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

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).  
All-Bruin Ensemble Brings Songs to the Moon to the Hammer Museum Aug. 7
Songs to the Moon, will be performed Sunday, August 7 at 4:00 p.m. at the UCLA Hammer Museum by an all-Bruin ensemble.
A Non-Stop Summer for the Director of Opera UCLA
Kazaras, distinguished professor and director of Opera UCLA, recently directed Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for the Seattle Opera.
UCLA Alumna Jana McIntyre to Perform at Bard Summerscape Festival
Jana McIntyre, an alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (class of 2014), will sing the role of Aminta with Bard Summerscape Festival at Bard College from July 22 through July 31.
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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