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Isabel Bayrakdarian (photo by Dario Acosta)
UCSB Assistant Professor of Voice Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian has been nominated for a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) in the Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral) category for her album Mother of Light: Armenian hymns & chants in praise of Mary with Coro Vox Aeterna! Dr. Bayrakdarian is a four-time winner and seven-time Juno Award-nominee. Her albums Mozart: Arie e Duetti (2007), Viardot-Garcia: Lieder Chansons Canzone Mazurkas (2006), Cleopatra (2005), and Azulão (2004), have all won Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral). The 2018 Juno Award winners will be announced on Sunday, March 25th. Read more...
  • Zach Mendez (photo by Jonas Jungblut)
Tenor Zachary Mendez (MM student) and mezzo-soprano Alexandria Jackson (BM student) were recently selected as two of three winners for the California Women's Chorus Vocal Music Scholarship Competition. Both are members of Dr. Linda Di Fiore's studio. The third winner, soprano Christy Peterson, is a private student of Dr. Di Fiore. All three students will receive $2,000 and will perform two pieces on the California Women's Chorus concert on April 29 in Whittier, CA. 
  • Vlad Vizireanu
Vlad Vizireanu, conductor of the UCSB Chamber Orchestra, has been selected as one of 24 candidates (from 566 worldwide applicants) to participate in the Malko Competition in Copenhagen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in April 2018. Participants must advance through three rounds of the competition to earn one of three finalist spots in the finale concert, where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. Mr. Vizireanu recently made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as one of three finalists in the 2016 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, and was also the Second Prize winner in the 11th International Cadaqués Conducting Competition in 2014. He has studied with David Zinman, Kurt Masur, and Bernhard Haitink at the Lucerne Easter Festivals and received the prestigious Chautauqua Conducting Fellowship in 2013.
  • Stephanie Choi
Ethnomusicology graduate student Stephanie Choi was recently featured in a Korea Times article comparing the rise of K-pop in the U.S. to the 1960s “British Invasion.” Ms. Choi, who specializes in the global circulation of K-pop, weighed in on the effect technology and social media, particularly YouTube, have had on the success of bands like BTS and 2NE1. Read more...
  • Benjamin Levy (photo by Eric Isaacs)

 

UCSB Associate Professor of Music Dr. Benjamin Levy was recently interviewed by Tom Jacobs of the Santa Barbara Independent about  upcoming performances that will feature the music of György Ligeti. The first concert will take place on Friday, January 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre, where Camerata Pacifica will play the composer’s Horn Trio, along with music of Beethoven, Britten, and Bartók. The Parker Quartet will perform Ligeti’s first String Quartet on Thursday, January 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Dr. Levy released his first book, Metamorphosis in Music: The Compositions of György Ligeti in the 1950s and 1960s, this past fall. Read more...
 
  • Curtis Roads NOTAM 2017
Professor Curtis Roads was recently invited to Norway to give a three-day workshop on composing electronic music. The workshop was organized by NOTAM, the Norwegian Center for Music Technology and Art, Oslo. Attended by twelve participants, all with advanced knowledge of the field including two professors, the workshop featured lectures by Roads with many sound and video examples. Presentations by participants also highlighted their experiences. The event culminated in a concert of electronic music by Roads, featuring videos by his longtime artistic collaborator, Brian O’Reilly (LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore). Roads then traveled to Bergen for another concert at the Lydgalleriet, an exhibition space for sound art with an extraordinary sound system. Read more...
  • Alice Chung

UCSB Music alumna Alice Chung (Music Minor/BA Sociology ‘14), a former student of Dr. Linda Di Fiore, spent the summer of 2017 performing in San Francisco with the Merola Opera Program as a 2017 Merola Artist. The mezzo-soprano shared some of her favorite memories from the summer and gave us an inside look at the audition process for this prestigious program. Read more...

 
  • Byron Mayes (Zach Mendez)
Current students and alumni from the UCSB Voice Program have recently won positions with prestigious opera artist programs and have been named finalists in some of the country’s major voice competitions. Byron Mayes, Tyler Reece, Kara Smoot (MM ‘14), Adam Bradley (MM ‘16), and Alice Chung (Music Minor/BA Sociology ‘14) are all current or former students of UCSB Voice Program faculty member Dr. Linda Di Fiore. Read more...
 
  • UCSB Middle East Ensemble
Dr. Gail S. Eisen, a teacher and consultant in the psychology of aging and a long-time Board Member of the UCSB Middle East Ensemble (MEE), wrote an article describing the profound impacts of the Ensemble that extend well beyond musical mastery and performances that stir the senses. The article, titled "The UCSB Middle East Ensemble: Soaring Melodies Promote Respect and Shared Humanity," explores three rarely-examined dimensions of creative outreach: The Ensemble’s ability to educate audiences about cultural and regional diversity in ways that lend a more realistic and respectful portrayal of the region; the unique age-integration of this performance group that honors the voices of all members; and the power of music to spark memories and deep sentiment. Also discussed is the MEE’s remarkable ability to create spaces of warmth and welcome for a broad range of ex-pat audience members and to offer all concert-goers a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry of the wider world. Read more...
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian (photo by Dario Acosta)
UCSB Assistant Professor of Voice, Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian, was recently interviewed by Ave Maria Radio on their “Notes from Above” program. Dr. Bayrakdarian shared the inspiration behind her latest album, Mother of Light (Delos), which features Armenian sacred music. Read more...