Not many students achieve great things in more than one area, but sophomore Michael Perry is doing just that at UCLA, in the very different arenas of sports and the arts.  Michael, who is a music major in Violin Performance, is not only a very talented musician but also a member of the UCLA Men’s Track and Field team.  That would be impressive enough, but it was recently announced that Michael has the highest cumulative GPA of any student-athlete at UCLA.  The Department of Music strives to encourage all of our students not to just be great musicians, but great scholars as well.  Michael has done that and more: his achievements on the stage, on the field, and in the classroom show him to be a man of distinction in all three arenas.  Prof. Movses Pogossian, Director of Strings Studies, says of him: “Michael is a talented and versatile violinist, who is a joy to teach. He actively contributes to the musical fabric of our school. In addition to working hard on the standard works of the violin repertoire, he loves chamber music and orchestra, and also is an avid and capable improviser, happily participating in Kenny Burrell's jazz combos, and writing his own cadenzas. His time management skills are incredible, as he is juggling music and athletics, without sacrificing anything in the quality of his work.”

On behalf of the entire faculty, staff and student body, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Michael Perry, whose hard work and dedication to excellence are an inspiring example for all of us.

Michael Dean
Chair, Department of Music