News & Events


  • Jill Felber

Flutist Jill Felber has been hailed for her "beautifully finished performances" by The Detroit News and has been praised by Musical America for her "handsome performance." The British journal PAN writes, "Felber was stunning...not only refined but also full of fun." Ms. Felber will be joined by several of her colleagues for a beautiful evening of chamber music at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Guests include pianist Dianne Frazer, who will join Ms. Felber for a premier performance of Linda Holland’s new piece, Exuberance, written to commemorate Ms. Felber’s 25th year of teaching at UCSB. Ms. Frazer will also join Ms. Felber for a performance of selections from their duo CD, Fusion. Flutist Claudia Anderson will take the stage with Ms. Felber to complete the ZAWA! duo, with performances of Cynthia Folio’s two flute and piano piece, Z3, and two original pieces by the ZAWA! duo, entitled Shifting Skies, and an arrangement of Jules Mouquet's Pan and the Birds. UCSB faculty members pianist Robert Koenig and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel will join Ms. Felber for a performance of Carl Maria von Weber's Trio in G minor, Op. 63. Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

  1. October 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Gospel Choir female soloist

The UCSB Department of Music announces its Fall 2016 Concert Series! The department offers a wide variety of music to the Santa Barbara and Goleta communities, with something for every music lover. This season opens with a recital by flutist Jill Felber and several of her UCSB colleagues, and includes performances by seven of the Department of Music's ensembles, offering everything from classical to world music. For more information and for a complete listing of the Fall 2016 Concert Series, please click here, and get ready to mark your calendar!

  1. September 22, 2016
  • Walter Blanding, saxophone

Saxophonist Walter Blanding, of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will give a masterclass with students from the UCSB Jazz Combos on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 4-5:45 p.m. in Geiringer Hall. Presented by the UCSB Department of Music and UCSB Arts & Lectures. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Mr. Blanding will perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that same evening at 8 p.m. at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Tickets can be purchased on the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

  1. October 4, 2016 -
    4:00pm to 5:45pm
  • Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey

Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey of the Laubrock/Rainey duo will give a masterclass with students from the UCSB Jazz Combos on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 4-5:45 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 


  1. October 6, 2016 -
    4:00pm to 5:45pm
  1. Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)
  • Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey

Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey will perform selections from their latest album release, Buoyancy, on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

  1. October 6, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Andrew Cashner

Professor Andrew Cashner (USC Thornton School of Music) will present a lecture entitled "Making Faith Appeal to Hearing in Devotional Music of the Spanish Empire" as part of the quarterly Music History and Theory Forum on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Music Room 1145. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

  1. October 12, 2016 -
    3:30pm to 4:45pm
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music welcomes Grammy and Juno Award-winning soprano, Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian, as Assistant Professor of Voice. A "supremely elegant singer with lyric agility and dramatic warmth (Los Angeles Times)," Dr. Bayrakdarian has performed in opera houses and concert halls across the globe, to great critical acclaim. She is the winner of numerous prestigious competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Plácido Domingo's Operalia competition. Dr. Bayrakdarian will host a masterclass at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. Four to five singers, ages 17-23, will be selected to perform in the class, which will be free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served.

  1. October 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
  • piano keys

Directed by Jeremy Haladyna, UCSB’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) is known for its unconventional repertoire choices and daring performances. The ensemble will present its annual fall concert on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 4 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus.

  1. November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • Wind Ensemble trumpets

The UCSB Wind Ensemble with Paul Bambach, Director, will present its annual fall concert on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.

  1. November 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • UCSB Chamber Choir

The UCSB Chamber Choir and Women's Chorus will present their annual winter concert at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State St.) in downtown Santa Barbara on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

  1. November 18, 2016 - 7:30pm


  • Linda Di Fiore with Plácido Domingo

Pictured here, Dr. Linda Di Fiore, Area Head of the UCSB Department of Music's Voice Program, with Plácido Domingo at the LA Opera Ball on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Dr. Di Fiore noted that Mr. Domingo "sang a stunning Macbeth", which opened the LA Opera 2016-17 season.

  • Sara Ballance

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) recently announced Sara Ballance, a UCSB graduate student in musicology, as a recipient of the 2016 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion fellowship for her topic, "Learning to Listen: Musical Hearing and the Construction of Musicality in the Nineteenth Century".

Kacey Link (DMA '13) is featured in the summer issue of the UCSB Alumni Association's Coastlines magazine for the recent publication of her new book, Tracing Tangueros: Argentine Tango Instrumental Music, the first English-language foundational study on tango.

UCSB Department of Music alumna, Dr. Diane L. White-Clayton (M.A. `96, Ph.D. `98), is the latest music alumni to be featured by the UCSB Alumni Association for their "Alumni Spotlight." Dr. White-Clayton recently directed and was a featured soloist with the UCSB Gospel Choir for their 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert in June. Read more about her experience as a graduate student, and her time spent at UCSB.

September 2016

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