News & Events


  • Jazz Ensemble (guitar)

The UCSB Jazz Ensemble presents music for large and small ensembles in the funk, rock, and fusion styles. Included on the program are Chris Walden’s “This Is Not For You,” Maceo Parker’s (of James Brown Fame) “Uptown Up,” and Gordon Goodwin’s curiously titled “Hot Monkey Love.” Join us for a great night of modern music! Photo by Matt Perko.

  1. June 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • "To Pastures New" by James Guthrie (1883)

The University Chamber Orchestra will present its annual spring concert in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The ensemble is comprised of undergraduate and graduate music students from the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion programs. For this concert, the University Chamber Orchestra will perform one of the most magical orchestral works in the literature, Maurice Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite), and Beethoven's iconic Seventh Symphony. The first half of the concert will open with the winners of the UCSB Chamber Music Competition.

  1. May 23, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Carlos Itarralde

Composer Carlos Iturralde is inspired by concepts like impossibility and human error. His work, which includes instrumental, electronic, improvised, and interdisciplinary pieces, is a magnifying glass that provides a new context for every day life sound objects. Iturralde presents a supersonic review of his instrumental, electronic, mixed, and installation works, composed between 2005 and 2015, focusing on concepts like: perception of time, rhythm within pitch, intuition, error, acoustics, procedures, staging, and notation. Tuesday, May 24, 2016. 6 p.m. Studio Xenakis (Music Building Room 2215). Admission is free.

  1. May 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Gospel Choir

Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions. May 25, 2016. Noon. UCSB Music Bowl. Free. Presented by the UCSB Multicultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.

  1. May 25, 2016 - 12:00pm
  • Hector Berlioz

Synthesized and spatialized by Nick Norton, Marc Evans, Brandon Rolle, Scott Perry, Heena Yoon, and Dylan Meistrich, illuminated by Mason Hock, with software and technical assistance by Akshay Cadambi, Mason Hock, and Matthias Wagner after an idea by Clarence Barlow. Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Wednesday, May 25, 2016. 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

  1. May 25, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Wind Ensemble

The UCSB Wind Ensemble with Paul Bambach, Director, will present its Annual Spring Concert, entitled "Salute," on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The University Wind Ensemble will perform Eric Whitacre’s Ghost Train, Roger Cichy’s Divertimento for Winds and Percussion, and Frank Ticheli’s San Antonio Dances. The concert will also feature graduate assistant, Steven Cohen, conducting Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toccata Marziale. Rounding out the pre-Memorial Day concert will be Emblems by Aaron Copland, Sanctuary by Frank Ticheli, and American Salute by Morton Gould. Please join us for an evening of exciting wind ensemble music!

  1. May 26, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • French Horn

Students from the horn studio of Dr. Steven Gross will present a spring studio recital on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 12-1 p.m. in Music Room 1145. Admission is free.

  1. May 27, 2016 -
    12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Angel (photo by Black Ghost)

Directed by Michel Marc Gervais and Pascal Salomon, the UCSB Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus will present a joint concert at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101).

  1. May 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Tabla

The UCSB Music of India Ensemble, directed by Scott Marcus, will present a concert of Indian classical music on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus.

  1. June 2, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • music score

UCSB undergraduate student Andrew Manos (CCS Music Composition) will present a senior recital on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Admission is free.

  1. June 3, 2016 - 6:00pm


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UCSB Jazz (photo by Matt Perko)

"Thirty-two musicians and two vocalists were in rotation for this tribute to the great big band leader Count Basie. Basie once said the secret to swing was to “swing easy,” and director Jon Nathan led the ensembles with a Basie-esque light touch. Internal passion and power were not in short supply with these students — nor scope, for that matter. This program kept a brisk pace, knocking through nearly a dozen-and-a-half Basie favorites, including “April in Paris” as encore. Nathan has told me that the great pleasure of working with these students is their intelligence, well-rounded lives, and work-ethic. Music may not be their life focus — only a few are music majors — but they know how to throw themselves into a challenge. And they evidently love learning to swing."

May 2016

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Ruth Hellier-Tinoco 05/04/2016
05/20/2016 - 18:30
05/21/2016 - 19:30
05/26/2016 - 19:30
05/27/2016 -
12:00 to 13:00