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VIDEO: 'For David Nakazono, the ultimate aim of music is communication — “communicating a message, an idea, a story, through sound.” And he is mastering that art as an undergraduate performance major in the UCSB Department of Music. With acclaimed musicians such as Jill Felber and Grant Hungerford on the faculty, and emphases ranging from composition to ethnomusicology, the department offers students world-class instruction and mentorship that translates to the stage, the orchestra pit and the academy.' — UC Santa Barbara Current
2017 Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition winners
Winners of the 2017 Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition. From left to right: Leslie Cain (UCSB), 4th place Instrumental Division; Lalia Mangione, 2nd place Instrumental Division (Westmont College); Erik Fauss, 1st place Instrumental Division (Westmont College); Timothy Beccue, 3rd place Instrumental Division (Westmont College); Naomi Merer (UCSB), 2nd place Vocal Division; Tyler Reece (UCSB), 3rd place Vocal Division; Joanna Lynn Jacobs, 4th place Vocal Division (private student of Dr. Linda Di Fiore); Byron Mayes (UCSB), 1st place Vocal Division. Photo courtesy of the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation. 
Seven UCSB graduate students competed in the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Fess Parker Resort in downtown Santa Barbara. Baritone Byron Mayes took first prize in the vocal division ($5,000), soprano Naomi Merer took second ($4,000), and baritone Tyler Reece took third ($2,500). Mr. Mayes and Ms. Merer are both MM/DMA students studying in the studio of Dr. Linda Di Fiore at UCSB, and Mr. Reece is a doctoral candidate studying with Dr. Di Fiore. Soprano Joanna Lynn Jacobs, who took fourth place ($1,000), is a private student of Dr. Linda Di Fiore. Soprano Carol Tsai, a Physical Chemistry Ph.D. candidate and MM student in the studio of Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian, was awarded honorable mention ($500). In the instrumental division, pianist Leslie Cain was awarded fourth place ($1,000), and cellist Karen Yeh and flutist Cynthia Vong were both awarded honorable mentions ($500 each). Ms. Cain is a doctoral candidate in the studio of Paul Berkowitz, Ms. Yeh is a doctoral candidate in the studio of Jennifer Kloetzel, and Ms. Vong is a masters student in the studio of Jill Felber.
  • Jonathan Morgan, viola. Photo by Gaby Goldberg.
Violist and UCSB alumnus Jonathan Morgan will present the second...
  • Ori Barel "Small Town" album cover

Graduate composition student Ori Barel's latest release on the Centaur label features his six-movement work for piano, Small Town, performed by UCSB alumna Kacey Link, who resides and performs regularly in Southern California. The album was released on Friday, May 5, 2017 and is available via Naxos Direct and Amazon. Read more...

  • (h)artDrive playing Norton's piece, In Ecclesia, at National Sawdust on May 7, 2017. Video by Lawrence Mesich.
UCSB graduate composition student Nick Norton's piece In Ecclesia was performed by (h)artDrive (guitarists Nadav Lev and Giacomo Baldelli) at National Sawdust, an artist-led, non-profit venue, on May 7, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY. Norton originally wrote In Ecclesia for Ignition Duo, who released the piece on their first album, Ablaze Amidst The Horns. Read more...
  • Jillian Fischer and Eugenia Conte.

Eugenia Conte and Jillian Fischer

UCSB graduate students Jillian Fischer (Musicology) and Eugenia Siegel Conte (Ethnomusicology) participated in "RESONANCE," the Graduate Center for Literary Research's 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Friday, May 12, 2017 on the UCSB campus. Ms. Fischer served as the moderator for the first panel in the conference, entitled "Bodies, Spaces, Sounds," and Ms. Conte presented her paper "Empty Echoes: Open Space and Cultural Loss in Estonian Choral Practice" as a part of that same panel. Read more...