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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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New CD of music by HASOM faculty member John Steinmetz has been released by Mill Avenue Chamber Players

September 27th, 2016 · No Comments

Recently shared by Professor John Steinmetz:

A new CD of music by HASOM faculty member John Steinmetz has been released by Mill Ave. Chamber Players:

“What the Birds Said” Music of John Steinmetz CD

Recorded in June 2016, the Mill Ave Chamber Players and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet recorded the chamber music of John Steinmetz. Included on this CD are the Quintet, Quartet and “Three Pieces for Ten Winds.” Mill Ave. Chamber Players is a professional woodwind quintet based in Phoenix, AZ. In the 2016-2017 season, the ensemble will perform over 50 concerts throughout the greater Phoenix area.

Album notes:

Interview about the project:

The Mill Ave Chamber Players opens their ninth season with a new recording, “What the Birds Said”- the music of John Steinmetz. The ensemble recorded the album this past June with the composer on hand, and they dropped by K-BACH before they hit the studio. K-BACH’s Sterling Beeaff chats with French hornist Rose French and composer John Steinmetz about the collaboration.

The CD includes three of John’s pieces: Quintet, Fits and Starts for woodwind quartet (commissioned by UCLA faculty clarinetist Gary Gray), and Three Pieces for ten winds (Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet and the faculty winds from University of the Pacific joined Mill Ave. Chamber Players for this last piece). Mill Ave. Chamber Players are based in Phoenix, AZ. John traveled there in June for rehearsals and to produce the recording.


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UCLA Music Department Participates in Faculty Exchange with Capital Normal University in Beijing

September 27th, 2016 · No Comments

We have heard from Professors Inna Faliks and Lily Chen-Hafteck about their recent trip to China to exchange ideas and information with Faculty at Capital Normal University in Beijing.

The September 2016 UCLA faculty exchange was a fascinating adventure. Organized by Lily Chen-Hafteck, the team, which included Lily Chen-Hafteck, Neal Stulberg, Antonio Lysy, Inna Faliks, Michael Dean, and David Lefkowitz, led a series of workshops, lectures and master classes that culminated in a joint concert with CNU faculty.

The program ranged from Gao Ping to Purcell to Chopin to a world premiere by David Lefkowitz, composed for a large ensemble that included erhu and employed ancient Chinese poetry.

Chaperoned by CNU’s caring students and faculty, the faculty had a chance to partake in Beijing’s cultural and culinary treasures, and especially enjoyed learning and connecting with the sounds of traditional Chinese Instruments.

We express our thanks to the team of CNU faculty and students for this unforgettable week.

UCLA faculty members with the Capital Normal University officials including the Dean, Vice-Directors, and Professors

Professors, Lysy, Faliks, and Stulberg

Professors Lysy and Faliks with Chinese artist

Professor Lysy enjoying Chinese noodles.

Professor Faliks with a Sanxien

Professor Dean and Professor Faliks at the performance Center

Professors Lysy and Faliks at the Great Wall

New photos contributed October 3rd from Professor Lily Chen-Hafteck:
Antonio Lysy with master class

Professor David Lefkowitz with class

Professor Inna Faliks with piano master class

Professor Lily Chen-Hafteck with class

Professor Michael Dean in master class

Professor Neal Stulberg with orchestra master class

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2016 Audition Dates Set For Music Department Large Ensembles

September 8th, 2016 · No Comments

The UCLA Department of Music announces auditions for large ensembles for the 2016-17 academic year, including choirs, concert bands and wind ensembles, marching band, and orchestras. Most music majors are required to participate in these ensembles as part of their degree, but every single ensemble is open to non-music majors who audition successfully, and some ensembles are designed mostly with non-majors in mind.


The following ensembles comprise mostly music majors and some exemplary non-majors:

Chamber Singers
Wind Ensemble

The following ensembles especially encourage participation by non-majors:

Symphonic Band
Marching Band

Auditions for orchestras and concert bands/wind ensembles occur during the first week of fall quarter, September 19?26, 2016. These are the only formal auditions held this year. Choral auditions also occur just prior to the first week of fall quarter, with additional audition opportunities at the beginning of the winter and spring quarters.

All players interested in Philharmonia, Symphony, or Wind Ensemble must download and prepare required materials and schedule an audition at (Auditions for bands and orchestras occur simultaneously with both faculty members present; if you are interested in more than one ensemble, you only have to audition once.) If you are interested only in Symphonic Band, you are not required to audition and may simply register for Music 90F and perform an informal chair-placement audition during the first rehearsal.

For the UCLA Bruin Marching Band, auditions begin in May and are usually completed by September 1. Most prospective members audition by sending a link to a YouTube video of their audition, but you may also make an appointment to play in person. Audition requirements are listed at

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the following:

Orchestras: Alex Chay (, orchestra manager
Concert Bands/Wind Ensembles: Dr. Travis J. Cross (, wind ensemble conductor
Marching Band: Ken Fisher (, assistant director of the Bruin Marching Band
Choirs: Dr. James K. Bass (, director of Choral Studies


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Professor Inna Faliks Shares Summer Festival Activities

August 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment

We have received an email from Music Professor of Piano, Inna Faliks, describing some of her summer activities at various festivals. She writes:

“I had a very adventurous summer, wanted to report. I attach photos. First, I played many concerts, solo and with esteemed chamber colleagues at the beautiful Newport Festival. Then, I played the Clara Schumann Concerto at Wintergreen festival, Virginia. There was so much drama connected to American Airlines losing my luggage and behaving atrociously, that the Slipped Disc blog published the story.

Then, I went to two very interesting festivals in Italy: Piano Academy Villa Sandra (small new festival, heavenly beauty ashore Lago Maggiore – did masterclasses), and Musicfest Perugia, where I performed and gave masterclasses. UCLA was well represented as our own Mindy Cheng and Polina Cherezova made their European debuts with University of Alicante Symphony in the Schumann and Chopin 2 concerti. Incoming pianist freshman Sean Tang-Wang also made an impressive debut in Rachmaninoff 2.”

Below are four photos Prof. Faliks sent along with her email.





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Music Professor Sheridon Stokes to be Featured at National Flute Association and to Perform at 15th Annual Chamber Music on the Mountain

August 9th, 2016 · No Comments


Flute Professor Sheridon Stokes has forwarded some information about his activities this summer, which will be of interest to flute and wind instrument fans.

First, he is being featured in the opening concert of the National Flute Association in San Diego. He will be playing flute solos from movies in which his playing was featured, with a 250 piece flute orchestra (a LOT of flutes). The orchestra will be conducted by Peter Sheridahn, a former DMA student of Stokes at UCLA who now teaches at Melbourne University.

Second, he will be featured in the second concert offered at the 15th annual Chamber Music on the Mountain. Here is information directly from the concert producer:

Second Concert ? 3 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Featuring Sheridon Stokes, flute; Joseph Gold, violin; Karl Albrecht, viola;
Annie Harkey-Power, cello

We are delighted that Sheridon Stokes is again returning from his Southern California home and Joe Gold is coming once again from the San Francisco Bay area. Sheridon was probably the most-recorded movie studio flutist and a special treat this year is his bass flute solo rendition of the solos he played in Mel Brooks? film ?Men in Tights? AND his flute and string trio arrangements of songs from three of the big movies in which he played solos: ?Out of Africa?, ?Mission Impossible?, and ?Titanic?. Of course, the concert is mostly classical chamber music and will include a Mozart flute quartet, a Paganini string trio, and other works yet to be decided.

Sheridon is coming here straight from concerts he is giving in China. Joe Gold is coming after his concerts in Spain. As you know, Joe was a Heifetz student and is a fabulous violinist. They will be joined by Karl Albrecht, who commutes between the Seattle area and Los Angeles for engagements and stellar local performer Annie Harkey-Power. Both of these were very impressive in previous performances at these concerts.

Reservations are required. As you know, these concerts always fill up. Please call or email as soon as possible. Thank you.

The Crystal Chamber Music Hall was built especially for quality recorded and live acoustics. Walls and ceiling are cedar, perfect for an intimate chamber music experience. Crystal Records is at 1500 foot elevation on Livingston Mountain about 8 miles north of Camas, Washington, or 25 minutes from the Portland Airport. Beautiful trees and views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River valley make this an ideal destination to hear beautiful music.

Concerts are sponsored by Crystal Records and are free admission. Seating is limited to 65 and the concerts are usually filled. Advance reservations are required. Please call Crystal Records at 360-834-7022 or email for reservations and directions. Hosts are Linda Felver and Peter Christ.

For the enjoyment of all our guests, we request that there be no children under 8 years old.

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Professor Christoph Bull

July 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Organ professor and University Organist Chrisoph Bull has shared the following news about his summer activities, as well as photos, which we always love to get.

He says:

“I recorded the pipe organ parts for the new Ghostbusters movie at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Theodore Shapiro was the composer, Chris Fogel the engineer.

I just gave a concert at Balboa Park in San Diego on the greatest outdoor pipe organ in the world.”

Photos are below.




The colors are gone as Christoph performs two encore selections.


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Professor Guillaume Sutre shares summer performance schedule

July 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Music violin professor Guillaume Sutre has shared the following information about some of his activities this summer–he is going to be VERY busy!
He writes:

“With my wife, harpist Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, we are having a pretty busy summer.

– With cellist Sung-Won Yang, we performed in Saint-Emilion (France) on June 23rd, celebrating the 130th anniversary of friendship between South-Korea and France. At this occasion, the famous Korean/American composer Paul Yeon Lee has composed a piece for our violin and harp duo: “The Shadow of Arirang”. We were very happy and honored to give the premiere of this beautiful piece at the festival “Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion”, at the very famous wine place: Chateau Beau-s?jour B?cot.

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During the 2nd & 3rd week of July, we were at the Unbound Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA, for the 3rd consecutive year. Many concerts with some unusual repertoire and a lot of teaching with students from every age and level. Absolutely wonderful experience in a very unique pace, we cannot wait to come back next year!

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On August 2nd, our Duo will be performing at the UCLA Powell Library Rotunda at noon for the Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival.

The following day will be the start of a new recording session at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music recording studio, for a new CD featuring a selection of romantic pieces exclusively written for violin and harp.

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On August 8, I will be giving a masterclass at the Irvine Music Festival, a very young and very active festival, I had a great pleasure to participate to its inaugural edition last year and I very much look forward to being there again this summer!

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Opera UCLA Director Peter Kazaras directs “The Thieving Magpie” at Glimmerglass

July 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Professor Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera UCLA has shared the following links to photos and a review of this year’s Glimmerglass Festival production of “The Thieving Magpie,” which he directed this summer.

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Percussion professor Theresa Dimond shares summer festival activities

July 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Percussion professor Theresa Dimond has shared the following: “Here is a link to a picture of me playing at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago (in June) with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. I was one of three featured percussionists (two from LA, one from NY) who performed Tan Dun?s Water Passion. I performed the LA premier 11 years ago, and the ten year anniversary concert of that premier last year. This was the Chicago premiere of the piece and it seemed to be very well received. Below is a link to a picture and the Chicago Tribune review where the 3 percussionists are described as both ?virtuosic? and ?hyperactive?.

Besides my week at Ravinia, I was honored to be asked to play with the American Ballet Theater for one week at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The orchestra accompanied principal ballerina, Misty Copeland, a native of California who is getting great press in an evening of The Firebird by Stravinsky. We also performed Shostakovich?s Symphony No. 9, and Serenade by Leonard Bernstein. Otherwise I am occupied with my usual summer orchestras, the Pasadena Pops (Principal percussion), Muse/ique (Principal timpani), and the California Philharmonic (Principal timpani).”

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