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Congratulations UCSB 2020 Graduates
 
Congratulations to our 2020 graduating undergraduate students! We could not be more proud of you all for your dedication, creativity, and perseverance during this unprecedented time. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for you! Read more...
 
  • Nicole Lamartine
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music has appointed Dr. Nicole Lamartine as Teaching Professor and Sorensen Director of Choral Music, beginning Fall 2020. As the Sorensen Director of Choral Music, Dr. Lamartine will conduct the flagship choir, the UCSB Chamber Choir, integrate relevancy into graduate choral studies for 21st century conductors, and teach studio conducting and voice. Dr. Lamartine will also oversee the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in Choral Conducting, an emphasis that has not been available to incoming students for several years. Read more...
 
 
  • Clara Pitsker
UC Santa Barbara undergraduate student Clara Pitsker has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Founded in 1776, the invitation-only society recognizes exceptional academic achievement in the arts and sciences and maintains 290 chapters at American colleges and universities. Read more...
 
 
  • Michael Vitalino
UC Santa Barbara Theory alumnus Michael Vitalino ‘14 was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Counterpoint, and Tonal Analysis. Read more...
 
  • William Geiler and Raphael Radna
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music announces undergraduate student William Geiler and graduate student Raphael Radna as the 2020 Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Award recipients. The annual awards recognize excellence in music composition at UC Santa Barbara, 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. Read more...
 
  • HOCKET (photo by Nadine Sherman)
UC Santa Barbara Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Composition Sarah Gibson was awarded a UC Santa Barbara Faculty Research Grant for the 2020-2021 academic year. Gibson, co-founder of the Los Angeles-based new music piano duo HOCKET, was awarded the funding to record HOCKET’s debut album, And the River, with her duo partner, pianist and composer Thomas Kotcheff. Read more...
 
  • Nick Norton (photo by Brandon Rolle)
UC Santa Barbara Composition Alumnus Nick Norton ‘18 recently released a new album, Lake Village Inn West, to benefit the Equal Sound Coronavirus Relief Fund. Described by Norton as “a collection of B-sides and rarities, gems mined under medical house arrest, and a stunningly subpar MIDI realization of a deeply beloved John Cage piece,” the album is now available on all platforms. All proceeds from sales on Bandcamp will be donated directly to the Los Angeles-based non-profit Equal Sound, for which Norton serves as Artistic Director. Read more...
 
  • Derek Katz
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music announces the release of the second episode in its new podcast series, Through My Ears. The episode stars Derek Katz, Associate Professor of Musicology, and is hosted by Timothy Bausch, a PhD candidate in theory. They discuss how the field of musicology is changing, advocacy and public engagement, and Katz’s current research on Ellen Stone, the first female to ever be included in a brass section of a symphonic body not composed exclusively of women. As Katz puts it, “…having a 20-year-old woman playing a brass instrument at the front of a section in a major symphony orchestra… was literally national news.” Read more...
  • Jonathan Moerschel
UC Santa Barbara Lecturer and violist Jonathan Moerschel was recently featured as a member of the Calder Quartet during the 2020 Ojai Music Festival, which took place virtually from Thursday, June 11th to Sunday, June 14th. In the absence of an in-person festival, the virtual festival featured pre-recorded conversations and performances by artists and composers that would have performed or had their music performed live at this year’s festival, such as Ensemble intercontemporain, the Calder Quartet, composers Olga Neuwirth and Steve Reich, as well as Music Director Matthias Pintscher. The organization released a curated list of links to videos and audio recordings for each day of the festival, which included recordings of John Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts and Charles Ives’ String Quartet No. 2 by the Calder Quartet. Read more...
 
  • Valdis Jansons (photo by Roberto Recanatesi)
UC Santa Barbara graduate students Valdis Jansons (baritone) and Erik Lawrence (piano) will present a virtual concert in partnership with Quarantine Concerts and the Verbier Festival on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 9 am PST. The program will include works by Modest Mussorgsky, Henri Duparc, Roger Quilter, Ernesto De Curtis, Salvatore Cardillo, and Enrico Cannio. The duo will perform live from St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Santa Barbara, CA. Read more...