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UCSB Women's Chorus
On December 7, 2019 at 8 pm, members of the UCSB Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus will be featured in the Holiday Pops Concert with the Santa Barbara Symphony at the historic and beautiful Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. This incredible opportunity and collaboration will see our talented choirs perform timeless and popular holiday arrangements alongside Broadway star Christiane Noll and guest conductor Andy Einhorn. Read more...
  • János Benyus with Dr. Steven Gross and fellow juror Bill VerMeulen
Professor Steven Gross served as Executive Director and Juror at the International Horn Competition of America over Labor Day weekend. The Professional Division winner, János Benyus, is Principal Horn of the Hungarian State Opera. The competition is held every two years, and its venue is at different universities in the United States. Read more...
  • Dr. John Ballerino
An accomplished speaker and performer of Spanish and Latin American music, Dr. John Ballerino, a Continuing Lecturer in the Voice and Keyboard programs at UC Santa Barbara, is known for his contributions to Spanish opera. Dr. Ballerino has served as Spanish diction coach and pianist for productions by the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, among others. Most recently, Dr. Ballerino was hired during Fall Quarter 2018 and Winter Quarter 2019 as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he coached students ahead of the university’s November 2019 world premiere production of the contemporary Spanish opera, Juana. Dr. Ballerino coached students on diction (pronunciation of words while singing) and assisted with both text and musical editing. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco at conference
Professor Ruth Hellier-Tinoco has had a busy summer with conference presentations and book promotions at three major conferences in Mexico and the USA. In June, Dr. Hellier-Tinoco participated in the 2019 Congress or Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NYU), themed The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance, which was held at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City. At this nine-day event, Dr. Hellier-Tinoco presented her book titled Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments [in Mexico]Read more...
  • Dr. Sarah Gibson
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music and College of Creative Studies have appointed Dr. Sarah Gibson as Teaching Professor in Composition beginning Fall of 2019. An accomplished composer and pianist, Dr. Gibson comes to UC Santa Barbara with extensive teaching experience as a Lecturer in Composition, Theory and Analysis at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, through a partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program (2014-present), and at the Colburn School (2018-19), where she taught classes in music theory. As a composer and pianist, she has collaborated with organizations and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and has been recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as “a serious talent to watch.” Read more...
  • 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...
 
  • 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...