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Most of our faculty are available for news media interviews by arrangement. Please contact Russell Kelban, Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing, for assistance. Our faculty are leaders in their fields and include a boundary-pushing medievalist, a leading scholar of the American musical, jazz legends, masters of traditional world music instruments, a punk scholar, in-demand composers and others who are fostering transformative critical thinking about music and musical practices. Other areas of expertise include:

  • African diaspora, critical race studies, social movements, nationalism, national anthem
  • Rap, hip-hop, jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul; pop music, rock n roll, Motown
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  • And more…
Gustavo Dudamel to Receive UCLA Medal in Ceremony at Schoenberg Hall
On May 7, LA Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel will receive the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor given to an individual of extraordinary accomplishment. The UCLA Medal will be presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in a ceremony at Schoenberg Hall at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. As part of
Ray Knapp Wins Distinguished Teaching Award
Ray Knapp, distinguished professor of musicology and humanities, has won the UCLA Faculty Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2023-24. Knapp is one of six faculty selected by the award committee from a large field of extraordinary nominees across the university. “Ray Knapp’s thirty-five year record of teaching excellence has been a defining constant in our
Ashley Dao Wins Campus-Wide Leadership Award
Musicology major Ashley Dao is one of three undergraduates who has won the student leadership award from the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is the first student from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to receive the award. But her biggest moment may have been born of failure. “We were coming
“Pass the Aux”: Amplifying the Voices of Tomorrow’s Music Industry Innovators and Creative Thinkers
A new wave of talent is here, and they want you to hear them.  “Pass the Aux” is the second-annual live presentation of capstone projects by students in the music industry program at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. A line-up of twenty-five students will perform, speak, showcase short films and make multimedia presentations
Mariachi de Uclatlán on CNN En Español
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s mariachi ensemble has been operating for over sixty years, and is the first ensemble of its kind in an American university. CNN En Español profiled our iconic Mariachi group, which has been making music for over sixty years at America’s number one public university.
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.

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Please join Alexander Boldachev in recital on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 6:00 PM in the Ensemble Room of the Ostin Music Center.
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Join harpist and composer Alexander Boldachev for an intimate evening of music. This recital is part of a multi-date residency where Alexander will be working with composition students to develop new and innovative pieces for the harp.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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JACOB COLLIER, Five-time Grammy Award-winner, will lead a masterclass for UCLA students and faculty on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 7:30 P.M. AT SCHOENBERG HALL.
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The event is for UCLA STUDENTS AND FACULTY ONLY. You must have your Bruincard for entry. Seating is first come, first served.
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The event will be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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Recognized by audiences, critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the most gifted young artists of modern times, 29-year-old Jacob Collier became the first British act in history to win a Grammy Award for each of his first four albums. His roster of collaborators is astoundingly varied and vibrant, recording and performing with UK music icons like Coldplay and Stormzy, American superstars such as SZA, Alicia Keys and John Mayer, to Malian singer Oumou Sangaré and Moroccan Gnawa mâalem Hamid El Kasri.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join the UCLA Wind Ensemble for their first concert of the new year on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 8:00 PM in Schoenberg Hall.
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We are pleased to welcome back Travis Cross, the Director of Bands, from sabbatical to conduct the evening's program.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join us for a concert celebrating the groundbreaking music of Anne LeBaron on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 7:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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Anne LeBaron has been called "unusually inventive" by the New Yorker and "visionary" by the LA Times. This portrait concert will feature world premieres and rarely performed works, with Anne LeBaron performing on harp. The program, encapsulating four decades of pioneering music, will be followed by an enlightening talkback and reception.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join Kanaka Maoli for a lecture on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 1:00 PM in the Music Library Seminar Room.
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Kanaka Maoli, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis will give a lecture entitled "Reggae Relations: Black and Indigenous Confluences in Hawai’i". She will be talking about the general trends in Hawai‘i’s music industry and the career of a Black Jamaican reggae artist who has been active in Hawai‘i since around 1980.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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School of Music Alumni: You’re invited!
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Please join us at the Alumni Lounge on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 starting at 3:00 pm. Catch up with your old friends and enjoy the 2024 All-Star Concert!
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The lounge will open an hour before the concert and during intermission. RSVP at Alumni@schoolofmuisc.ucla.edu if interested. See you there!
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Please join David Ciemny for a talk about the music industry on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, AT 12:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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David Ciemny has appeared on MTV, made the top 10 charts, and opened for Metallica. He has managed tours for the likes of Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, and Lifehouse, to name a few. Join us to listen to his story, tips, and ideas to help aid in your your exposure to industry contacts, opportunities, and jobs and walk away inspired, motivated and with tangible action items you can implement will cost you nothing. Q&A and mixer to follow.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #MusicIndustry #LeveledUp
Please join us for the 19th annual UCLA Philharmonia All-Star Concert on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, AT 4:00 PM in Schoenberg Hall! 
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Each year, the All-Star competition provides Music Department students with the opportunity to audition for the privilege of performing as soloists with the UCLA Philharmonia, the school's flagship orchestra. Join us in Schoenberg Hall this year for the 19th Annual All-Star Concert featuring the winners of Fall 2023's All-Star Competition.
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School of Music Alumni: you're invited to our Alumni Lounge during this event! The lounge will be open an hour before the concert and during intermission. RSVP at Alumni@schoolofmuisc.ucla.edu if interested.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #philharmonia #classicalmusic
Please join us for our World Music Center Distinguished Scholar Series on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, at 10:00 AM over Zoom.
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A lecture by Dr. Patricia A. Opondo of University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Dr. Opondo will be giving a talk titled "Transformative Pedagogy in South African Tertiary Education Contexts". Her talk explores the integration of indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies into the transmission process, aiming to enhance the authenticity and effectiveness of the educational experience.
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More information & Zoom registration link in bio 
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Please join David Ciemny for a talk about the music industry on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, AT 12:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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David Ciemny has appeared on MTV, made the top 10 charts, and opened for Metallica. He has managed tours for the likes of Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, and Lifehouse, to name a few. Join us to listen to his story, tips, and ideas to help aid in your your exposure to industry contacts, opportunities, and jobs and walk away inspired, motivated and with tangible action items you can implement will cost you nothing. Q&A and mixer to follow.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #MusicIndustry #LeveledUp
Please join us in celebrating the conclusion of New Thread Saxophone Quartet's residency with a concert on TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, AT 8:00 PM in the Ensemble Room of Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center.
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New York-based ensemble New Thread Saxophone Quartet will be visiting UCLA for a three-day residency (1/28-30). This multi-disciplinary engagement will include a reading session of student compositions, a masterclass with Prof. Jan Berry Baker's saxophone studio, and a workshop on New Music entrepreneurship, culminating in a concert of contemporary works featuring works by UCLA students and faculty.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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As a part of the Annual Robert U. Nelson Lecture and the "Reconsidering Music, Technology, and Gender" Symposium, we welcome Angélica Negrón as our guest speaker.
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Angélica Negrón is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist. Commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, NY Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, and Roomful of Teeth, she writes music for voices, orchestras, and film as well as robots, toys, and plants. Angélica is known for playing with the unexpected intersection of classical and electronic music, unusual instruments, and found sounds. Through her music, she looks for ways to incorporate her love of drag, comedy, and the natural world into her work.
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Please join Angélica Negrón on SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, at 5:30 PM in Lani Hall for her lecture, as we dive deeper into the intersection of music, technology, and gender.
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More information & RSVP link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #technology #musicology #gender #genderstudies #intersection
Punk musician/scholar Jessica Schwartz in collaboration with saxophonist Jan Baker, composer/sound artist Adam Mirza, and punk all-star musician and curator, Tequila Mockingbird present an interactive concert.
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Friday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.
Ensemble Room, Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert
Please join us for a symposium regarding music, technology, and gender on SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, at 8:30 AM in Lani Hall.
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"Reconsidering Music, Technology, and Gender" is a one-day symposium that seeks to revisit the many ways in which musicians and listeners use technology to create, challenge, subvert, and affirm. This symposium calls for new and renewed perspectives on the intersections of music, technology, and gender, enlivened attention to contemporary contexts and practices of music making, and un- or under-told counterhistories of celebrations and governances of gender in musical life.
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More information & RSVP link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #technology #musicology #gender #genderstudies #intersection
Please join violinist Axel Strauss for a masterclass on FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, at 3:00 PM in the Band Room (1345).
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Violinst and educator Axel Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. He now frequently performs at various music festivals in the US and abroad. Mr. Strauss is currently the Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #violin #masterclass
Please join pianist Pedja Mužijević for a master class on THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, AT 6:30 PM in Lani Hall.
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Pianist and curator Pedja Mužijević has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with artists and ensembles. On top of his solo work, Pedja is the artistic administrator at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York and artistic advisor at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, where he curates concerts, as well as film shoots for dozens of musicians.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #piano #masterclass
Hosted by The Athena Foundation for the Arts, please join Professor of Piano Inna Faliks and her colleague violinist Roberto Cani in an evening of classical music on SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 at 4:00 PM in North Hollywood.
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Address: Community Auditorium, Church of Scientology of the Valley
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Website & ticketing information link in bio 
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Please join Levi Hammer for a talk on FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, at 4:00 PM in the Ensemble Room of Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center.
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Hosted by the Herb Alpert School of Music and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience, conductor and pianist Levi Hammer will spend the evening exploring the music of George Gershwin, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #gershwin #schoenberg #berg #webern
Please join trombonist Peter Steiner for a recital on MONDAY, JANUARY 22, at 8:00 PM in Lani Hall!
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Italian trombonist Peter Steiner’s playing has been described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound” and he is recognized around the world as “a new trombone star within his generation” who “plays with total control”. As a world-renowned soloist, his 2023/2024 season consists of the World Premiere of Kevin Day’s Double Concerto No. 2, performances of Ferdinand David’s Concertino, and Derek Bourgeois's Concerto.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #trombone #recital
Please join singer Ersi Arvizu and her band El Chicano for a lecture and concert on SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, AT 3:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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Ersi Arvisu is well-known as a singer who gained prominence as a member of the band El Chicano and for her contributions to the Chicano rock and Latin rock genres. She will be speaking with the audience from 3-5 p.m. and giving a concert at 8 p.m.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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Registration for the lecture and concert is encouraged. More information, link in bio 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #chicano #chicanorock #latinrock
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