UCSB Department of Music Events


Undergraduate Advising
Heidi Dinnogen
(805) 893-5672

Graduate Advising
Carly Yartz
(805) 893-4603

Event Calendar

UCSB Amplified

UCSB Amplified

Music takes center stage with UCSB Amplified, a new performance series featuring UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, staff and even alumni. Live-recorded mini-concerts showcase UCSB's exceptional and diverse music scene. To view the weekly concert releases and to sign up visit our Tumblr page.

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  • ~Nois (photo by Nick Zoulek)
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present a guest artist recital with ~Nois on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will include works by A.J. McCaffrey, Viet Cuong, Emma O'Halloran, and Pauline Oliveros, plus a work by Gemma Peacocke written for ~Nois. The ensemble is a Chicago-based saxophone quartet that defies categorization by working between the boundary of contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation. This event is co-sponsored by the UCSB College of Creative Studies and the Department of Music.
  1. Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Joao Pedro Oliveira

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music has appointed Dr. João Pedro Oliveira as Corwin Chair of Composition beginning January 2020. A native of Portugal, Oliveira brings a varied and dynamic background in composition, music theory, organ performance, and architecture, with a 30-year teaching career that includes positions at Aveiro University and the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In his new role at UC Santa Barbara, Oliveira will serve as the Head of the Composition Program and will teach courses in composition, electroacoustic music, visual music, and contemporary techniques. Read more...

It's on us!

The UCSB Department of Music proudly announces FREE ADMISSION to UCSB students for select events from our Concert Series. Present your UCSB student ID at the door, and gain access to events ranging from classical to world music.
The following concerts are FREE to UCSB students:
Percussion Ensemble 
Music of India Ensemble
Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) 
Gospel Choir
Wind Ensemble
Gamelan Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players 
Jazz Ensemble 
UCSB students with ID do not need to purchase advance tickets, but please keep in mind that free seating is limited and preference will be given to ticket holders in the event of a sold-out show.


World Music Series banner

The Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music and the UCSB MultiCultural Center have teamed up to present weekly FREE concerts of some of the best world music performers on the Central Coast. Performances happen every Wednesday during the quarter at noon in the UCSB Music Bowl (located in the Music Building courtyard).

View a current listing of World Music Series events here.