Nick DePinna
Lecturer--Introduction to Musicianship, Music

As a composer and producer of both concert and commercial music, Nick DePinna’s output is wildly diverse. His creative concert works are performed with increasing regularity across the United States, while at the same time his music for visual media can be heard frequently on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ESPN, A&E, National Geographic WILD, VH-1, Hallmark, CMT, and Disney+.

His arrangements, orchestrations, and transcriptions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Riverside Symphonia, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, MUSE/IQUE, the MESTO Orchestra, the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters, the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, and have been recorded for many albums and film scores.

His 2019 debut EP of progressive big band music, Nexus Music, Vol. 1 (Orenda Records), was met with critical acclaim for both DePinna as a “splendid writer and arranger with an advanced point of view,” as well the “yeomanlike work of his excellent ensemble” (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz). Most recently, his commercial big band music was featured in Sony Interactive Entertainment’s 2022 video game, Gran Turismo 7.

Also a versatile trombonist, Nick has performed, toured, and/or recorded with a large variety of groups, including the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Kenny Burrell’s Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, the Billy Vaughn Orchestra, the Jon Jangtet, the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, the Mike Barone Big Band, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, the Long Beach Opera, and the Pasadena Pops. He has also recorded and/or performed with Dream Theater, Paloma Faith, Moses Sumney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Loggins, M83, Bobby Caldwell, Dianne Schuur, and The Temptations.

Nick is also co-founder of “L.A. Signal Lab,” a new-music collective focused on the intersection of notated and improvised music, as well as the culinary concert series, “Sensus.” He earned an M.A. in Music from UCLA where his mentors included James Newton, David Lefkowitz, Ian Krouse, Paul Chihara, and Kenny Burrell.

Mark Kligman
Professor of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Humanities Mickey Katz Chair of Jewish Music Director of Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
Roger Savage
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Melissa Bilal
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Mohsen Mohammadi
Director of Indo-Persian Music
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; Professor
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
Armen Adamian
Instructor of Armenian Music Ensemble
Lorry Black
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Katherine In–Young Lee
Associate Professor (On leave 2022-2023)
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor

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