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  • And more…
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to offer bachelor of music in music performance
The B.M. degree replaces a concentration in performance that was offered under the previous bachelor of arts degree in music and will help position graduates to be more competitive for graduate programs and performance careers.
Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard named first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies
Terence Blanchard is a six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator who in 2019 received an Oscar nomination for best original score for Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” The chair was established to honor Burrell, a legendary jazz guitarist and composer, for his 20 years (from 1996 to 2016) as founder and director of jazz studies at UCLA.
Grammy winner, jazz advocate Arturo O’Farrill joins UCLA music faculty
Arturo O’Farrill, a six-time Grammy-winning pianist, composer and music educator, has been appointed professor of global jazz studies and music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. His teaching will focus on performance and composition and on redefining the perimeters of Latin jazz.
Beethoven expert and esteemed pianist William Kinderman joins music faculty
William Kinderman, a formidable concert pianist, chamber musician and an international authority on the music and creative process of Ludwig van Beethoven, has been named inaugural holder of the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies and professor of music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Elisabeth LeGuin receives American Musicological Society's highest honor
Elisabeth Le Guin, a professor of musicology and director of graduate studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, won the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award for her book, “The Tonadilla in Performance: Lyric Comedy in Enlightenment Spain” (University of California Press, 2013). The award, which is the society’s highest honor, is given “for a
Eileen Strempel named new dean of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Eileen Strempel, opera singer and professor of voice in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, has been named inaugural dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, effective July 8.