News & Events


  • Ensamble Vientos del Sur

Santa Barbara-based Ensamble Vientos Del Sur (Winds of the South Ensemble) performs a fusion of different Latin American styles such as rumba, bolero, and cumbia. Delighting audiences of Southern California for more than a decade, the band’s contagious rhythms invite the audience to dance.  Hugo Macario, Jose Elizarraraz, and Robert Gutierrez perform on guitar, charango, zampoñas, quena, cajon, and congas. April 27, 2016. Noon. UCSB Music Bowl. Free. Presented by the UCSB Multicultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music. Photo by Paul Wellman for the SB Independent.

  1. April 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
  • Jason Yi poster

UCSB undergraduate student, Jason Yi (trumpet), will present a senior recital on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in Music Room 1145. Works by Haydn, Charlier, Ewazen, Sarasate, and Kraft. Admission is free.

  1. April 23, 2016 - 12:30pm
  • John Scoville

UCSB graduate student, John Scoville (piano), will present a doctoral recital on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3 p.m. in UCSB's Karl Geiringer Hall. Works by Brahms, Finzi, and Hindemith. Mr. Scoville will be joined by Karen Yeh (cello), Zachary Mendez (tenor), and Jordan Warmath (viola). Admission is free.

  1. April 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Montage 2016

The UCSB Department of Music presents its third annual department showcase, Montage, on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 5 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The production will highlight all areas of the Department of Music, with performances by students and faculty, and special appearances by Grammy Award-winning soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Santa Barbara Dance Theater’s Christina Sanchez, and Jennifer Johnson, who performs as Second Oboe/English Horn with the Los Angeles Opera.

  1. April 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
  • David Nakazono

UCSB undergraduate student, David Nakazono (trumpet), will present a junior recital on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6 p.m. in UCSB's Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Admission is free. Works by Marcello, Hummel, and more.

  1. April 30, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara

In recognition of El Cinco de Mayo, Santa Barbara-based Mariachi Las Olas, founded and directed by Juan Zaragoza, will perform various music genres from Mexico including rancheras, boleros, corridos, sones, and gustos. VIVA La Batalla de Puebla! May 4, 2016. Noon. Music Bowl. Free. Presented by the UCSB Multicultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.

  1. May 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
  • © 1936 Al Hirschfeld. Courtesy Of The Margo Feiden Galleries, New York.
Speaker: James Steichen, Lecturer, Stanford University

Topic: “Broadway does it more naturally” –On Your Toes and the Making of an American Ballet

Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 On Your Toes has long been seen as a pivotal moment in the history of “integrated” musical comedy (in particular regarding the role of dance as a vehicle of plot development), and George Balanchine’s work on the show has been regarded as the first time that dance on Broadway merited the distinction of “choreography.” Drawing on archival material made available in recent years, this talk lays out a more expansive meaning for the dances of On Your Toes, arguing that they served as a rich site of experimentation for not just Broadway form but the development of Balanchine’s uniquely American choreography. The virtuosic, comedic, and tragic dances of On Your Toes seamlessly blended Tin Pan Alley song with Gershwin’s symphonic idioms and playfully juxtaposed tap dancing and Russian ballet, acts of creative exchange underpinned by unacknowledged and problematic racial and gender dynamics. This blending provided an inadvertent blueprint for the elusive idea of “American ballet” sought by Balanchine and his patron and champion Lincoln Kirstein in Depression-Era America. For us today, the dances of On Your Toes allow us to see more clearly the popular roots of Balanchine’s neoclassical style.


  1. May 4, 2016 -
    3:30pm to 4:45pm
  • Zachary Mendez

Graduate student Zachary Mendez (tenor) will present a master's recital on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 6 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Works by Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, Turina, Britten, and Wood. In collaboration with John Scoville, piano. Admission is free.

  1. May 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • piano

UCSB graduate student Felix Eisenhauer (piano), will present a doctoral recital on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Admission is free.

  1. May 8, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Tabla

Scott Marcus leads a performance of North Indian classical music performed on sitars with tabla accompaniment by Ziyad Marcus. May 11, 2016. Noon. UCSB Music Bowl. Free. Presented by the UCSB Multicultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.

  1. May 11, 2016 - 12:00pm


  • BFE and SEM union over ice cream social

Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco and Dr. Tim Cooley gave talks at the New Currents in Ethnomusicology conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) 2016 Annual Conference at the University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Arts, located in the historic dockyard, Chatham, on April 14-17, 2016.

  • Photo by David Bazemore.

Opera Santa Barbara's double bill production of Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica will feature Dr. Linda Di Fiore as well as eight UCSB singers, including Luvi Avendano, Sally Rose Bates, Adam Bradley, Molly Clementz (Mosher Studio Artist), Zachary Mendez, Naomi Merer, Juliet Powar, and Carol Tsai. Photo by David Bazemore.

  • Molly Clementz

Students from the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music took top prizes in the 2016 Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

  • Tim Cooley

Dr. Timothy Cooley, an alumnus of Northwestern University, took part in a workshop celebrating the recent opening of the new Ryan Center for the Musical Arts at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music on April 8, 2016. The event, entitled "Sounding Spaces: A Workshop on Music, Urban Space, Landscape, and Architecture," featured faculty from the Bienen School of Music and visiting scholars from UCLA, Princeton, and Tulane University. Each speaker discussed a particular aspect of sound and space, with topics cutting across centuries, geographies, and genres.


  • Timboctou, 2012. Photo by Steven A. Gunther. Courtesy of CalArts Center for New Performance.

In her chapter titled “Re: Moving Bodies in the USA/Mexico drug /border /terror /cold wars,” Dr. Hellier-Tinoco engages performative writing and analytical strategies to examine notions of corporeality in relation to multiple wars.

Timboctou, 2012. Photo by Steven A. Gunther. Courtesy of CalArts Center for New Performance.

  • Juliet Powar and Dr. Linda DiFiore. Photo by Matt Perko.

UCSB's alumni publication, Coastlines, recently featured an article outlining the audition process for the performing arts at UCSB. Click to read the full story, which highlights auditions at the Departments of Music, and Theater and Dance.

Photo by Matt Perko.

  • James Conlon with the five judges.

UCSB voice faculty member, Dr. Linda Di Fiore, recently served as a judge for the Ziering-Conlon Initiative 2015 Art Song Competition. The competition was created by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School and James Conlon, Artistic Advisor. This Colburn Conservatory initiative was inspired by LA Opera’s groundbreaking "Recovered Voices" project at the LA Opera.

  • James Revell Carr


James Revell Carr, UCSB Department of Music alumnus and Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), was recently awarded the Alan P. Merriam Prize for Outstanding Book (2014-2015) by the Society for Ethnomusicology. Dr. Carr’s book, Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels, explores Hawaiian music aboard American and European ships and in the islands, revealing the ways both maritime commerce and imperial confrontation facilitated the circulation of Hawaiian popular music in the nineteenth century. The book, published in 2014, is Dr. Carr’s first, as well as the first publication in the University of Illinois Press’ Music in American Life series to discuss the music of Hawaiʻi.


  • Jazz Combos

UCSB student Kevin Hakimi (bass), along with Cambria Metzinger (voice) of SBCC, were awarded the two top prizes at the 2016 SB Jazz Society Scholarship Competition.

April 2016

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