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Welcome New Faculty

October 5th, 2016 · No Comments


Three new ladder faculty have joined the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music: James K. Bass, a Grammy-nominated singer and conductor; Jocelyn Ho, one of Australia’s leading young pianists, and Shana Redmond, an interdisciplinary scholar of music, race, and politics.

Professor James K. Bass joins our Music Department as the Director of Choral Studies. He is a three-time Grammy nominated singer and conductor and is the Associate Conductor for the professional choir Seraphic Fire. Bass was previously on the faculty at Western Michigan University and the University of South Florida in Tampa and served as Artistic Director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the official chorus of the Florida Orchestra. Bass received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami–Florida, where he was a doctoral fellow; Master of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of South Florida; and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Bass is an active bass soloist and has performed with many important orchestras and conductors. He has appeared as soloist or conductor on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Albany, and Seraphic Fire Media labels. In 2017 he will begin his appointment as the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers.
Read a Q&A with Professor Bass in the Daily Bruin

Jocelyn Ho joins our Music Department as Assistant Professor — Performance Studies. Hailed as an artist possessing “a surprisingly unrelenting physical technique” (The Australian) and with the ability to draw “unbelievably beautiful sonorities from the piano” (Fine Music Magazine), Ho has distinguished herself as one of the leading young pianists in Australia, winning major piano competitions, including the first prize and the special prize for music by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven in the 2010 Australian National Piano Award, the Kawai Award, prizes at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and has performed at Radio France, the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Recital Centre, New York Symphony Space, Spectrum NYC, the NSW Parliament House, the Victorian Governor’s House, the Boston Isabella Gardner Museum, and extensively in the US and Europe.
Watch a preview of “Synaesthesia Playground,”?an ongoing experimental work by Ho and Drew Petersen for piano and mobile phones.

Shana L. Redmond joins our Musicology Department as Associate Professor of Musicology and African American Studies. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of music, race, and politics. Prior to receiving her combined Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University, Redmond studied Music and African American Studies at Macalester College where she trained as a vocalist. Throughout her education and career, music has been at the center of her thinking–as subject, agent, and method–and activates her research and teaching interests in racial formation, political cultures, nationalism, labor, and decolonization. Her focus has been to understand the ways in which music is used as a strategy within the liberation politics and social movements of the African world. She is the author of the highly-regarded book, “Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora,” published by NYU Press.
Read Associate Professor Redmond’s op-ed “Faith Under Fire: Jay Z’s ‘Spiritual’ Is A Modern Song of Sorrow”


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