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
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
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
Terri Richter
Instructor, Beginning Voice--Summer Session A
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Celebrating William Kraft, Los Angeles New Music Legend
On Saturday, October 1, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will host a celebration of William Kraft. Kraft, who taught composition at UCLA in the 1980s after a thirty-year career in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was an indispensable feature of Los Angeles’s vibrant new music scene in the post-World War II era. “Bill was
In Memoriam Ron Logan
In the summer of 1961, Ron Logan traveled with the UCLA band for a tour of Europe. The senior trumpet major led a breakout jazz band that played for King Frederick of Denmark. In attendance as a special guest of the king was Walt Disney. It turned out to be an omen. Logan, who graduated
Bach in the Serra
By Fia Darroch, guest contributor On the evening of September 23, 2022, visitors to UCLA’s Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden will experience an unusual shift in atmosphere. Internationally renowned cellist Antonio Lysy will perform J.S. Bach’s six suites for solo cello inside a monolithic steel artwork sculpture by Richard Serra, the T.E.U.C.L.A. (Torqued Ellipse).  
Nov 21 Mon
8:00pm
Free
classical
Inaugural Judith L. Smith Voice Recital Featuring UCLA Alumna Soprano Angel Blue (M.M. '08)
Soprano Angel Joy Blue, M.M. '08, is the featured artist of the inaugural Judith L. Smith Voice Recital Series, celebrating talented vocalists and the distinguished tenure of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Founding Dean Judith Smith. Angel Blue made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2017 and returns to her alma mater for this special performance. Pianist Brain Zeger will accompany Angel. Angel and Brian will join us the following day as each will hold masterclasses for students of the Department of Music.
Schoenberg Hall

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