Corwin Chair Series

The Corwin Chair presents a series of engaging concerts and lectures each quarter, with performances and topics ranging from live experimental/improvisatory electronic music to the conversion of DNA sequences into sound. 

Spring 2021

Corwin Chair Series Lecture: "Using the Creative Process as a Computational Framework for Unfolding Complex Systems" (JoAnn Kuchera-Morin)

Friday, April 9, 2021 | 11 am PDT | Virtual Event | Free and open to the public
Zoom link: | Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807
Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin Composer, Director, and Chief Scientist of the AlloSphere Research Facility (, is Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on creative computational systems, multi-modal media content, and facilities design. Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California—the Digital Media Innovation Program. The culmination of her creativity and research is the AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter, 3-story high metal sphere inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets.

Corwin Chair Series Lecture: A Discussion and Coaching with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Caroline Shaw

Friday, April 30, 2021 | 11 am-12:30 pm PDT | Virtual Event | Free and open to the public
Zoom link:  | Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807 | Passcode: Corwin
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Caroline Shaw, will join the Corwin Chair Series via Zoom to discuss her musical background, current projects, and hold a Q & A. Following the discussion, she will coach a UCSB undergraduate string quartet on her piece entr'acte. Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, Juilliard 415, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry. 

Corwin Chair Series Lecture: Multi-Layered Ethnic and Cultural Influences in my Musical Compositions (Kee Yong Chong)

Friday, May 14, 2021 | 6 pm PDT | Virtual Event | Free and open to the public
Zoom link:  | Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807 | Passcode: Corwin
Dr. Kee Yong Chong, one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary music composers, possesses one of the most exciting voices in new music today. Indeed, his work has been hailed as “imaginative and poetic” by leading conductor-composer Peter Eötvös, and as “very inventive and artistically pure” by composer Jonathan Harvey. The uniqueness of his music stems not only from a rich palette of sounds, but his experimentation into traditions, infusing his own Chinese and multi-cultural Malaysian heritage into his work.
Friday, June 4, 2021 | 11 am PDT | Virtual Event | Free and open to the public
Zoom link:  | Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807 | Passcode: Corwin
Born in 1944 in Mar del Plata (Argentina), Elsa Justel obtained a Professor Diploma in Music Education and Choral Conducting at the Conservatory of Mar del Plata. She studied composition at the University of Rosario with Virtú Maragno and electroacoustic music in Buenos Aires with José Maranzano and Francisco Kröpfl.

Corwin Series Concert - Synesthesias - New Music at UCSB 2: Graduates

Friday, June 4, 2021 | 6 pm PDT | Virtual Event | Free and open to the public
YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music's YouTube Channel 
Direct link to YouTube Premiere available on the event page the week of the event
The Department of Music will present a virtual Corwin Series Concert, "Synesthesias - New Music at UCSB 2: Graduates," as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music's YouTube channel. The spring Corwin Series program will showcase recent multimedia, mixed, and acousmatic works written within the last year by UC Santa Barbara Composition graduate students. The concert will feature works by Drew Flieder, Raphael Radna, Rodney DuPlessis, Mathew Owensby, Alexandra Jones, Dariush Derakhshani, Kramer Elwell, Stewart Engart, and Mason Hock.