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.

Student Perspectives:<br />
Irina Bazik
Student Perspectives:
Irina Bazik

“I chose The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for an opportunity to work closely with Professor Inna Faliks (pictured right). I admire her artistry and feel fortunate for the years we spent together. I am also  grateful that every single class I took during my studies at UCLA made me a better artist and scholar.” – Irina Bazik DMA ’21 | Music Performance

National Endowment for the Arts Grant Supports New Opera at UCLA
A new opera by an alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music – world premiering at UCLA’s Little Theater this month – has received substantial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hailed by Opera News as “haunting and beautiful,” Polymnia tells the story of a Greek woman whose family is expelled from their home by
Angel Blue's Homecoming
Angel Blue hadn’t performed in Los Angeles for 15 years. A southern California native and alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music graduate vocal program, Blue has spent the intervening time headlining opera’s biggest stages. In November 2022, she returned home. Her first stop was singing Tosca with the Los Angeles Opera. Her next: performing the inaugural Judith L. Smith voice recital at Schoenberg Hall.
Opera Star Angel Blue Returns to Her Alma Mater Nov. 21-22
Opera superstar Angel Blue will perform a recital on Monday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Schoenberg Hall. The next day, she will conduct a masterclass – also free and open to the public – instructing opera students at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Blue, who was nominated for a Grammy last week,
2023 Grammy Nominees from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The 2023 Grammy nominations have been announced, and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music faculty and alumni are well represented.
Honoring Kurtág
It was 2004 and Movses Pogossian was preparing the legendary Hungarian composer György Kurtág’s famously intricate Kafka Fragments with soprano Tony Arnold. On a whim, they contacted the composer to see if he might consider rehearsing with them. To their surprise, Kurtág invited them to Budapest to participate in a four-day masterclass. “We knew he
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

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