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

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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Music Performance Graduates Win Orchestral Posts

September 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 · 4 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!

Chili Corder

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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 · 2 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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Donald Neuen Retires After 50 Years of Teaching With Triumphant Final Concert

June 9th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Last Saturday, June 7th, 1800 lucky people were privileged to see one of the most celebrated choral conductors in the world guide 224 singers, a full symphony orchestra, soloists and pianist, in an evening of choral works by Beethoven. Please read the article about Professor Neuen in the June 9, 2014 Daily Bruin.
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Photo of chorales, Philharmonia, and Soloists

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Professor Neuen salutes Professor Neal Stulberg after Choral Fantasia

Assistant Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Rebecca Lord, during presentation of award to Professor Neuen

All photos courtesy of Henry Lim

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Chancellor’s Residence Recital Series Winds Up for 2014

June 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mrs. Carol Block, hostess of the annual student recital series held at the Chancellor’s residence, has shared these photos of the last couple of concerts at the residence. In one, a Jazz Ensemble from the School of Music performed, and in another, Ethnomusicology’s Near East Ensemble performed.

Kiefer Shackelford, Nick Velez, Nate Schwartz, Nashir Janmohamed, Cody Dear, Ryan Nealon.

Jazz group with Mrs. Carol Block, center.

Near East Ensemble: Ryan Vig, Will Van Santen, Kavaldeep Singh, Julian Albinski-Euler, Casey Frye, Danielle Pocta, Krisna Mehta, Shiva Ranamurthi, Connor Vance, Mariam Kaddoura, Aditya Ganesh.



Near East Ensemble, guests, with Mrs. Carol Block

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Chancellor’s Residence Recitals–Updates and photos

April 7th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Mrs. Carol Block has kindly shared with us photos from three recent recitals at the residence, which she tell us were all fabulous.

Mrs. Block, center, with Heejin Jeon and Tim Rantung.

Mrs. Block with Rosalind Wong

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Reviews of New Beethoven CD release by Inna Faliks

April 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Music Department Professor Inna Faliks has shared a couple of recent reviews on her new Beethoven CD:

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Jerry Dubins

Ukrainian-born Inna Faliks is a pianist as brimful of ideas as she is endowed with talent. She draws a tone of deep sonority from her Yamaha piano, and one senses in her playing a technique of such reserves that she doesn’t even have to call on all of it for these works. That allows her to concentrate on matters of interpretation and communication, which, in the former case is penetrating, and in the latter, extraordinary.

I really like, too, the idea of mixing lesser known Beethoven works with more familiar ones; it makes for an interesting program, and in the case of the Fantasia, a fun one. Play it for your friends, while trying not to laugh, and watch their reactions.

Faliks has yet to become a major presence on record, but with this album and her above-mentioned Sound of Verse now out on a mainstream commercial label, I suspect that’s going to change. A wonderful release all around, and very strongly recommended.


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by Clelia Delponte

SACILE – A fierce performance; energetic, determined, and perfect for expressing the interior agitation of the Basso Ostinato by Rodion Schredrin, considered the successor of Shostakovich. This was the opening piece of the recent concert at the Fazioli Concert Hall. Inna Faliks takes command of the instrument, molding it in her unique, personal style that clearly has its origins in the Russian school and is fully capable of interpreting the Polonaise op. 89 (Composed during the Congress of Vienna, loved by the rulers of the period, and dedicated to Elizabeth of Russia) in a way that totally annihilates any accusation of frivolousness, revealing a new Beethoven.

The solidity of her technique and her sense of dynamics also exalt the tragedy and intensity of the “Appassionata”, so rich with its silences and arpeggios, forti, fortissimi, until she arrives at the final apotheosis. And then a seldom heard piece composed for Faliks by Lev ljova Zurbin, Sirota: two contrasting melodic ideas accompanying a historic recording, as was done in the post-war years by the avantgarde. In this case, it is a religious Jewish song, sung by the Polish singer Sirota for the Jewish New Year of 1908; a minimalist piece that Faliks imbues with interpretive intensity, making even more heart-rending the evocation of a lost time.

The pianist also moves securely through all of the varied colours of the Davidsbundlertanze, composed by Schumann, at a time when he was battling against the “bad taste and bad faith” of critics who had exalted opinions of Italian opera. Written under the alternating pseudonyms of Florestano and Eusebio, the piece was performed by Faliks with emphasis of harmonic adventure, and rich with dynamics and fantasy.

As an encore, she performed an explosive Campanella by Paganini-Liszt, and followed that with Tchaikovski’s “Barcarola”. Executed with a lulling and even timing, it showed the most delicate and moving tones.

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