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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  • World Music Series
Led by Juan Zaragoza, Mariachi Las Olas de SB will present a program featuring music that celebrates the flora and fauna found in songs from Latin American cultures. For example, the moon, especially full moons, is a key protagonist in popular songs in Mexican, Mexican-American, and some Latin American cultures. Sones and corridos about cows, bulls, and horses are also an important part of the canon or collection of mariachi songs. The group will also present boleros and other mariachi favorites. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12 pm in the UCSB Music Bowl. Copresented by the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music and the UCSB MultiCultural Center. 
  1. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 12:00pm


Kara Covey

Soprano Kara Covey ‘14 recently won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Puerto Rico District. Kara will advance to the Gulf Coast Region Finals on Sunday, January 27th in New Orleans, LA, where she will compete for the opportunity to participate in the National Council Auditions Finals in New York in March. The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which take place in 41 districts and 12 regions throughout the US and Canada, are some of the most prestigious competitions in the world of Classical voice and have helped to launch the careers of numerous opera stars such as Renée Fleming, Kathleen Battle, Thomas Hampson, and the UCSB Department of Music’s very own Associate Professor of Voice, Isabel Bayrakdarian. 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.