Composition Forum: Dylan Meistrich, UCSB Graduate Composition Student

Event Date: 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Event Date Details: 

NOTE: Due to construction, Parking Lot 3 (nearest lot to Music Building) is not accessible from UCEN Road until mid-March. To access Parking Lot 3 if you are traveling from the roundabout (Steck Circle), please turn right onto Channel Islands Road and follow this road until you see the UCEN on your left. Parking Lot 3 should be directly in front of you.

Event Location: 

  • Studio Xenakis (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Scott Perry,

Every third Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm in Studio Xenakis, undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Music, as well as CCS and MAT students, are invited to participate in a gathering where composition students from the Department of Music will present their music. Community members are also welcome to attend. The Composition Forum is a means to foment discussion among composers about their works and and the aesthetic and philosophical implications of their works. After the Department of Music's two new graduate composers, Mason Hock and Dylan Meistrich, are welcomed, the forum will be organized around the presentation of works related to a given genera or composition topic. The Composition Program looks forward to hearing many new works and lively discussion.

Multi-faceted composer Dylan Meistrich grew up in Southern California, where at a very early age he made a name for himself playing guitar in several jazz and fusion groups across the area. By the time he was 16, he had already played all the notable venues in Los Angeles county, from the renowned Whiskey and House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, to the famed Baked Potato in North Hollywood. After graduating high school with a 4.3 GPA, Dylan was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he excelled as a film scoring and composition major, and eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Upon graduating Berklee, Dylan has been fortunate enough to pursue a very fast-moving career trajectory. Beginning as an intern for famed tv composer Shawn Clement (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek, etc.), Dylan eventually became manager of Shawn's studio offices at Paramount, and orchestrated several cues for his shows on truTV as well. This catapulted him into the the tv arena, where he has composed themes and underscore for several popular reality TV shows, from Ghosthunters to The Kardashians, as well as various music libraries and trailer houses. Along the way, Dylan has also had a very successful private guitar teaching career, with over 30 students under his tutelage at the moment.
Last year, Dylan was awarded a fellowship to study graduate composition at UCSB, where he is currently looking forward to premiering many new works and also push his own musicality to new and greater heights.
Dylan Meistrich (courtesy photo)