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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  • Jared Holton (photo by Zach Mendez)
As part of the UC Santa Barbara Ethnomusicology Forum's UCSB ABD Graduate Student Series, UC Santa Barbara PhD candidate Jared Holton will present a lecture titled "Formulating Difference in Modal Music: The Analysis of Emplacement within Andalusian Music in Tunisia" on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 3:30-5 pm PDT via Zoom. The music of al-Andalus, or medieval Muslim Spain, contributes significantly to the sense of cultural heritage and identity for many people and constitutes one of the oldest living music traditions in the world. In this talk, Holton will explore the process Tunisians undertake in transcribing social and cultural difference within musical structure in order to mobilize meaning. 
  1. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Dmitriy Lipay and Alexander Lipay (holding award) accepting the Grammy for "Best Surround Sound Album" (February 2017).
UCSB Department of Music alumnus Alexander Lipay '05 recently won the Grammy for "Best Surround Sound Album" for his work as a surround mix engineer on a Seattle Symphony album featuring the music of Henri Dutilleux. Conducted by Ludovic Morlot, the album features Dutilleux's Sur Le Même Accord, Les Citations, and Mystère De L'instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement. Mr. Lipay worked with his father, Dmitriy, who produced and engineered the album—Alexander's third Grammy nomination and his father's sixth. Mr. Lipay received a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute and Piano Performance from UCSB, where he studied with Professors Jill Felber (flute) and Paul Berkowitz (piano). He is currently Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony, and has held the position for eleven years. 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.