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Musicology – Research Focus: 19th century American musical entertainment in resonance with contemporary cultural and scientific formations of race, sex, and gender
James Ace
James Ace is a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Musicology, having previously earned a Master’s degree in Music History and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park (2017), and a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from Florida State University (2015). His primary research looks at American musical entertainment of the mid-late nineteenth century in resonance with
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Ethnomusicology – PhD Candidate, Instructor of Armenian Music Ensemble
Armen Adamian
Armen Adamian is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. His research investigates the politics of music making among Armenians and the involvement of musical and choreographic discourses in the production of geopolitical and national narratives. Alongside his academic studies, Armen practices duduk and leads an Armenian folk ensemble in Los Angeles. He received his MA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA,
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Cultural aesthetics and transmission in popular music in Tanzania
Lucas Avidan
Lucas Avidan holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and English from Middlebury College, and is currently a master’s student in the Department of Ethnomusicology. His research discusses cultural aesthetics and transmission in popular music in Tanzania. Specifically, he is interested in the movement of cultural ideas throughout the Indian Ocean and how these historical movement patterns influence music being created
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UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate
Desiree Balfour
Desiree Balfour is currently pursuing her D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. A native of southern California, she received the Most Outstanding Student Award in Music Education while completing her music education degree from the CSU-Northridge. While completing her Master’s degree in Music from the internationally recognized Choral Conducting program housed each summer at
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DMA Music Performance, Piano candidate
Irina Bazik
Irina Bazik is currently pursuing a DMA degree in piano performance at UCLA under Inna Faliks. The Serbian-born Bazik was recognized as one of the most successful Serbian artists in the United States when she was nominated for an award by Tesla’s People Foundation in the “Up and Coming” category for her 2015 album “Encore.” She has won first prizes
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Musicology – Research Focus: early modern sound-making automata, instrument making and pedagogy, and animal collection addressing the tenuous boundaries that separate humans, animals, and machines
Patrick Bonczyk
Patrick Bonczyk is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Musicology and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Early Modern Studies from UCLA’s Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. He studies early modern androids and keyboards, instrument making and pedagogy, and animal collection addressing the tenuous boundaries that separate humans, animals, and machines. Patrick has presented papers at conferences of
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UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate
Ryan Brown
Ryan R. Brown is a conductor and baritone. In Addition to serving as a Teaching Associate for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Brown is the High School Choral Director at California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley and Music Director for the Arroyo Singers. Previously, Brown served as an Associate Conductor for the National Children’s Chorus, Artistic
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Musicology – Research Focus: American orchestras, musical hierarchies, and the cultural and political aspects of musical communities
Kerry Brunson
Kerry Brunson is a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Musicology. She received a BM in Saxophone Performance from Kennesaw State University and an MA in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach with a thesis titled “Mass Classical: America, Accessibility, and the Atlanta School of Composers.” Her research interests center on American orchestras, musical hierarchies, and the cultural and
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Musicology – Research Focus: Nostalgia and cultural memory in rock music from the late 1960s and early 1970s
Caitlin Carlos
Caitlin Carlos is a PhD candidate in musicology at UCLA.  She received her M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Southern California in 2014.  She also earned an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands in 2011 and a Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Chapman University in 2009. She is a recipient of the
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Composition – Writes music for ensembles ranging from chamber to orchestral, vocal, and electroacoustic
Anthony Constantino
Born (1995) and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Anthony Constantino’s music has been hailed by The New York Times as “plush, cinematic, and animated.” Anthony has written for a variety of ensembles ranging from chamber to orchestral, vocal, and electroacoustic. His music has received numerous accolades and has been performed in prestigious venues, schools, and summer festivals internationally and within the
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Music Performance Jazz, Piano
Paul Cornish
Paul Cornish, piano, was born in Houston, Texas and began playing piano at age 5. He attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, where he received the Moran Scholarship Award, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California. Cornish participated in the Jazz Gallery Mentorship Series and the Banff Residency
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Musicology – Research Focus: Influence of musical instruments on the creation and reception of music
Sarah Davachi
Sarah Davachi holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral student in musicology at UCLA. Her primary research focuses on aspects of experimentalism, organology, phenomenology and hermeneutics, and archival study. She is particularly interested in articulating the influence of
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Music Performance Jazz, Bass
Emma Dayhuff
Emma Dayhuff, bass, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and grew up in Bozeman, Montana. She began playing upright bass at age 13. In 2005, Dayhuff was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to attend the jazz program at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. There, she studied with Peter Dominguez, Eddie Gomez, and Billy Hart. After graduation, Dayhuff moved to Chicago, where she performed
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Musicology – Research Focus: The interplay between Black vernacular music, popular and socio-political culture
Wade Dean
Wade F. Dean is a Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellow and PhD candidate in the department of Musicology at the University of California Los Angeles. His work explores the interplay between Black vernacular music, popular and socio-political culture. Dean is completing a dissertation that analyzes mid-twentieth century live soul performances and their role in realizing, describing, and enacting alternative socio-political
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Music Performance Jazz, Harmonica
Roni Eytan
Roni Eytan, harmonica, was born in Jerusalem, Israel and attended the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He received a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Adam Cruz and Julian Lage and performed with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. In 2013, Eytan was selected to participate in the Betty Carter
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Musicology – Research Focus: Materiality and performance practice in post-1980 punk, indie and art rock
Erin Fitzpatrick
Erin Fitzpatrick, a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Musicology, previously earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Culture from Bowdoin College in 2015. A New Jersey native with the Springsteen-style Telecaster to prove it, Erin’s primary research concerns the interactions between (electric) guitars, “gear,” gender, and bodies, with specific interest in exploring questions of materiality and performance
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Musicology – Research Focus: Ontological issues in American popular music
Alex Hallenbeck
Alex is a Ph.D. student in musicology at UCLA, having previously received an MA in musicology from Indiana University in 2016 and a BA in music from Cornell University in 2013. His research focuses broadly on ontological issues in American popular music, especially those surrounding transcription, but he has also presented research on the gendered discourse of Charles Ives and
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Migration, Aging, and Identity in South Korean Popular Music
John Hyun-Jun Jang
John is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. His research area is on the contemporary South Korean popular song style “trot” and its partner dance scene. His theoretical interests include nationality and ethnicity, migration, leisure, gender, aging, voice, body, and postcolonialism. John received his BMus/BSc conjoint degree in clarinet and computer science and M.A. in
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Gender, Music, South Asia, Folk Songs, Caste
Mukesh Kulriya
Mukesh Kulriya entered the Ph.D. program in Ethnomusicology in Fall of 2018, having previously received an M.Phil in Theater and Performance Studies and a Master’s degree in Arts and Aesthetics, both from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Mukesh’s research focuses on the intersection of music and religion in South Asia in the context of gender and caste. His Ph.D. research
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Ethnomusicology
Samuel Lamontagne
Samuel Lamontagne is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Ethnomusicology. He entered the program with a master in anthropology from EHESS-Paris. Since 2012 he has been researching the Los Angeles music scenes and their histories. Focusing on the overlaps between electronic dance music and hip-hop he has questioned how race, space and music have taken part in constructions of
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Composition – Mahlerian Romanticism, Eastern-European Modernism, and Japanese traditional music
Mason Swan Lewis
Mason Swan Lewis is an American composer and pianist. Residing in Manhattan Beach, California, he currently attends the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as a doctoral candidate, having also received his B.A. and M.A. in Composition from UCLA. His primary composition professors have included Richard Danielpour, Adam Schoenberg, Sean Friar, Ian Krouse, and Bruce Broughton. As a composer, Lewis
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Music Performance Jazz, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis, tenor saxophone, was born in Uniondale, New York and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He began studying saxophone at age nine. Lewis received a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University, where he studied with Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield and Ben Schachter. He has recorded with the Temple University Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra. Lewis has
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Music Performance Jazz, Trumpet
Aidan Lombard
Aidan Lombard, trumpet, was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Chicago. He began playing trumpet at age 10. Lombard attended the University of Miami as a Stamps Scholar and received a Bachelor of Music degree. He later received his master’s degree from the Berklee College of Music, where he performed with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Lombard has
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Musicology – Research Focus: Northern Arizona punk scene in Flagstaff in the 1980's and 1990's
Kristen Martinez
Kristen Martinez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Musicology. She received her Master’s in American Indian Studies at UCLA, as well as her Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Comparative Religions. She is Chicanx and a Yaqui (Yoeme) direct descendant from Sonora, Mexico, and has grown up in the San Gabriel Valley. She is heavily involved in the punk scene as a
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Ethnomusicology
William Matczynski
William Matczynski is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ethnomusicology whose dissertation research focuses on festivals, sound/urban space, and media in Accra, Ghana—specifically in the city’s traditional Ga-Dangme communities along the Atlantic coast. Centering on the annual Ga Homowo Festival, his dissertation project interrogates how festivals provide a unique frame for action by a constellation of local and state
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UCLA Master of Music Candidate, Choral Conducting
Jack McHugh
Jack McHugh is a Master’s student pursuing his degree in Choral Conducting at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Originally from New Jersey, Jack completed his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in Choral and Instrumental Music Education. Since, he has taught music domestically and internationally, at Dulwich College Shanghai, and most recently as the Department Head at
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Chicanx and Latinx Protest Music, Decolonization, Mestizaje, Immigration and Diaspora, Critical Intersectionality, DIY (do-it-yourself) Punk as Organizational Method
Lorali Mossaver-Rahmani
Lorali is a graduate student in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. She completed her B.S. in Anthropology with a minor in music from the University of La Verne in 2019. During her time at La Verne she studied abroad at the University of Chile where her research focused on issues of Indigenous education and equity in Chile’s Indigenous Mapuche community. Her current
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UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate
Mark Myers
Mark Myers is currently pursuing his DMA in Choral Conducting at the Herb Alpert School of Music. A native of Northeastern Indiana, he arrived at UCLA after many years as a choral music educator and freelance musician in the Chicago area. For 12 years, Mark taught choral music and music theory at Waubonsie Valley High School, serving an extremely diverse
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: music and language; semiotic anthropology; analogical reasoning; media practice/infrastructure, cities, and Englishes in the Balkans
Max Nikol
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: contemporary Western art music, cultural anthropology, hermeneutics, cultural production, aesthetics and musical ontologies
Alec Norkey
Alec Norkey is currently a second-year PhD student in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. After receiving his BM degree from Hope College in Violin Performance and Chemistry, Alec completed MM degrees in both Violin Performance and Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. His ethnomusicology master’s thesis explored issues of postcolonialism, intersectional feminism, vocality, Japanese popular music, Japanese area
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Composition - Composer and sound designer at the WACO Theater Center in Hollywood
Marcus Norris
Composer and producer Marcus Norris was called a “New Musical Talent in our Midst” by Chicago’s N’digo Magazine in response to his “When Composer’s Lose Composure” concert. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Composition at Columbia College Chicago and subsequently earned his Master of Music in Composition at Florida International University. He expects to earn his Ph.D. in Music
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Composition – Contemporary concert music
Shahāb Pāranj
Shahāb Pāranj is an Iranian-born contemporary concert music composer and instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. Recent commissions include works for ensembles such as the Aleron Trio, San Francisco New Music Ensemble, Sopra Duo, MSM Symphony Orchestra, International Low Brass Trio and Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble. He wrote the original score for the feature-length film Dressage, which received a special mention
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Instructor, Beginning Keyboard--Summer Session
Sanaz Rezai
Sanaz Rezai was born in Tehran, Iran, and began studying piano in Vienna, Austria, at the age of seven. By the age of ten, she competed at the international level where she was awarded numerous prizes. After immigrating to the United States, Dr. Rezai completed her Bachelor of Science in Piano Performance at California State University, Fullerton, graduating cum laude
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Instructor, Beginning Voice--Summer Session A
Terri Richter
Terri Richter is a Los Angeles-based professional singer, an educator, and a scholar. She regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras, opera companies, new music and early music ensembles throughout the U.S., most recently with Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Pacific Musicworks, Nashville Symphony, Apollo’s Fire Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, and Nashville’s Music City
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Indigenous ethnomusicology, music as resistance, Pacific Islands, gender, multiculturalism
Delaney Ross
Born and raised in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Delaney is currently a second year in UCLA’s graduate department in Ethnomusicology. After completing her B.A. in Ethnomusicology at Barnard College of Columbia University, Delaney received her M.S. in Education from the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include contemporary cultural identities of Pacific Islanders, including issues of
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Traditional and popular musics of the Middle East and Central Asia
Mehrenegar Rostami
Mehrenegar Rostami is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnomusicology and a specialist in traditional and popular musics of the Middle East and Central Asia. Her dissertation examines modern manifestations of the Silk Road phenomenon and the ways in which this phenomenon has influenced the formation of world music festivals in the age of neoliberal capitalism. She has conducted
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Ethnomusicology
Simone Salmon
Simone Salmon is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. She received her bachelor’s degree in music with concentrations in music theory and harp performance from UCLA (2011) and her master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Oxford (2014). She specializes in Sephardic Jewish music from the late-Ottoman Empire and has published in 100 Years of Sephardic Los Angeles
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Music Performance Jazz, Alto Saxophone
Lenard Simpson
Lenard Simpson, alto saxophone, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and began playing the saxophone at age 11. While in high school, he was selected to participate in the GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session. Simpson received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. After graduation, he moved to Chicago, where he performed with Brian Lynch, Robert Irving III, and
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Musicology – Research Focus: Development of weaponized music and sonic environments over the 20th and 21st centuries
Danielle Stein
Danielle Stein is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Musicology at UCLA, where she has co-coordinated the Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series and served as Managing Editor of ECHO: A Music Centered Journal. She holds a M.A. in Musicology from UCLA, a M.M. in Voice Performance and Opera Studies from California State University Northridge, and a B.M. in Voice Performance
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Ethnomusicology
Dexter Story
Ethnomusicology Ph.D. student and Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow Dexter Story is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer based in Los Angeles. He has worked in multiple facets of the music industry, from marketing at Priority and Def Jam Records to talent buyer at the legendary LA venue Temple Bar. With an M.A. in African Studies and two recent East Africa-influenced
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Traditional and popular musics of Indonesia
Otto Stuparitz
Otto Stuparitz researches the traditional and popular musics of Indonesia, examining how musical communities grapple with the overlapping meanings of local musics circulating globally and global musics made local. His academic work has explored recording studio aesthetics and Balinese gamelan gong kebyar pedagogies related to time, economics, and value. In his dissertation, he investigates the history and contemporary practice of Indonesian jazz, by
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Ethnomusicology
Tingting Tang
Born in Yunnan, the only Chinese province with 25 different ethnic minority groups, Tingting came to UCLA with a deep understanding of the history, traditions, and challenges in Chinese ethnology and ethnomusicology studies. Having completed an intensive six-year field study at the foothills of the Himalayas, Tingting collected her findings into her first book: Initial Studies on Naxi Folk Songs
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Music Performance Jazz, Drums
Malachi Whitson
Malachi Whitson, drums, was born in Richmond, California and began playing drums at age 7. He received awards for his musicianship from the Stanford Jazz Workshop, San Jose Jazz Workshop and Folsom Jazz Festival while in high school. Whitson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific and a Master of Fine
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Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Acoustemology of environmental conservation, gibbon song, multispecies ethnomusicology
Tyler Yamin
Tyler Yamin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnomusicology. His dissertation project, a multispecies ethnography of gibbon conservation, brings together insights from sound studies, political ontology, and the environmental humanities to examine the ways in which sound—sometimes materially, sometimes metaphorically—suffuses the practical, ethical, and political dimensions of a project designed to prevent the extinction of severely threatened arboreal
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Ethnomusicology
Wan Yeung
After receiving his B.M. degree in guitar performance from the University of California, Irvine, Wan Yeung completed his M.A. degree in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, where he researched Cantonese operatic songs and naamyam narrative singing in Hong Kong. He is currently supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant to conduct dissertation fieldwork in Hong Kong , looking at the sustainability of Cantonese
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