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 Robert Koenig, 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. Pianist Dianne Frazer will also take the stage with Ms. Felber for a performance of selections from their duo CD, Fusion. Flutist Claudia Anderson will join Ms. Felber to complete the ZAWA! duo, with performances of Cynthia Folio’s two flute and piano piece, Z3, and Jennifer Higdon’s running the edGE. Additional guests to be announced.

  1. October 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Summer Festival poster

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music presents its first-ever Summer Festival on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 4-9 p.m., in partnership with the UCSB College of Creative Studies and the UCSB Multicultural Center. The festival will focus on diversity by combining world-class contemporary music ensembles with Afro-Cuban and indie artists. The main artists’ performances and workshops will be intermingled with pop-up impromptu performances at non-conventional venues throughout the campus. Admission is free to all events! This event is made possible by the generous support of the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions

  1. September 1, 2016 -
    4:00pm to 9:00pm
  • 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
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian

Grammy Award-winning soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian hosts a master class at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. This event is Dr. Bayrakdarian's first public master class as Assistant Professor of Voice at UCSB. 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. The class is open to California residents ages 17-23. To apply to perform in the master class, please click here. Auditing of the class is open to the public, with free admission.

  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
  • UCSB Middle East Ensemble

Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present their annual fall concert on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.

  1. November 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • UCSB Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players will present their annual fall concert on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of undergraduate and graduate music students from the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion programs. Winners of the quarterly UCSB Chamber Music Competition will perform as the UCSB Chamber Players, and open the first half of the concert.

  1. November 28, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Jazz guitarist

The UCSB Jazz Combos, directed by Jon Nathan, will present their annual fall concert on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus.

  1. November 30, 2016 - 7:30pm


  • 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.

UCSB teams with MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation to engage the public in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Photo: Steve Hinkley, left, of MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, with UCSB’s JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, a professor of Media Arts and Technology and founder/director of the AlloSphere (pc Matt Perko).

  • Carol Joe

UCSB Department of Music alumna, Carol Joe (flute), recently won a position with the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." Ms. Joe, who completed her bachelor of music degree in 2012 while studying with Professor Jill Felber, took the time to answer a few questions about her new job, and share some of her favorite memories from her time at UCSB.

  • Carly Yartz

Congratulations to Carly Yartz, the Department of Music’s Graduate Student Advisor, on her recent nomination for the Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award. This award honors UC staff members for their “exemplary commitment to students and contribution to the quality of life” at the university.

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