Department of Music

Department of Music

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From an institution that began life dedicated to training the next generation of music educators, to what is now a fully established research and professional graduate program, graduates of the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music have distinguished themselves both nationally and internationally. Many have gone on to teaching, either privately or in outstanding secondary school positions, and in more recent years, graduates have joined the faculties of major colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. A number have become widely recognized and published scholars; some are now prize-winning and frequently performed composers, while others are writing for television and film. Alumni are also establishing fine reputations as conductors of orchestras, opera, and choruses. Graduates of the instrumental programs have gone on to solo and orchestral careers with leading orchestras, and our singers can be heard in opera companies around the world.

Upcoming Events

Music by Elena Ruehr

UCSB Music faculty members will present works by composer Elena Ruehr, including two world premieres, on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann...

1/24 7:30pm
Faculty Artist Recital: Wesley Arai, Carillon

UC Santa Barbara University Carillonist Wesley Arai will present a recital from the carillon in UC Santa Barbara's Storke Tower on Sunday, January 26, 2020...

1/26 2pm
Santa Barbara-Kotor Sister City Recital

In celebration of the collaboration between the Santa Barbara-Kotor, Montenegro Sister City program and the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music, alumni...

1/31 12:30pm
UCSB Percussion Ensemble

Under the direction of Jon Nathan, the UCSB Percussion Ensemble will present contemporary works and transcriptions for percussion solo and ensemble on...

2/5 7:30pm
Professor Jill Felber

UC Santa Barbara Professor of Flute Jill Felber will present a chamber music concert, titled “Fantasy," with oboist Thomas Gallant and pianist Dianne Frazer...

2/9 2pm

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