News & Events


  • Nick Mazuk
Undergraduate student trombonist Nick Mazuk will present a junior recital with pianists Dr. John Ballerino (UCSB faculty member) and Jarod Fedele on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11 am in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will feature Henri Dutilleux's Choral, cadence et fugato for trombone and piano; Alexey Lebedev's Concert Allegro; Jules Massenet's "Meditation" from Thaïs (arranged by Mr. Mazuk); and Eric Ewazen's Sonata for trombone and piano.
  1. Monday, May 28, 2018 - 11:00am
  • Brian O'Donnell
Brian O'Donnell,  2nd LT, United States Air Force Academy Band Flight Commander and Associate Conductor, will present a masterclass and clinic on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 12-1:20 pm in Music Room 1145. Mr. O'Donnell received a Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition from UC Santa Barbara in 2014, where he studied horn with Dr. Steven Gross, and music composition with Dr. Leslie Hogan and Dr. Jeremy Haladyna. 
  1. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • World Music Series spring banner
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 12 pm in the UCSB Music Bowl as part of the World Music Series. The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.
  1. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:00pm
  • David Kasunic
Dr. David Kasunic, Associate Professor of Music History at Occidental College, will present a lecture titled "Chopin Hero" on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 3:30-4:45 pm in Music Room 1145 as part of the Music History and Theory Forum. In his 1905 monograph Frédéric Chopin, Hugo Leichtentritt reproduced, in its entirety, Robert Schumann’s review of Chopin’s Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35, in order to endorse Schumann’s general assessment of Chopin—that he could not handle large forms, that Chopin was and would remain a miniaturist. But in his 1921-22 Analyse des Chopin’schen Klavierwerke, Leichtentritt revised his opinion of Chopin’s Op. 35 to such an extent that he contributed to a larger reassessment of Chopin’s sonatas and handling of large forms. What accounts for Leichtentritt’s dramatic change of opinion? Dr. Kasunic's paper answers this question by examining the role that the writings of Heinrich Schenker played in the larger music-cultural reevaluation of Chopin’s art in the early decades of the twentieth century.
  1. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
  • Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM). Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Directed by Jeremy Haladyna, the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) will present its annual spring concert on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Titled "The Thing Possessed", the program will feature works by Hans Werner Henze, André Jolivet, Stephen Hartke, Katherine Hoover, William Bolcom, Richard Orton, Henri Dutilleux, Alvin Lucier, and two world premieres of works by UCSB graduate composition students Scott Perry and M.D. Owensby. 


  1. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 5:30pm
  • John Scoville
Pianist John Scoville will present a DMA lecture recital celebrating the French violin-piano sonatas of the First World War on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall. The sonatas for violin and piano written by French composers during the First World War collectively represent a confluence of styles and techniques, with composers both looking forward and paying homage to the past and present. Works discussed/performed are by Milhaud, Honegger, Debussy, and Fauré. Mr. Scoville is honored to be joined by violinists Nicole McKenzie and Mary Beth Woodruff.  
  1. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 7:30pm
  • Jack Cozen Harel
Oboist Jack Cozen Harel will present a masterclass with students from the UCSB Oboe Studio on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 3-5 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall.
  1. Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Katrina Agate (cello) and Ariella Mak-Neiman (piano)
Graduate pianist Ariella Mak-Neiman will present a D.M.A. recital, featuring guest cellist Katrina Agate, on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Program to include Johannes Brahms's Drei Intermezzi for Solo Piano, Op. 117, César Franck's Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata in d minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40. 
  1. Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 7:00pm
  • Chamber Choir. Photo by Tony Mastres.
For their Spring 2018 Concert, the UCSB Chamber Choir, under the direction of Grey Brothers, and the UCSB Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Tyler Reece, will perform classics and recent works by North American composers on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State St.). The Women's Chorus program will include a world-premiere of one song from Monochromes by LA-based composer Daniel Kessner, two pieces from An Emily Dickinson Suite by Santa Barbara icon and UCSB Professor Emeritus Emma Lou Diemer, and Days of Beauty by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo. Advocating the works of living female composers, the program will also feature works by Susan LaBarr, Abbie Betinis, and Moira Smiley. The Chamber Choir will sing such choral classics as William Billings' Creation, Randall Thompson's Alleluia, Alice Parker's Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, and Moses Hogan's Didn't my Lord Deliver Daniel? The program will also include works by current choral composers Eric Whitacre and Stephen Paulus; a highlight will be Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon's Deep in the Night.
  1. Friday, June 1, 2018 - 7:30pm
  • Middle East Ensemble. Photo by Tony Mastres.
Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present its annual spring concert on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The program will feature Special Guest Besnik Yzeiri (first-year DMA student from Albania specializing in viola), who will lead the Ensemble in his own composition featuring a medley of melodies from Albania, Serbia, Turkey, Greece, and Macedonia. The Ensemble will also present a suite of songs from Iraq, featuring two unique Iraqi rhythms, jurjuna and chobi, Sam Khattar as solo vocalist, and the Ensemble’s chorus. Additionally, Hala Abdul-Baki will present a famous 1944 song by the Syrian-Egyptian singer, Asmahan; Andrea Fishman will present a Sephardic song from Greece; the Ensemble as a whole will perform a beloved Moroccan song from the famed group Nass al-Ghiwane; and Eric Ederer, Jim Grippo, Fred Nadis, and others will present instrumental solos. As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Armenian, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Turkish cultures, with solo vocals by Sam Khattar and Varduhi Sargsyan and choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Ahmet Luleci, and Jatila van der Veen. Finally, Cris! Basimah, the Director of the Ensemble's Dance Company, will present a rousing solo dance finale.


  1. Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 7:30pm