Benjamin Brecher

September 2022

Welcome to the University of California Santa Barbara Department of Music! The fall of 2022 marks my fifteenth year at UCSB as a Professor of Voice, and I am honored to serve as the Department's Chair. Our Department's faculty is made up of world-renowned scholars, researchers, teachers, and performers. Here at UCSB our students are offered a wide variety of opportunities to study, perform, teach and create in an environment filled with world-class instruction. Our recent graduates are now engaged in a variety of music industry positions including College/University academic positions, music industry production, music composers, solo, chamber music, and orchestral performers as well as opera and concert vocal soloists, just to mention a few. I encourage you to look through our faculty biographies as well as visit our beautiful campus on the Pacific Ocean so you can better understand what UCSB and our Department have to offer aspiring musicians and scholars. 


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Benjamin Brecher, Chair and Professor of Voice


The Department of Music at UCSB is committed to creating an environment where all are welcomed regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion,  language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity,  socioeconomic status, or national origin. We engage with all students,  colleagues, patrons, musical cultures, and repertories with respect and humility,  and with an awareness of the privilege and power that are associated with working in a university and belonging to certain identity groups. We recognize that the study of music at U.S. universities is embedded within a history of colonialism, imperialism, and discrimination and commit ourselves to work to understand this history, to mitigate its effects, and to cultivate a climate and pedagogy of inclusivity and care. 

We aspire for the Music Department to be a place that recognizes music’s multiple forms and meanings, and connects music to a broader understanding of the world. Our faculty, staff, and students commit to listening and growing in our perspectives and working for change that fosters diversity of people and experience. In keeping with the mission of the University of California, we encourage the free and open exchange of ideas, equity in access and resources, and we strive to foster an environment that includes traditionally underrepresented cultures in our teaching, research, performance, and other professional endeavors.