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Steven Gross (photo by Eric Isaacs)

Dr. Steven Gross was appointed as a clinician for two European summer music festivals, with responsibilities for solo, chamber music, and orchestral performance, as well as teaching. The events are Hornclass, part of the Prague International Music Festival, and the Crescendo Musical Institute in Hungary. In both festivals, as well as during the upcoming International Horn Society Symposium, Dr. Gross will perform premieres of his commissioned work, Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, by William Bolcom, with the ensemble American Double. Following these concerts, the composition will be recorded in Prague. A West Coast premiere is anticipated in Santa Barbara. Read more...
 
  • Maureen Conroy
UCSB Department of Music alumna Maureen Conroy was appointed Principal Librarian of the Minnesota Orchestra in June of 2017. Ms. Conroy, who completed her Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance at UC Santa Barbara under the direction of Professor Steven Gross, took the time to answer a few questions about her new job, and share some of her favorite memories from her time at UCSB. Read more...
  • Alice Chung
Korean-American mezzo-soprano and UCSB alumna Alice Chung ‘14 recently took 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Midwest Region, where she competed against eleven other professional singers from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. This past January, Ms. Chung was also named the winner of the Kansas City District for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Read more...
  • Katherine Meizel
UCSB Music alumna Katherine Meizel PhD '07/DMA '04 recently authored an article for NPR Music’s “The Record” entitled “Music And Protest, Hand In Hand: Songs Of The Student Walkouts”, which surveys the musical performances of the March 14th student walkouts in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Dr. Meizel, an associate professor of ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, breaks the performances down into five thematic categories: songs that drove the African American Civil Rights movement, songs that reference the struggle for civil rights, songs about peace, anthems, and original songs created by students. Read more...
  • Kelly Newberry

Graduate student and Peruvian-American mezzo-soprano, Kelly Newberry, has been selected as one of only 25 students to attend the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center this summer as a Vocal Arts Fellow. Located in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Tanglewood Music Center is an annual summer program offering emerging professional musicians the opportunity to participate in performances, master classes, and workshops alongside some of the world’s finest musicians and educators. The Center operates as a part of the Tanglewood Music Festival, an outdoor concert series and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Serge Koussevitzky, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director from 1924 to 1949, founded the TMC with the intention of creating a premier music academy where, with the resources of a great symphony orchestra at their disposal, young musicians would sharpen their skills under the tutelage of Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians and specially invited artists. Read more...

 
  • Ambroise Aubrun
UCSB faculty member and violinist Ambroise Aubrun recently released an album with pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, featuring works written for violin and piano during World War I. The album, entitled Romance de Guerre, features sonatas by Philippe Gaubert and Edward Elgar, Prunella by Benjamin Dale, as well as the world premiere recording of Sonata, Op. 43 by American composer Blair Fairchild. The album serves as volume No. 26 in the Musicians and the Great War collection on the Editions Hortus label (France). Read more...
 

 

  • Dr. Denise Gill (photo by E. Mehmet Morali)
UCSB Music alumna Dr. Denise Gill released her first book, Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians, in May 2017 via Oxford University Press. Dr. Gill—who received an MA (2006) and PhD (emphasis in Feminist Studies, 2011) in Ethnomusicology from UCSB—currently serves as an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of Music; the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Read more...

 

  • Steven Gross (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Professor Steven Gross retired after 24 years as Principal Horn of Opera Santa Barbara at the end of the recent production of The Barber of Seville, by Gioachino Rossini. Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas presented Dr. Gross with a plaque honoring his service at a reception following the final performance. Past reviews include the Santa Barbara News-Press, after a production of Bizet's Carmen: "The winds are solid, the French horns spectacular." During his tenure, Dr. Gross performed approximately 60 operas, all with double performances. He has held similar positions in opera orchestras since 1973, for professional companies in Detroit, Washington, D.C., Canary Islands (Spain), Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Santa Fe. Read more...
  • UCSB Jazz Ensemble (photo by Matt Perko)
"A hallmark of jazz is the way it both absorbs and reflects the sounds and styles of places, attitudes and times in which it is played. So diverse, yet all distinctly jazz, from the iconic works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to the more recent music of Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider. This range is at the heart of the UC Santa Barbara Jazz Ensemble and will be on full display in the group’s winter concert, called, appropriately, “The Full Spectrum.” It takes place at UCSB’s Lotte Lehman Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. 'It addresses the full history of jazz,' said UCSB Jazz Ensemble Director Jon Nathan." Read more...
  • Middle East Ensemble dancer (photo by Tony Mastres)
"Although Santa Barbara isn’t necessarily known for its classical music, there are an astonishing amount of orchestral performances offered yearly in our seaside hamlet. In addition to the city’s professional groups and the myriad top-notch touring orchestras that come through, UCSB’s robust music program also provides numerous opportunities to hear classical music. For its winter 2018 concert series, the university’s Department of Music has several recitals slated." Read more...