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Clarence BarlowProfessor Clarence Barlow, who serves as the Corwin Chair of Composition at UC Santa Barbara, released his latest CD, Music Algorithmica, last month via the World Edition label. Released as a double CD, the album is made up entirely of Professor Barlow’s music and features renowned contemporary performers such as Ensemble Köln (conducted by Robert HP Platz), the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Reykjavik with soloist Deborah Richards (conducted by Hermann Bäumer), the South-West Radio Orchestra Baden-Baden with soloist Kristi Becker (conducted by Ingo Metzmacher), and Ensemble Modelo62 (conducted by Ezequiel Menalled). Read more...
  • Byron Mayes (Figaro) and Naomi Merer (Susanna)
Video of UCSB Opera Theatre's February production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro was recently reviewed on Santa Barbara-based arts writer Daniel Kepl's Performing Arts Review: "Featuring a cast and orchestra assembled from the Department of Music’s best and brightest—mostly grad students—and with directorial and additional musical assistance from faculty and guest professionals on stage and in the pit, the excitement on opening night was palpable." Read more...
  • Alice Chung
UCSB alumna Alice Chung (mezzo-soprano) will return to Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado this summer as an Apprentice Artist. Ms. Chung will cover the role of Azucena in Central City Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore July 14th through August 5th. Recent career highlights include singing the role of Giovanna (Rigoletto) for her final appearance as a Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artist and her performance of the alto solos in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Kansas City Symphony. Ms. Chung will begin the Artist Diploma program at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia this fall. Read more...
  • Julie Davie
Graduate vocalist Julie Davies (soprano) will travel to Cancún, Mexico later this month to perform as a featured soloist with Sinfónica De Quintana Roo. Ms. Davies will join a roster of internationally acclaimed vocalists, including mezzo-soprano Maria Luisa Corbacho (Spain), tenor Joel Montero (Mexico), and baritone Olafur Sigurdarson (Iceland). Led by Artistic Director José Maria Moreno Valiente (Spain), performances will run from June 14-16. Read more...
 
  • Liza Munk (photo by Lauren Maeve)
UCSB Ethnomusicology PhD student Liza Munk has received a Fulbright grant to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on the alternative Arabic music scene in Amman, Jordan for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Read more...
 
  • Nick Norton (photo by Lindsey Best)
UCSB graduate composition student Nick Norton will present his final Ph.D. concert on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 8 pm at Art Share LA in downtown Los Angeles. The program will feature original works written by Norton, performed by current UCSB students and alumni, as well as some of LA’s most well-known names in new music. Norton spoke with us about the inspiration behind this concert, the importance of collaborating while in school, and his plans following graduation. Read more...
  • PASF 2018 vocal winners
UCSB graduate students took top prizes at the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competition, held on Sunday, April 29th at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (formerly known as the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort) in downtown Santa Barbara. In the vocal division, mezzo-soprano Kelly Newberry (student of Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian) took first place, soprano Naomi Merer (student of Dr. Linda Di Fiore) took second place, and baritone Tyler Reece (student of Dr. Linda Di Fiore) took third place. In the instrumental division, flutist Cynthia Vong (student of Professor Jill Felber) was awarded Honorable Mention. Sophomore Terra Giddens (soprano, student of Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian) received the Encouragement Award in the preliminary round. Read more...

 

  • Blockchain factory
Professor Curtis Roads will present a lecture focusing on the publishing model as opposed to the streaming and blockchain model at the Ebbing Sounds, San Francisco conference this May. The publishing model has worked for Roads. Evangelists for streaming and blockchain models are obsessed with concocting new schemes that can make potentially everyone a star by “getting rid of the middleman” that is, publishers, curators, producers, and institutions in general. Read more...
  • Steven Gross (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Dr. Steven Gross was appointed as a clinician for two European summer music festivals, with responsibilities for solo, chamber music, and orchestral performance, as well as teaching. The events are Hornclass, part of the Prague International Music Festival, and the Crescendo Musical Institute in Hungary. In both festivals, as well as during the upcoming International Horn Society Symposium, Dr. Gross will perform premieres of his commissioned work, Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, by William Bolcom, with the ensemble American Double. Following these concerts, the composition will be recorded in Prague. A West Coast premiere is anticipated in Santa Barbara. Read more...
 
  • Maureen Conroy
UCSB Department of Music alumna Maureen Conroy was appointed Principal Librarian of the Minnesota Orchestra in June of 2017. Ms. Conroy, who completed her Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance at UC Santa Barbara under the direction of Professor Steven Gross, took the time to answer a few questions about her new job, and share some of her favorite memories from her time at UCSB. Read more...