This program offers high-quality performance instruction from a supportive faculty in the context of a distinguished research university. UC Santa Barbara alumni are found in the ranks of professional musicians and collegiate faculty. Faculty members are drawn from distinguished musicians based in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles areas. Regular large ensemble opportunities are available in the Chamber Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, and the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, which features internationally known composers and performers. Scholarship ensembles include the Nuñes Scholarship Woodwind Quintet and Maurice Faulkner Brass Quintet. Additional performance opportunities are available through the Chamber Music Program, and ensembles from the Clarinet, Flute, Horn, and Percussion studios. The campus is the site of regular master classes by distinguished visiting artists, and the scene of nationally prominent events such as the American Horn Competition and WHOLE FLUTES®. The Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion program offers Bachelor of Music (BM) and Master of Music (MM) degrees with the exception of Horn, which offers a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA).

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate 

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), in Music Studies 
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

Learn more about the BA, Music Studies and the BM degrees in the Music Department, Undergraduate Program section of UC Santa Barbara's General Catalog. Find more information on applying to the undergraduate program on the Undergraduate Degrees page.

Graduate

  • Master of Music (MM) 
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA - Horn ONLY)

The MM-only time-to-degree is two years (for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Horn). The DMA-only (Horn) time-to-degree is four to five years (for applicants who have already completed a master's degree at an accredited university). If accepted into the MM and DMA program (Horn only), the time to complete both degrees is five years. Learn more about the MM and the DMA programs in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog. Find more information on applying to the graduate program on the Graduate Degrees page.

Faculty

Woodwind

Jill Felber | Professor, Flute

Breana Gilcher | Lecturer, Oboe

Paul Bambach | Senior Continuing Lecturer, Clarinet

Andy Radford | Continuing Lecturer, Bassoon

Brass 

Dustin McKinney | Lecturer, Trumpet

Steven Gross | Professor, Horn

William Booth | Recall Continuing Lecturer, Low Brass

Percussion 

Jon Nathan | Continuing Lecturer, Percussion