Music Performance

Master of Music / DMA

Music
Illuminated

Graduate music performance in the UCLA Department of Music combines intensive individual applied study and ensemble collaboration with courses designed to illuminate musical context and stimulate creativity, curiosity, and interpretation. Students pursuing the Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degrees learn from master artist-teachers, dynamic ensemble directors and chamber music coaches, and scholars dedicated to informed and relevant performance of Western classical music. The D.M.A. program, in particular, is intentionally small and designed for students with outstanding performance ability, extraordinary intellectual curiosity, and a well-articulated musical research agenda. All this happens within the multi-disciplinary community of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the academic energy of America’s premier public research university, and the excitement of one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cultural capitals.

Music Performance Faculty

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David Kaplan
Lecturer - Piano Performance
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor - Voice Performance and Voice Area Head
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Sumner Arano
Lecturer - Reed Making, Bassoon
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Michael Dean
Professor - Voice Performance
Peter Kazaras
Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Gary Gray
Professor Emeritus - Clarinet Performance
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
Inna Faliks
Professor - Piano Performance and Keyboard Area Head
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
Vladimir Chernov
Professor - Voice Performance
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Douglas Masek
Adjunct Professor - Saxophone Performance and Woodwinds Area Head
James Darrah
Lecturer - Stagecraft
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.
2019-20 ALL-STAR COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The school of music announces 11 student winners of the 2020 UCLA All-Star Competition, which annually provides music students with the opportunity to perform as soloists with the UCLA Philharmonia in Royce Hall.
‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band to perform at Royce Hall - Daily Bruin
The country’s oldest continuously active professional music organization takes the stage at Royce Hall on Wednesday evening.
‘Social Art Project’ aims to inspire crowd participation at Fowler Out Loud concert - Daily Bruin
Members of “Social Art Project,” composed of UCLA students and alumni, hope to use music and collective participation to foster community through audience participation.

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