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.

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 Philharmonic
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Jan Berry Baker
Professor of Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
James Bass
Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Choral Studies
John Buffett
Lecturer--Choral Studies, Voice
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
Director of Bands; Professor - Conducting
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe 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
Music Director of Opera UCLA, Lecturer
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Ben Hong
Lecturer - Cello Performance
David Kaplan
Inaugural Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance; Assistant Professor
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
William Kinderman
Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies, Professor
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Sarah Koo Freeman
Visiting Professor - Cello Performance
Jens Lindemann
Distinguished Professor of Trumpet
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
Distinguished Professor of Violin; Founder and Advisor, Armenian Music Program - Music Performance
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Benjamin Smolen
Lecturer - Flute Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Debut Album of Decoda, Featuring Faculty Catherine Gregory and David Kaplan, Reviewed
Decoda, the chamber music collective and affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, just released its first album. Recorded at Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana, the album explores the concept of revelry as “humanity’s universal need to connect through celebration.” It features a world premiere recording of Valerie Coleman alongside evocative works by Reza Vali and
Inna Faliks Discusses Her New Album on NPR's Morning Edition
Manuscripts Don’t Burn, the latest album by piano professor Inna Faliks, was inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, which she took with her when her family fled Ukraine, when it was part of the Soviet Union. The album’s title comes from a scene where Satan, disguised as one Professor Woland, grants Margarita a
Richard Danielpour’s Opera The Grand Hotel Tartarus Is Not Just Any Luxury Hotel
Opera UCLA to premiere this new opera May 17, 19, 21 & 23 at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA Grammy Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour found the inspiration he needed for his new opera in Las Vegas. It was mid-February of 2020 and he had been invited to give a series of lectures and masterclasses at
A Special Gift for Mother's Day
What are you getting your mother for Mother’s Day? A card, chocolates, flowers, perhaps a bottle of champagne? Well, what about endowing a scholarship in her name? This year, two alumnae of UCLA’s school of music had scholarships endowed in their names by their sons. Dana Gordon established the Diane K. Gordon Memorial Undergraduate and
Recording Bernstein's "Touches" on Bernstein's Piano
UCLA music composition student and pianist Sydney Wang boarded a plane bound for Indiana this past March. The destination: Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. The objective: record a 40-minute long album of Leonard Bernstein’s music on the composer’s own piano. Executive produced by Wang’s longtime collaborator Henry Thuss, an audio engineering student at Indiana
Regina Carter to Bring the Music and Culture of Lost Neighborhoods to UCLA Students
When Regina Carter was a young girl growing up in Detroit, her mother sometimes took her to work with her. As they drove to the elementary school where she taught, Carter’s mother pointed out the different neighborhoods. “This one is ‘Black Bottom,’ and this is ‘Paradise Valley,’” she would say, as Carter looked out the window.The only trouble was, these historic African American neighborhoods didn’t exist anymore. They had been destroyed to make way for the I-75.
May 23 Thu
8:00pm
Free
contemporary, opera
Richard Danielpour's New Opera The Grand Hotel Tartarus
Six guests appear at an ornate hotel with no idea how they got there. The gracious and aristocratic hotel manager, Mr. Lucian, promises to fulfill all their earthly desires if they remain. In this new opera by Richard Danielpour, the guests will have one night only to ponder a choice that will affect them for
Freud Playhouse
May 28 Tue
6:00pm
Free
classical, contemporary
Spring Woodwind Chamber Concert
Led by UCLA Woodwind Area Faculty, the Woodwind Chamber Ensemble course provides UCLA music students with the opportunity to prepare and present an intimate evening of small ensemble music featuring members of the woodwind family.   This event is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the
Lani Hall
May 28 Tue
7:00pm
Free
classical, contemporary
Collaborative Piano Spring Class Concert
Dr. James Lent leads his class of pianists in a varied concert featuring works for piano duet, piano duo, piano quartet, violin and piano, voice and piano, piano concertos, and other unique combinations. This event is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established
Ensemble Room: Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center

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