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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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UCSB Department of Music Events


UCSB Opera Theatre's production of The Barber of Seville. Photo by Tony Mastres.

UCSB Opera Theatre will present excerpts from three operas selected as finalists for the National Opera Association’s Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. The event is one of the highlights of the National Opera Association’s annual convention, which will be held at the Fess Parker Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara from January 4-8, 2017. The performance will be attended by over 200 members of the National Opera Association, with an additional 100 seats available to the public.

The Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition encourages the composition and performance of short operas especially useful in opera workshops and other training venues, and runs in two-year cycles. The 2016-2018 finalists include After Life by Tom Cipullo (composer) and David Mason (librettist); Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain by Jeremy Gill (composer & librettist), based on a play by Don Nigro; and The Scarecrow by Joseph Turrin (composer) and Bernard Stambler (librettist). Following UCSB Opera Theatre’s performance of scenes from each of the three operas, a panel of internationally renowned judges will select the winner. The winning opera will then be performed in its entirety at the National Opera Association convention the following year. 

  1. January 6, 2017 - 7:30pm


UCSB composition graduate student Nick Norton. Photo by Lindsey Best.

UCSB graduate composition student Nick Norton has joined the faculty at Chapman University's Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Norton, a doctoral candidate at UCSB, is finishing up his first quarter as a Lecturer at Chapman University, where he teaches classes in aural skills. In addition to teaching at Chapman and serving as a teaching assistant at UCSB, Mr. Norton performs as a guitarist, is co-artistic director of Equal Sound, founder and editor of the blog New Classic LA, and is a member of Synchromy. He holds degrees from UC San Diego and King’s College London. As a graduate student at UCSB, Mr. Norton has studied with Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, and Joel Feigin.

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 events are FREE to UCSB students:
Percussion Ensemble Concert
ECM Concert 
University Wind Ensemble
Orchestra / Chamber Players Concert
Jazz Ensemble Concert
Music of India Concert 
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.

World Music Series

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.