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Dr. Jeremy Haladyna

UC Santa Barbara Faculty Emeritus Dr. Jeremy Haladyna announced the release of his third album, Pok-ta-Pok: Sky Games from the Mayan Cycle, via Centaur Records in early April 2021. It is available now for purchase and download from all major outlets, including Naxos, Apple Music, Spotify, and more. The album features all original music by Haladyna, with performances by UC Santa Barbara Professor of Flute Jill Felber, alumna vocalist Allison Bernal (Bachelor of Music, 2011), and cellist Virginia Kron, who has appeared as a guest soloist at UC Santa Barbara’s Primavera Festival. Read more...
 
  • Wallace Umber
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music regretfully shares the news of the passing of Wallace Umber (1924-January 28, 2021), an accomplished UC Santa Barbara graduate. He was an important participant during the beginning of the Music Department at UC Santa Barbara, which was formerly part of Santa Barbara State College. Wallace was a leading trumpet student, and often toured California with brass ensembles under conductor Professor Maurice Faulkner. In his later years at the Samarkand retirement community in Santa Barbara, he often spoke about his experiences during presentations by UCSB brass musicians. Read more...
 
  • Dariush Derakhshani
Hosted annually by the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music, the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Awards recognize excellence in Music Composition, and are open to all UC Santa Barbara undergraduate and graduate student music majors in the Department of Music, the College of Creative Studies, and the Media Arts and Technology Program. The 2021 Awards included four categories: Work for Large Ensemble, Work for Chamber Ensemble, Electronic/Audio-visual Work, plus a special category for Works for Marimba and Bass Clarinet, to be premiered by the duo Transient Canvas. Read more...
 
  • Jennifer Kloetzel
UC Santa Barbara Professor of Cello Jennifer Kloetzel has been invited to serve as the American adjudicator for the 2nd World Cello E-Competition, organized by the Napolinova music association. Established to provide young artists with an opportunity to showcase their talents on a world-stage during this quarantine time, the competition is open to musicians from across the globe. For the second year in a row, Kloetzel will serve as one of three international judges, including Catalin Ilea (University of the Arts; Berlin, Germany) and Kyungok Park (Hanyang University; Seoul, South Korea). Fifteen scholarship prizes will be awarded and the winners will be promoted through radio broadcasts, social media, and eventually live concerts. Read more...
 
  • João Pedro Oliveira
UC Santa Barbara Corwin Chair of Composition João Pedro Oliveira received a €40,000 grant from the Portuguese Ministry of Culture to compose and produce an electroacoustic/visual-music opera based on the Book of Daniel in the Bible. Read more...
 
  • Brandon J. Rolle
UC Santa Barbara Composition alumnus Dr. Brandon J. Rolle’s debut album, Glitch Portraiture, will be released by Arpaviva Recordings in November 2021. The album is being produced through support from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University and the Arpaviva Foundation. Read more...
 
  • William Bolcom in rehearsal with Professor Steven Gross and American Double (violinist Phil Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse) at the Gilmore Festival
UC Santa Barbara Professor of Horn Dr. Steven Gross has been awarded a contract by Naxos Records to release the premiere recording of William Bolcom’s Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano. Professor Gross partnered with American Double—violinist Phil Ficsor, based in Denver, and pianist Constantine Finehouse, from Boston—for the recording, which will be released in November 2021. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hambleton on Mt. McKay in Victoria, Australia while she was taking a field recording class with the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture in June 2019
UC Santa Barbara alumna Dr. Elizabeth Hambleton ‘20 was recently appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. For the semester-long appointment, Hambleton is teaching post-tonal theory, which is the capstone class to the four-semester theory sequence for the music majors, as well as an introduction to sound art and soundwalking, which is a more hands-on / "ears-open" class designed for non-majors of all musical and artistic background. Read more...
 
  • Jon Nathan and Sio Tepper
UC Santa Barbara Continuing Lecturer and alumnus Dr. Jon Nathan (Doctor of Musical Arts, 1998) and alumna Sio Tepper ‘14 received recognition during the 2020 BroadwayWorld Theatre Awards of the Decade Santa Barbara Regional Awards for their work with the Santa Barbara High School Theatre Program. Nominations for the awards were submitted by members of the BroadwayWorld community and winners were selected by popular vote. Read more...
 
  • Valdis Jansons
Latvian baritone Valdis Jansons, a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Voice at UC Santa Barbara, was featured in Opera Oviedo’s production of Georges Bizet’s three-act opera Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) in Oviedo, Spain earlier this year. The production premiered on January 25, 2021 and ran through February 6, 2021, and featured Jansons in the role of Zurga. Read more...