Music Performance

Bachelor of Music

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

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Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
David Kaplan
Lecturer - Piano Performance
James Darrah
Lecturer - Stagecraft
Gary Gray
Professor Emeritus - Clarinet Performance
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Piano Performance and Keyboard Area Head
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Sumner Arano
Lecturer - Reed Making, Bassoon
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Douglas Masek
Adjunct Professor - Saxophone Performance and Woodwinds Area Head
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
Michael Dean
Professor - Voice Performance
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor - Voice Performance and Voice Area Head
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Peter Kazaras
Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
Vladimir Chernov
Professor - Voice Performance
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
2020 Atwater Kent Piano Concerto Competition Winner Announced
The winner of the 2020 Atwater Kent Piano Concerto Competition, Pianist Brandon Zhu, will perform with UCLA Philharmonia on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8PM in Schoenberg Hall.
Finding a Path in L.A.'s Booming Music Industry
UCLA Pianist Gloria Cheng and three of the members of Cheng’s ensemble UCLA Flux are featured in this issue of San Francisco Classical Voice which discusses the vibrancy of Los Angeles contemporary music scene. 
‘Juana’: The feminist, nun, scholar, thinker, poet—and now an opera | Peoples World
Peoples World reviews Opera UCLA's 'Juana', highlighting the opera's primarily female production team, the contemporary but accessible and inviting score and libretto, and the cast's enchanting performances.
Feb 24 Mon
5:30pm
Free
classical
Oboe Studio Junior Recital
The oboe is a quintessential woodwind instrument and one of the most challenging of all instruments to perfect.
Lani Hall
Mar 11 Wed
8:00pm
Free
classical
UCLA Symphony
UCLA’s outstanding all-campus orchestra performs a program featuring harmonicist Roni Eytan of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. Bruno Bastos di Nascimento and Stephen Karr guest conduct.
Schoenberg Hall

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