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Contempo Flux Fall 2014 Chamber Music Concert

December 4th, 2014 · 3 Comments

The UCLA contemporary chamber music ensemble, Contempo Flux, would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy the Department of Music’s contemporary music ensemble, Contempo Flux, in a program of music by Charles Ives, George Crumb, Robert Erickson, and Stephen Hartke. Admission is free.


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Music Alum Angel Blue Performs in “La Bohème”

November 6th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Music voice alumna Angel Blue has released a debut album “Joy Alone” on Opus Arte and is currently starring as Mimi in the London Coliseum’s production of La Bohème through November 20.

Read about Angel and her London appearances and album HERE.

More information about the English National Opera’s production of La Bohème HERE.

Photos from ENO production of La Bohème below courtesy of the English National Opera

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Two UCLA Alumni Selected as Finalists for Prestigious Warner Music Prize

November 4th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Professor Juliana Gondek has shared the following good news with us today:

Two graduates of UCLA’s prestigious Voice and Opera Studies degree program, mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell (MM Voice Performance) and bass-baritone Evan Hughes (BA Voice Performance), have been nominated for the first “Warner Music Prize,” which includes a $100,000 cash prize, a Carnegie Hall recital, and a recording offer from Warner Classics. Peabody, Evan, and 14 additional vocalists and instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 35 have been selected by a jury of music professionals for consideration for this award.

Read about it HERE.

Evan Hughes performs in premiere of Ian Krouse opera “Lorca, Child of the Moon.”

Peabody Southwell performs in Opera Gala at UCLA

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UCLA Music Professor Mark Carlson Premieres New Work November 4

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

We have heard from Professor Carlson that his newest piece, The Stargazer, for flute, cello, and piano, will be premiered by Chamber Music Palisades on Tuesday, November 4, at 8:00 pm, at

St. Matthew’s Parish
1031 Bienveneda Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Susan Greenberg, flute, Peter Myers, cello, and Delores Stevens, cello.

Students with current ID are FREE! General admission is $30.

Here’s the program information:

And here’s the ticket information:

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The Loren L. Zachary Society To Honor Professor Vladimir Chernov at Viennese Luncheon

October 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Music Performance Graduates Win Orchestral Posts

September 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments

We have received the following great news on some of our performance graduates, proving that there is demand out there for talented and dedicated musicians!

• Sara Marsh (MM ’12, clarinet — now Sarah Canning) has just been named principal clarinet of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, an excellent American regional orchestra.

• Fernando de la Fuente (BA ’14, string bass) has just been named principal bass of the Chicago Civic Symphony, a Chicago Symphony-affiliated ensemble which is one of the top training orchestras in the country.

• Joey Muñoz (trombone), who completed his MM and DMA (fall, 2013) with us, is also a member of the Tucson Symphony.

• Ray Nowak, who earned his MM at UCLA in the late 1990’s, is in the trumpet section of the San Diego Symphony.

Congratulations to all of you — you’re making us proud!


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Ethnomusicology Guitar Student Robert “Chili” Corder Wins 2nd Place in Guitar Competition

August 20th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We’ve heard from Robert (“everyone calls me Chili”) Corder about his recent trip to the Wilson Guitar Competition, where he won 2nd Place. He was sponsored by the School of Music’s Student Opportunity Fund.

He says, “I won second place in the jazz division of the 2nd annual Wilson Center Guitar competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was an all-ages, international guitar competition with 16 semi-finalists. My legal name is Robert but I’m known at UCLA and professionally as Chili Corder. I also just negotiated an endorsement deal with Hofner Guitars and I’ve attached a promotional headshot from the company.”

Congratulations, Chili!

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Professor Aubrey Foard Shares Notes From Brevard Music Center

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Music Department Professor has shared these notes and photos with us about his experience at the Brevard Music Center this summer.

“Earlier this week, I finished teaching and performing for three weeks at the Brevard Music Center. I was delighted to work with a fabulous group of earnest low brass students as well as perform as a member the Brevard Music Center Orchestra with my faculty colleagues. It was an inspiring experience and I was glad to represent UCLA in this endeavor.”

Photos below:
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#1, L to R: BMC Dean Cale Self, BMC Tuba Faculty Aubrey Foard, High School Tuba Student Mark Porter, BMC Education Director Emeritus Jamie Haffner, High School Tuba Student Harrison Brown, and College Tuba Student Hiroaki Iizumi

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#2, L to R: BMC Low Brass Faculty: University of Michigan Trombone Professor David Jackson, Lynn University Trombone Professor Dan Satterwhite, and UCLA Tuba Faculty Aubrey Foard

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Music Department Grad Amy Gillick takes Assistant Professor Post at Virginia Tech

July 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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The Music Department is pleased to announce that 2008 DMA grad Amy Gillick has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Bassoon at Virginia Tech, commencing Fall 2014. Amy earned her BA at Cal State Long Beach and her MM and DMA here at UCLA Congratulations to Amy on this prestigious move. More information can be found on the Virginia Tech website at:

Amy Gillick has had the inspiring opportunity to perform with many highly acclaimed artists, including Laurendo Almeida, Christopher Parkening, Joseph Kalichstein, and Robert Levin.

She has been a member of such orchestras as the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Monica Symphony, and the Pasadena Symphony.

As a soloist she has played with the Moorpark Symphony and the Bakersfield Symphony.

Her personal website is:!resum/c20r4

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Music Department Professor Antonio Lysy Returns to Incontri in Terra Summer Festival

June 27th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Professor Antonio Lysy is delighted to welcome UCLA’s own string quartet, Camarades, to their residency at the annual summer music festival he produces each summer in Tuscany, Incontri in Terra di Siena. This festival was started in 1988 at La Foce, the home of Lysy’s grandparents, and during the month of July each year spreads out into the areas piazzas and churches. A great Wall Street Journal article about the festival, written by Richard Holledge can be read at:


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UCLA Camarades at 2013 Incontri concert
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