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Musicologist Cesar Favila joins School of Music as Assistant Professor

September 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Cesar Favila, Assistant Professor, Musicology

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Musicology is pleased to announce that Cesar Favila has joined the school as Assistant Professor. His fields of study include Latin American musics, Mexican music, early modern music, sacred music, and women’s music.

A California native, Favila did his undergraduate work at UC Davis and holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, where he wrote a dissertation that explored the musicking and lifeways of cloistered nuns in 17th– and 18th-century Mexico. He is currently working on a monograph, which will be the first to address Novohispanic women’s sacred music and its intersections with urban culture, gender, race, mysticism, and other fine arts. Favila has published in Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos and Musicology Now, and has a forthcoming article in the Journal of the Society for American Music.

“We are delighted to welcome Cesar into the department and school,” said Elisabeth Le Guin, chair of the Department of Musicology. “His research on Mexican convent life complements and expands Musicology’s existing specialties in a way we haven’t seen since the days of Robert Stevenson, who was on the UCLA musicology and music faculty from 1949-1987. It’s especially important for a music school based in Los Angeles to maintain and develop active connections with LatinX history and culture. We look forward to the lively historical and musical perspectives that Cesar will bring to students in our department and beyond.”

Favila’s work has been funded by the Academy of American Franciscan History, the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Program. In 2018, Favila was a Thoma Visiting Scholar in Latin American Colonial Art for a research residency at UT Austin’s LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections.

Favila also serves as a core faculty member of the UCLA Center for 17th– & 18th-Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. He is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Chicano Research Studies Center and is a member-at-large of the American Guild of Organists.

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Faculty Search: Leo M. and Elaine Krown Klein Endowed Chair in Performance Studies

August 31st, 2018 · No Comments

Position Description

The Department of Music in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is pleased to invite applications for a senior-level, tenured, professorial position as inaugural holder of the Leo M. and Elaine Krown Klein Endowed Chair in Performance Studies.

In 2014, longtime UCLA arts philanthropist Elaine Krown Klein made a $2 million gift to establish this chair in music performance studies in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Department of Music to honor her late husband, Leo M. Klein.

This permanent endowed chair — the first in the history of the Department of Music — will support a distinguished, senior-level professor with a demonstrated record of excellence as a scholar, musician, and teacher. The chair holder’s primary role will be to lead and teach in a distinctive MM/DMA graduate program centered on the performance of Western art music and built around a suite of core courses in bibliography, notation and performance, analysis, and historical performance practices.

We seek a scholar/performer for this position for two reasons: because we believe that the advanced training of performers greatly benefits from mentors who exemplify excellence in both fields; and because we aim to graduate students from our program who not only understand the value of both approaches, but who can bring both skill sets to their future careers.

In addition to supporting the chairholder’s individual research, the Klein Chair is intended to support departmental and School of Music-wide* initiatives integrating performance and scholarship, such as festivals, recordings, theme-based programming, conferences, touring and multimedia collaborations.

*The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music consists of three departments: Ethnomusicology, Music and Musicology. Its founding principles strongly encourage interdepartmental student and faculty collaboration.

The successful candidate should possess a broad skill set encompassing as many of the following as possible:

  • an active publication record in the area of music performance studies;
  • documented skills as a professional-level performer, such as recordings and/or professionally reviewed public performances;
  • a distinguished record of teaching at the graduate level
  • experience in directing DMA dissertations and leading graduate seminars for performers;
  • the ability to coach soloists and ensembles;
  • a dynamic and collaborative approach to curriculum development;
  • a commitment to mentoring graduate students in both academic and career matters;
  • interest in helping to forge a collective vision for music performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

The successful candidate must also demonstrated a strong commitment to furthering the values of diversity in our university community through exemplary teaching, research and service.

Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and professional experience. Doctorate or equivalent professional experience preferred; master’s degree required. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.

APPLICATION: Applications must be submitted to the UC Recruit website online at:

Candidates should submit:

  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest with special attention to the role of music performance studies in the training of today’s professional musicians and educators
  • a representative selection of publications in the area of performance studies (in PDF format)
  • links to live and/or recorded performances
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • EDI statement describing the applicant’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion across all areas of professional achievement.
  • names and contact information of five to six professional references. Please do not upload reference letters; the search committee will contact references directly at an appropriate time in the process.

Application deadline: November 2, 2018

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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Department of Music Welcomes Four Exceptional Studio Faculty in Fall 2018

August 21st, 2018 · No Comments

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is pleased to announce that four exemplary artists have accepted their offer of an appointment in the Department of Music, including award-winning violist Che-Yen Chen, professor of viola, and new lecturers Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Georgy Goodall, principal timpanist for the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; and Joshua Ranz, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and utility/bass clarinet for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

“The addition of these four exemplary artist-teachers to our faculty will add range to the music department’s studio teaching,” said Travis Cross, music department chair. “It also advances our mission to connect our students with the broader Los Angeles music scene through our relationship with principal artists from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and others.”

Among the school of music’s new ladder faculty is Taiwanese-Amercian violist Che-Yen Chen, who joins the Department of Music as professor of viola. A highly sought-after soloist, educator, chamber and orchestral musician, Chen is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Formosa Quartet. He is the first-prize winner of the 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition, and he has been described as an artist whose “most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music” (San Diego Tribune). His recordings with the Formosa Quartet can be found on EMI, Delos, and New World Records, and the quartet’s current project, From Hungary to Taiwan, will be released with Bridge Records in the 2018-19 season. Chen has served as principal violist of the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and he has appeared as guest principal with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Before joining UCLA, Chen served on the faculty of USC Thornton School of Music, Indiana University South Bend, University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University, California State University Fullerton, and McGill University. WATCH: Schumann, Marchenbilder Op. 113 for Viola and Piano


Boris Allakhverdyan, lecturer in clarinet, has served as principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2016. His performances have been called “superlative” and “inspired” by the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times praised his “energetic, vibrant solos.” Prior to joining the LA Phil, he served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the associate principal clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. A founding member of the Prima Trio (Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition), he previously taught at the Peabody Conservatory. WATCH: Dinicu/Heifetz Hora Staccato

Timpanist and percussionist Gregory Goodall, lecturer in percussion, is principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and a founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Goodall, a UCLA school of music alumnus, is also an in-demand studio musician, with performances on over 800 film scores. His list of credits includes the popular scores to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, La La Land, Cars 3, The Secret Life of Pets, Frozen, Monsters Inc., Ice Age, Life of Pi, Avatar, Toy Story, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Air Force One, and Jurassic Park. His teaching experience includes serving on the faculties of California State University Long Beach; and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Goodall joins Theresa Dimond as lecturer in percussion, offering UCLA percussion majors expertise across a broad range of classical performance genres.

Joshua Ranz, lecturer in clarinet, has been hailed in the Los Angeles Times for his “stunning rendition” of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and his performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto was called “exciting.” He is principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New West Symphony, and, since 1997, utility/bass clarinet of the Pacific Symphony. He is an in-demand studio musician, having played on more than 150 soundtracks. His most recent teaching experience was at Biola Conservatory of Music, where he taught for over a decade. He also previously taught at Pomona College and Long Beach City College. LEARN MORE

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Work which received its world premiere at UCLA wins 2018 Global Music Awards Gold Medal

June 25th, 2018 · No Comments

American composer Earl Louis Stewart has won a 2018 Global Music Awards Gold Medal in the category Counterpoint Classical/Jazz for his composition Homage to Swing (Identity 158), which received its world premiere at Schoenberg Hall on February 5, 2017. The four movement symphony, which represents the merging of swing with traditional symphonic design, was the final work on Swinging to a World of Strings, an inter-departmental orchestra concert programed by Professor Cheryl L. Keyes to highlight world music traditions.

The concert, Keyes wrote, “celebrates culture and commemorates those musical bards who have left an indelible impression on how we listen, dance, and groove to music from around the globe.”

Conducted by Professor Neal Stulberg, the concert program showcased the depth and breadth of talent across the school in both composition and performance. UCLA students formed a 50-plus-piece orchestra, performing work by Keyes, professors Munir Beken and Steven Loza, and others. Guest performers included Suzanna Guzman, mezzo soprano; Niccolo Seligmann, viola da gamba, and Andrew Connell, clarinet, as well as Keyes (piano), Beken (Turkish ud), and Professor Qi Li (erhu).

WATCH the entire concert or find Homage to Swing at marker 1:34:30. The concert program is below.

Swinging to a World of Strings
Neal Stulberg, Conductor
Produced by Cheryl L. Keyes


Part I
Celebration: Music that celebrates five countries: United States, Mexico, England, Turkey, and China

America Tropical by Steven Loza
Suzanna Guzman, mezzo soprano

Concerto for Turkish Ud [Los Angeles Premiere] by Munir Beken
Munir Beken, Turkish ud

“The Spirit of Gamba” by Tobias Hume
Niccolo Seligmann, viola da gamba

Erhu Concerto No. 1 by Guan Naizhong
Qi Li, erhu


Part II
Tribute: Music that celebrates music legends, music-makers and US icons of swing

“Sleeping with the Enemy” & “Moondays” (A Tribute to Lady Day) by Cheryl L. Keyes
Cheryl L. Keyes, vocalist/pianist/arranger/orchestrator

Musique d’Afrique Nouvelle Orleans, Suite No. 3 by Alvin Batiste (orchestral adaptation and arrangement by Cheryl L. Keyes)
Andrew Connell, clarinet

Homage to Swing, Symphony in G Major, 1.158 [World Premiere] by Earl Louis Stewart

Program note for Homage to Swing:

Homage to Swing is an essay in contemplative jazz. It is a symphony written in four movements and is designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of jazz written in traditional European formative paradigms.

Movement I features a traditional swing theme written in sonata allegro design. It is contrasted with a lively, rhythmic secondary theme.

Movement II, a multi-cultural fugue, features a fugal theme that traverses many styles while maintaining the same beat. It opens with a non-syncopated exposition, progressing to a bossa nova, then to a ragtime, a swing, a salsa, back to a swing, then to a lively African ngoma (an African dance), and a final swing. The movement closes in a style reminiscent of the opening. Third movements of traditional classical symphonies are usually some type of dance, e.g., minuet and trio, scherzo, or waltz.

In keeping with this tradition, Movement Ill features a jazz waltz. However, instead of being written in song form structure, this movement is written in sonata allegro design. The secondary theme introduces the waltz, which is in sharp contrast to the opening quasi bebop theme. Both themes are featured more or less throughout the entire movement. The development introduces a brief moment of improvisation.

Movement IV, the final movement, features jazz written in a sonata rondo design, i.e., A-B-A-C-A-B-A. Section C constitutes a lengthy jazz fugue, which functions as a development. – Earl Louis Stewart

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Piano Student Xiao Chen Takes Second Prize at Carmel Music Society Piano Competition 2018

June 12th, 2018 · Comments Off on Piano Student Xiao Chen Takes Second Prize at Carmel Music Society Piano Competition 2018

Professor Inna Faliks has let us know that piano graduate student Xiao Chen has just won the second prize in the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition. She has written:

Please join me in congratulating our DMA graduate and Principal Musician Xiao Chen, who won 2nd prize in the venerable Carmel Music Society Piano Competition. Here is the review (Peninsula Reviews) of her performance in the winners’ recital. Congratulations also to Richard Danielpour, whose Mardi Gras Prelude, mentioned below, won the hearts of so many.

“Second Prize winner Xiao Chen then took the stage, and in addition to her solid and masterful performance of Beethoven?s Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78 and the first movement of the Brahms Sonata No. 1, she really blew us away with a work probably none of us had ever heard before ? the ?Mardi Gras? Prelude from Richard Danielpour?s ?The Enchanted Garden. This was a knock-out performance, and one we would love to hear again.”

Xiao Chen, center

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Professor Mark Kligman named new Chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology

June 11th, 2018 · Comments Off on Professor Mark Kligman named new Chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology

Professor Mark Kligman, a scholar of Jewish music, will become chair of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology on July 1, 2018. Kligman, who joined UCLA in 2014, will serve a three-year term. He succeeds Professor Steve Loza, who successfully led the Department of Ethnomusicology for three years as chair and one year as vice chair, including helping to write the proposal that resulted in the formation of the school in 2016 as the first–and only–school of music in the University of California system.

Kligman is the inaugural holder of the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music and a professor of ethnomusicology and musicology. In Spring 2017, he was appointed director of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music. He serves on the school’s Faculty Executive Committee and has been the director of Graduate Studies in Musicology for the past two years. Kligman is a member of the Faculty Advisory committees of the Center for Musical Humanities and the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. He is co-editor of the journal Musica Judaica and academic chair of the Jewish Music Forum.

“I look forward to serving the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in this role and building upon the important work of Professor Steve Loza,” said Kligman. “As the largest Ethnomusicology Department in academia, I hope to further develop the experience of our students to benefit from the department’s esteemed faculty and share their talents further throughout UCLA and the Los Angeles community. Our Department of Ethnomusicology has many treasures and I am inspired to work across the school to grow and share all we have to offer.”

Kligman holds a bachelor’s of music degree from California State University, Northridge in music theory; he studied at the University of Michigan and then New York University where he received a M.A. in urban ethnomusicology and a Ph.D. in musicology with an emphasis in ethnomusicology. Kligman researched the liturgical music of Syrian Jews focusing on Sabbath morning liturgy and its musical and cultural connections between Jewish religious traditions and Arab cultural and musical traditions. His research interests in Jewish Middle Eastern Liturgical traditions have led to publications in American, European and Israeli books and journals. His book Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn (Wayne State University) was awarded a 2009 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Notable Selection, an award of the Association for Jewish Studies. He is currently writing a book on popular music of Orthodox Jews.

As the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair holder, Kligman has sponsored many symposia, lectures and performances in a wide array of Jewish music topics partnering with school of music departments and the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. One of the highlights was in December 2015 with the performance of Handel’s Judas Maccabeaus at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. As director of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, Kligman works to support research, organize programs and concerts in American Jewish Music. The fund’s inaugural conference this past fall included the premiere of the new work David’s Quilt composed by 15 composers including L.A. professional composers, UCLA graduate students and faculty. This conference, American Culture and the Jewish Experience in Music, gathered leading scholars and explored new research areas.

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UCLA Marching Brand Brings Solid Gold Sound to Japan

June 11th, 2018 · Comments Off on UCLA Marching Brand Brings Solid Gold Sound to Japan

Twenty members of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band appeared as the featured performers at the 35th annual Ekitopia Festival Parade in Nagoya, Japan on May 4 and 5, 2018.

The Ekitopia Festival is held in Nagoya each year during Japan’s “Golden Week,” which occurs in late April and early May and includes a series of national holidays including The Emperor’s Birthday, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day and Children’s Day. Other performers in the parade included several local high school bands and traditional Japanese dance troupes. The governor of Aichi Prefecture, Hideaki Omura, was present to welcome the band to Nagoya, a Los Angeles Sister City.

The band arrived in Nagoya on May 2, and rehearsed on May 3 in preparation for the performance. On May 6, the band traveled to Kyoto to visit several historical sites including Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Temple), the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the monkeys at Kameyama-koen Park, and ancient gates and shrines at Fushimi Inari-taisha. The band flew back to Los Angeles on May 7, and most of the students headed directly to classes.

In 2010, fourteen members of the UCLA Drumline performed at this same event. Other recent trips to Asia by the band include the Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong in 2006 and 2008, and the Taoyuan International Band Festival in Taiwan in 2016.

Watch a video of the Marching Band in Nagoya

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End of Chancellor’s Residence Recital Series

June 5th, 2018 · Comments Off on End of Chancellor’s Residence Recital Series

Mrs. Block has shared with us photos from the last two recitals of the series:

On May 22nd, violinist Priyanka Venkatesh and accompanist Dr James Lent–this photo shows Priyanka with Mrs. Block.

Matthew Lombard, Juan Rivera, and Jocelyn Yeo, From the recital on May 23rd. The three musicians are shown here with Mrs. Block

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UCLA Contempo Flux Spring 2018 Chamber Music Recital

May 21st, 2018 · Comments Off on UCLA Contempo Flux Spring 2018 Chamber Music Recital

UCLA Contempo Flux Spring 2018 Chamber Music Recital

Saturday, June 9 at 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Schoenberg Hall

Directed by Gloria Cheng

FREE ~ Reception to follow~

Parking Available in Lot 2

ANTON WEBERN, Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24
Irwin Hui, flute
Will Stevens, oboe
Nicole Galisatus, clarinet
Duncan Smith, horn
Natalie Dungey, trumpet
Chris Routh, trombone
Elvin Hsieh, violin
Lu Walstad, viola
Nicholas Carlozzi, piano
Euan Shields, conductor

STEVEN STUCKY, Sonate en form de pr?ludes, i, ii, iv for Oboe, Horn and Harpsichord
Layla Stefanacci, oboe
Maxwell Paulus, horn
Gloria Cheng, harpsichord

CAROLINE SHAW, Entr’acte, for String Quartet
Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin
Viola You, violin
Lu Walstad, viola
Jeffrey Ho, cello

GY?RGY LIGETI, Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano
Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin
Maxwell Paulus, horn
Nicholas Carlozzi, piano

GY?RGY LIGETI, Six Bagatelles, for Woodwind Quintet
William Yeh, flute
Will Stevens, oboe
Nicole Galisatus, clarinet
Anjali Pillai, bassoon
Maxwell Paulus, horn

JEAN-LUC DARBELLAY, Accents, for Horn and Saxophone
Jake Boring, alto saxophone
Maxwell Paulus, horn

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Chancellor’s Residence May Recitals Update

May 18th, 2018 · Comments Off on Chancellor’s Residence May Recitals Update

We have received photos from Mrs. Block from this month’s recital series at the residence. The following performers entertained staff members from various areas of the campus.

Prof. James Lent and his collaborative piano students

This string chamber quintet (Tiffany Wee, Shota Homma, Xenia Deviatkina Loh, Connie Song, and Jeffrey Ho) performed a Brahms Piano Quintet.

Sophia Su entertained with a program of classical piano music.

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