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Isabel Bayrakdarian
Isabel Bayrakdarian
 
UCSB Music faculty member Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano) will perform this Sunday, September 23rd at the Western Diocese St. Leon Cathedral in Burbank to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia and the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan-Erebuni. Dr. Bayrakdarian will perform an all-Armenian program of folk songs and sacred hymns by Gomidas, Khatchaturian, and Sayat Nova arranged for voice and string quartet especially for this occasion. Accompanying her will be UCSB music faculty members violist Jonathan Moerschel and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel. Read more...
  • Nick Norton (photo by Lindsey Best)
UCSB composition alumnus Nick Norton ‘18 has been appointed to the Music Department faculty at Cal Poly Pomona, where he began teaching courses in music technology and songwriting this August. Read more...
  • Molly Clementz and costar in "La Gazzetta'
UCSB graduate voice student Molly Clementz (mezzo-soprano) was recently featured as Doralice in Pacific Opera Project’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed opera buffa, La Gazzetta (The Newspaper). The sold-out production marked only the second staging of the opera in the United States, and featured many of Southern California’s rising opera stars. Ms. Clementz’s own display of a “wonderfully rich tone, gleaming top notes, and a vibrant lower register" (Opera Today) garnered rave reviews from leading classical music and opera critics from the San Francisco Classical VoiceSchmoperaStage and CinemaBroadway World, and the Los Angeles Times. Read more...
  • Karen Yeh and Bridget Hough
UCSB Music alumni cellist Karen Yeh ‘15 and pianist Bridget Hough ‘13 will present a recital on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. The concert will open the 2018-2019 Music at Trinity concert series, and will feature works by Schumann, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff. Read more...
  • Jill Felber
Professor Jill Felber will be featured as a performer and clinician at the 46th annual National Flute Association Convention in Orlando, Florida on August 9-12. As a member of the ZAWA! flute duo, Professor Felber will perform and discuss works by Edison Denisov, Linda Holland, and John Rommereim with duo partner Claudia Anderson on Thursday, August 9th. ZAWA! and current members and alumni of the University of Northern Iowa Flute Choir will be featured on Thursday evening’s Gala Concert in a performance of Cynthia Folio’s Winds for Change for two solo flutes, flute choir, and percussionist, with live electronic manipulation of the solo flutes. Commissioned by ZAWA! in 2014 as a way to bring awareness to climate change, the captivating piece incorporates sound clips from nature such as whale songs, rain, and wind. Read more...
 
  • Nick Norton with Joffrey Texas dancers (photo courtesy of Joffrey Texas)
UCSB graduate composer Nick Norton's chamber ballet, Blue Hour, was premiered this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas by students from the Joffrey Texas dance academy. Joffrey Texas—founded by Robert Joffrey in 1978—commissioned the piece from choreographer Katie Cooper and Nick to commemorate the academy’s 40th anniversary season. Read more...
  • Sara Bashore
UCSB graduate violinist Sara Bashore has been selected to perform at the KotorArts Festival in Kotor, Montenegro as part of the Santa Barbara-Kotor sister city program. Ms. Bashore was invited by George and Denise Lilly to perform with local young artists, representing both the city of Santa Barbara and UC Santa Barbara. Ms. Bashore will perform Béla Bartók's Romanian Dances for violin and piano with pianist Marina Mikić, as well as Jean-Baptiste Loeillet’s Sonata for flute (violin), oboe, and piano with oboist Nela Drašković and pianist Marina Mikić on Wednesday, August 1st at 9:30 pm in the Church of the Holy Spirit. Additionally, Ms. Bashore and Ms. Mikić will give a series of duo performances over the next two weeks. Read more...
 
  • Pascal Salomon (Sharon Kayser)
Dr. Pascal Salomon '17 will join the Westmont College collaborative piano faculty in Fall 2018. Dr. Salomon will serve as the primary pianist for the Westmont College Chamber Singers, Choral Union, Fall Music Drama Workshop, and Spring Opera production, and will also work with student and faculty soloists on collaborative performance projects. Dr. Salomon received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Summer 2017 from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Professor Paul Berkowitz. Read more...
  • Jennifer Kloetzel
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music welcomes acclaimed cellist Jennifer Kloetzel as Assistant Professor of Cello beginning Fall 2018. Ms. Kloetzel’s performance career spans over three decades and has included solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. As a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet and an advocate for new music, Ms. Kloetzel has commissioned and premiered nearly 40 solo and chamber works by renowned composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Elena Ruehr, George Tsontakis, Kevin Puts, Philippe Hersant, and Daniel Asia. Having served as a Lecturer at UC Santa Barbara since Fall 2016, Ms. Kloetzel has performed on many Music Department concerts, including the department’s recent collaboration with CAMA for the organization’s Centennial Kickoff Celebration at Trinity Episcopal Church with fellow UCSB faculty members flutist Jill Felber and pianist Robert Koenig. Read more...