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Brandon J. Rolle

After many long months of planning with co-founder and conductor Vlad Vizireanu, UCSB Music alumnus Brandon J. Rolle (‘19, PhD Composition) has seen his concept of a new music training program for composers and performers come to life with the inaugural session of the Impulse New Music Festival, which began on August 5 on the UC Santa Barbara campus. Read more...
 
  • Timothy J. Cooley
Professor Timothy J. Cooley’s latest book, Cultural Sustainabilities: Music, Media, Language, Advocacy, was released in April 2019 by University of Illinois Press. The book⁠—which was edited by Cooley and contains a foreword by Jeff Todd Titon, Professor Emeritus at Brown University⁠—is “a daring interdisciplinary journey into the nexus of the humanities and ecological science.” Read more...
 
  • UCSB horn studio
Professor Steven Gross, Principal Horn of the 2019 Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, led the horn section of this professional ensemble with three UCSB Horn Studio alumni. Shown left to right are Kelley Coker Elliott (MM 2011), Julie Callahan Gross (MM 2004), Dr. Gross, and Eric Morin (BM 2014). At far right is Kelli Johannesen Reynolds (MM 2006), who visited the Festival, and is also a former hornist in the orchestra. Led by veteran American conductor James Paul, the orchestra performed music of Mozart, Stravinsky, Bizet, Bernstein, Prokofiev, Brahms, Sibelius, Fauré, Copland, and others, plus a world premiere by American composer Jake Runestad. Read more...
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian and Jonathan Moerschel
UCSB Associate Professor of Voice Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano) and faculty member Jonathan Moerschel (viola) will perform on the Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series’ 40th Season Gala Concert on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7 pm at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church in Los Olivos. The program will include gypsy songs and tangos, and will also feature pianist and SYVCS Artistic Director Dr. Robert Cassidy, as well as violinist Benjamin Jacobson from the Calder Quartet, of which Moerschel is also a member. Read more...
 
 
  • Julie Davies and Molly Clementz (Clementz photo by Zach Mendez)
Doctoral voice students Julie Davies (soprano) and Molly Clementz (mezzo-soprano) will perform at Lotusland’s annual fundraising event, Lotusland Celebrates: Memoirs of a Garden, on Saturday, July 27th in Montecito, CA. Purchased in 1941 by Madame Ganna Walska, Lotusland is home to over 3,000 rare and exotic plants from around the world, growing in 25 gardens across the 37-acre estate, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary as a public garden last summer. Read more...
 
  • Julie Davies
UC Santa Barbara Voice doctoral student Julie Davies was a featured soloist during the Opern Air Concert on Saturday, June 15th at the Staatspark Fürstenlager in Bensheim, Germany. Davies sang two arias: "Si, mi chiamano Mimi" from Puccini's La Bohème and "Dich theure Halle" from Wagner's Tannhäuser. Following these performances, the Bergsträßer Anzeiger noted that Davies “was beaming with a burning, colorful soprano.” Read more...
  • Jennifer Kloetzel
Cellist and UCSB Assistant Professor Jennifer Kloetzel is featured on two recent releases from Albany and Summit Records, showcasing works by American composers Richard Aldag and Daniel Asia. Albany Records’ April 2019 release, Richard Aldag: Broadway Boogie-Woogie, features Kloetzel on three pieces, including a cello duo with Jean-Michel Fonteneau (Due Celli); Arab Love Songs with soprano Marnie Breckenridge and pianist Hadley McCarroll; and Romance for cello and piano, also with McCarroll. This being the first recording of Aldag’s music, the album showcases a diverse collection of his chamber music, with works ranging from duos to small chamber ensembles with percussion, strings, and winds. Read more...
 
  • Tyler Reece (photo by Matthew Downey)
Voice student Tyler Reece has been named a recipient of the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which “recognizes graduate students who have shown excellence and gone above and beyond as teachers at UC Santa Barbara.” Reece was selected as one of three recipients in the humanities, and one of only nine students campus-wide. A doctoral candidate in Voice, he was nominated for his work as Director of the UCSB Women’s Chorus, a group which he has conducted as a Teaching Assistant for the past three years. Read more...