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Jill Felber

Professor Jill Felber will be featured as a performer and clinician at the 46th annual National Flute Association Convention in Orlando, Florida on August 9-12. As a member of the ZAWA! flute duo, Professor Felber will perform and discuss works by Edison Denisov, Linda Holland, and John Rommereim with duo partner Claudia Anderson on Thursday, August 9th. ZAWA! and current members and alumni of the University of Northern Iowa Flute Choir will be featured on Thursday evening’s Gala Concert in a performance of Cynthia Folio’s Winds for Change for two solo flutes, flute choir, and percussionist, with live electronic manipulation of the solo flutes. Commissioned by ZAWA! in 2014 as a way to bring awareness to climate change, the captivating piece incorporates sound clips from nature such as whale songs, rain, and wind. Read more...
 
  • Nick Norton with Joffrey Texas dancers (photo courtesy of Joffrey Texas)
UCSB graduate composer Nick Norton's chamber ballet, Blue Hour, was premiered this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas by students from the Joffrey Texas dance academy. Joffrey Texas—founded by Robert Joffrey in 1978—commissioned the piece from choreographer Katie Cooper and Nick to commemorate the academy’s 40th anniversary season. Read more...
  • Sara Bashore
UCSB graduate violinist Sara Bashore has been selected to perform at the KotorArts Festival in Kotor, Montenegro as part of the Santa Barbara-Kotor sister city program. Ms. Bashore was invited by George and Denise Lilly to perform with local young artists, representing both the city of Santa Barbara and UC Santa Barbara. Ms. Bashore will perform Béla Bartók's Romanian Dances for violin and piano with pianist Marina Mikić, as well as Jean-Baptiste Loeillet’s Sonata for flute (violin), oboe, and piano with oboist Nela Drašković and pianist Marina Mikić on Wednesday, August 1st at 9:30 pm in the Church of the Holy Spirit. Additionally, Ms. Bashore and Ms. Mikić will give a series of duo performances over the next two weeks. Read more...
 
  • Pascal Salomon (Sharon Kayser)
Dr. Pascal Salomon '17 will join the Westmont College collaborative piano faculty in Fall 2018. Dr. Salomon will serve as the primary pianist for the Westmont College Chamber Singers, Choral Union, Fall Music Drama Workshop, and Spring Opera production, and will also work with student and faculty soloists on collaborative performance projects. Dr. Salomon received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Summer 2017 from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Professor Paul Berkowitz. Read more...
  • Jennifer Kloetzel
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music welcomes acclaimed cellist Jennifer Kloetzel as Assistant Professor of Cello beginning Fall 2018. Ms. Kloetzel’s performance career spans over three decades and has included solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. As a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet and an advocate for new music, Ms. Kloetzel has commissioned and premiered nearly 40 solo and chamber works by renowned composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Elena Ruehr, George Tsontakis, Kevin Puts, Philippe Hersant, and Daniel Asia. Having served as a Lecturer at UC Santa Barbara since Fall 2016, Ms. Kloetzel has performed on many Music Department concerts, including the department’s recent collaboration with CAMA for the organization’s Centennial Kickoff Celebration at Trinity Episcopal Church with fellow UCSB faculty members flutist Jill Felber and pianist Robert Koenig. Read more...
 
  • Byron Mayes (Figaro) and Naomi Merer (Susanna)
Video of UCSB Opera Theatre's February production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro was recently reviewed on Santa Barbara-based arts writer Daniel Kepl's Performing Arts Review: "Featuring a cast and orchestra assembled from the Department of Music’s best and brightest—mostly grad students—and with directorial and additional musical assistance from faculty and guest professionals on stage and in the pit, the excitement on opening night was palpable." Read more...
  • Clarence Barlow (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Professor Clarence Barlow, who serves as the Corwin Chair of Composition at UC Santa Barbara, released his latest CD, Music Algorithmica, last month via the World Edition label. Released as a double CD, the album is made up entirely of Professor Barlow’s music and features renowned contemporary performers such as Ensemble Köln (conducted by Robert HP Platz), the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Reykjavik with soloist Deborah Richards (conducted by Hermann Bäumer), the South-West Radio Orchestra Baden-Baden with soloist Kristi Becker (conducted by Ingo Metzmacher), and Ensemble Modelo62 (conducted by Ezequiel Menalled). Read more...
  • Alice Chung
UCSB alumna Alice Chung (mezzo-soprano) will return to Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado this summer as an Apprentice Artist. Ms. Chung will cover the role of Azucena in Central City Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore July 14th through August 5th. Recent career highlights include singing the role of Giovanna (Rigoletto) for her final appearance as a Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artist and her performance of the alto solos in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Kansas City Symphony. Ms. Chung will begin the Artist Diploma program at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia this fall. Read more...
  • Julie Davie
Graduate vocalist Julie Davies (soprano) will travel to Cancún, Mexico later this month to perform as a featured soloist with Sinfónica De Quintana Roo. Ms. Davies will join a roster of internationally acclaimed vocalists, including mezzo-soprano Maria Luisa Corbacho (Spain), tenor Joel Montero (Mexico), and baritone Olafur Sigurdarson (Iceland). Led by Artistic Director José Maria Moreno Valiente (Spain), performances will run from June 14-16. Read more...
 
  • Liza Munk (photo by Lauren Maeve)
UCSB Ethnomusicology PhD student Liza Munk has received a Fulbright grant to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on the alternative Arabic music scene in Amman, Jordan for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Read more...