UCSB Department of Music Events


Undergraduate Advising
Heidi Dinnogen
(805) 893-5672

Graduate Advising
Carly Yartz
(805) 893-4603

Event Calendar

UCSB Amplified

UCSB Amplified

Music takes center stage with UCSB Amplified, a new performance series featuring UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, staff and even alumni. Live-recorded mini-concerts showcase UCSB's exceptional and diverse music scene. To view the weekly concert releases and to sign up visit our Tumblr page.

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Featured Faculty

  1. October 19, 2018
Jennifer Kloetzel (photo by Gregory Goode)Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel recently joined the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music faculty as an assistant professor. Having concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as both a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Kloetzel brings with her decades of experience and serves as a valuable resource to not only her own cello students but many students within the Chamber Music and Strings programs at UCSB. Ms. Kloetzel continues to maintain a vibrant career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing classics by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dvořák alongside newly commissioned works by Elena Ruehr, Daniel Asia, George Tsontakis, and Jennifer Higdon, to name a few. This coming weekend, Ms. Kloetzel will give the world premiere of a new concerto for cello by Lee Actor, commissioned by the Palo Alto Philharmonic. Ms. Kloetzel has taken the time to answer some questions about the process behind commissioning original works and her love for new music. Read more...


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Students from the Santa Barbara High School Theatre program will present excerpts from the musical In the Heights as part of the World Music Series on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 12 pm in the UCSB Music Bowl. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton), the musical is set in the Latino-dominated neighborhood of Washington Heights, NYC. Directed by UCSB alumnus Otto Layman, Santa Barbara High School's production runs November 2-11 and features Music Direction by UCSB Music faculty member Jon Nathan and Vocal Direction by UCSB alumnus Sio Tepper. Copresented by the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music and the UCSB MultiCultural Center. 
  1. Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 12:00pm


Keith Colclough
UCSB alumnus Keith Colclough ‘15 was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera at Pepperdine University. Dr. Colclough’s duties include stage direction, musical preparation, repertoire selection, and casting for the Flora Thornton Opera Program’s annual production. Read more...

It's on us!

The UCSB Department of Music proudly announces FREE ADMISSION to UCSB students for select events from our Concert Series. Present your UCSB student ID at the door, and gain access to events ranging from classical to world music.
The following concerts are FREE to UCSB students:
Percussion Ensemble 
Music of India Ensemble
Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) 
Gospel Choir
Wind Ensemble
Gamelan Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players 
Jazz Ensemble 
UCSB students with ID do not need to purchase advance tickets, but please keep in mind that free seating is limited and preference will be given to ticket holders in the event of a sold-out show.


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The Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music and the UCSB MultiCultural Center have teamed up to present weekly FREE concerts of some of the best world music performers on the Central Coast. Performances happen every Wednesday during the quarter at noon in the UCSB Music Bowl (located in the Music Building courtyard).

View a current listing of World Music Series events here.