UCSB Department of Music Events


Undergraduate Advising
Heidi Dinnogen
(805) 893-5672

Graduate Advising
Carly Yartz
(805) 893-4603

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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Directed by Jonathan Moerschel, the UC Santa Barbara Chamber Players will present a virtual concert on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6 pm PST as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music's YouTube channel. The program will include works by Claude Debussy, Elena Ruehr, Johann Joseph Fux, Scott Joplin, Jennifer Higdon, Roger Chapman, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith, and Jessie Montgomery. The event will feature performances by students from the UC Santa Barbara Chamber Music Program.
  1. Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00pm


Steve Sorensen

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music regretfully shares the news of the passing of D. Stephen Sorensen (April 6, 1960-January 17, 2021), a beloved member of our UC Santa Barbara community. Sorensen was a devout leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and his faith and affection toward music, especially choral music, inspired a major gift to the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. This pledge resulted in the creation of a new position, the Sorensen Director of Choral Music, established in 2018 by Steve and his wife Shannon P. Sorensen. The Sorensen's vital gift will ensure that there is a permanent position and resources available to the Director of Choral Music in future years to support teaching and programmatic excellence in UC Santa Barbara’s Choral Music Program within the Department of Music. Read more...

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 concerts are FREE to UCSB students:
Percussion Ensemble 
Music of India Ensemble
Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) 
Gospel Choir
Wind Ensemble
Gamelan Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players 
Jazz Ensemble 
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.


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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.