Katherine Syer
Adjunct Associate Professor, Music

Music and Musicology

Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Katherine Syer taught opera and theatre history/production, research methods, dramaturgy, and special topics courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she most recently also served as the director of Graduate Studies and Area Head for Theatre Studies. Dr. Syer’s work on Wagner’s creative development and legacy has been published in The Wagner JournalMusical Quarterly, Wagner and His World, and A Companion to Wagner’s ‘Parsifal.’ Her monograph Wagner’s Visions: Poetry, Politics, and the Psyche in the Operas through ‘Die Walküre’ appeared in 2014 (Boydell and Brewer). She has offered production-related presentations for the Wagner Societies in Northern California, New York, and Chicago, as well as at international scholarly conferences.

Syer’s professional work as a dramaturg includes a new production of Hänsel und Gretel for the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto, 2020). She also works as a dramaturg for spoken theatre, and was artistic advisor for Moisés Kaufman’s play 33 Variations, which reached Broadway in 2009. An active production researcher and opera critic, Syer currently focuses on the work of contemporary opera directors and designers, the thrust of her research as a Humboldt Fellow based in Munich and as visiting professor in Vienna (MUK, 2016-17).

Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Michael Dean
Professor, Voice Performance
Sumner Arano
Lecturer - Reed Making, Bassoon
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Wayne Shorter
Adjunct Professor; Star-Studded Tribute LA Phil (April 2020)
Jan N. Baker
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
David Kaplan
Assistant Professor - Piano Performance
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Piano Performance and Keyboard Area Head
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Frank Heuser
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Denis Bouriakov
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Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
James Newton
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Peter Kazaras
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Lou Anne Neill
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Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Rakefet Hak
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Che-Yen Chen
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Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Juliana Gondek
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Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Jens Lindemann
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Jocelyn Ho
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Vladimir Chernov
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Arturo O’Farrill
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