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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Peter Kazaras
Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
Jan Berry Baker
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Cheryl Lin Fielding
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Sumner Arano
Lecturer - Reed Making, Bassoon
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Vladimir Chernov
Professor - Voice Performance
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Piano Performance and Keyboard Area Head
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
David Kaplan
Assistant Professor - Piano Performance
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Michael Dean
Professor, Voice Performance
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
School of Music Welcomes New Faculty
This fall, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will welcome Jan Berry Baker, David Kaplan and Catherine Provenzano to its stellar roster of faculty.
School of Music's Spring 2020 Percussion Ensemble Performance
The UCLA Percussion Ensemble collaborated to develop a performance using household items, aptly titled “Scavenger Music” by Christopher Deane. Students used a variety of objects to create percussion sounds such as tissue boxes, pots, bottles and kitchen utensils.
Pete Townshend of The Who and Rachel Fuller give to UCLA for scholarships, concerts
$100,000 gift will support Herb Alpert School of Music cello students and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance
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.
UCLA receives Stradivarius, Seraphin violins from Twiford Foundation
Donated collection of rare instruments valued at nearly $3.5 million, will enhance opportunities for music students
UCLA VEM Ensemble Featured in Newly Released CD of Armenian Music
The UCLA Armenian Music Program celebrates the official release of “Modulation Necklace,” a new CD of Armenian Music, by the Naxos-distributed label, New Focus Recordings.

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