategies for creativity and expression with Eugene Friesen
Four-time Grammy Award-winning cello virtuoso Eugene Friesen conducts a masterclass on strategies for creativity and expression from his inspiring book, Improvisation for Classical Musicians, helping string players develop and improve classical, improvisatory, and rhythmic techniques.
Zoom
Feb 7 Mon
7:00pm
Free
masterclasses
Violin and Chamber Music Masterclass with Ani Kavafian
Internationally acclaimed violinist and pedagogue Ani Kavafian presents a masterclass for UCLA violin students and string chamber groups, followed by a performance with violinist Ida Kavafian of A Tale for Two Violins, composed by UCLA alumnus Kristapor Najarian, with violinist Ida Kavafian.
Ensemble Room – Room 110A – Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center

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