National Endowment for the Arts Grant Supports New Opera at UCLA
A new opera by an alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music – world premiering at UCLA’s Little Theater this month – has received substantial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hailed by Opera News as “haunting and beautiful,” Polymnia tells the story of a Greek woman whose family is expelled from their home by
Angel Blue's Homecoming
Angel Blue hadn’t performed in Los Angeles for 15 years. A southern California native and alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music graduate vocal program, Blue has spent the intervening time headlining opera’s biggest stages. In November 2022, she returned home. Her first stop was singing Tosca with the Los Angeles Opera. Her next: performing the inaugural Judith L. Smith voice recital at Schoenberg Hall.
An Unconventional Genius: Martha Gonzalez (Ethnomusicology, 1999)
Martha Gonzalez has done it all. She completed a dissertation, won a Grammy, published a book, teaches at a top liberal arts college, and was awarded a 2022 MacArthur "genius" grant.
Opera Star Angel Blue Returns to Her Alma Mater Nov. 21-22
Opera superstar Angel Blue will perform a recital on Monday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Schoenberg Hall. The next day, she will conduct a masterclass – also free and open to the public – instructing opera students at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Blue, who was nominated for a Grammy last week,
2023 Grammy Nominees from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The 2023 Grammy nominations have been announced, and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music faculty and alumni are well represented.
UCLA Alumna Jana McIntyre to Perform at Bard Summerscape Festival
Jana McIntyre, an alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (class of 2014), will sing the role of Aminta with Bard Summerscape Festival at Bard College from July 22 through July 31.
Hancock Institute Alumni Discusses Education, Studying with Jazz Legends
The Greenfield Recorder interviews Miro Sprague of Downbeat Magazine’s 2002, 2003 and 2004 National Student Music Award and graduate of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA.
Composition Alumnus to Score ‘Lady and the Tramp’
Joseph Trapanese M.A. '08, known for composing the scores for such films as "The Greatest Showman" and the landmark rap biopic "Straight Outta Compton," will write the score for the live-action adaptation of "Lady and the Tramp."
Percussion Alumna Chosen for Prestigious Yamaha Internship Program
Yamaha Corporation of America named alumna Amanda Albini '19 (pictured right) to its renowned percussion instruments internship program. Albini was selected from a national pool of talented and accomplished applicants.