With over 150 events presented annually, the Department of Music offers something for every music lover. The department boasts 26 unique performing ensembles, each with a quarterly concert calendar. Chamber music, large ensembles, opera, contemporary groups, world music, and jazz ensembles make up the department’s rich performance calendar, along with lectures, master classes, and presentations from the ethnomusicology, musicology, theory, and composition programs. For a complete listing of performances and lectures for the quarter, please view our Calendar page, or explore events by series below.

Gospel Choir

Concert Series

Quarterly large ensemble and chamber ensemble events featuring the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, Lumina Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Players, Gospel Choir, Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Jazz Ensemble, and more.

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Gamelan Ensemble

World Music Series

Co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music, the World Music Series features FREE performances by some of the best world music artists in the Santa Barbara area.

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Composer with guitar and piano

Corwin Chair Series

The Corwin Chair presents a series of engaging concerts and lectures each quarter, with performances and topics ranging from live experimental/improvisatory electronic music to the conversion of DNA sequences into sound. 

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UCSB students and faculty with visiting scholar Farzaneh Hemmasi

Ethnomusicology Forum

Lectures from leading ethnomusicologists from around the globe, as well as the new ABD Graduate Student Series, featuring the research and work of doctoral candidates in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara. 

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Excerpt from Royals at the Opera by Frances Elizabeth Wynne

Music History and Theory Forum

Discover the research and work of today's leading musicologists and music theorists, with topics ranging from Mexicanidad in Pixar's Coco to the impact of the works of Arnold Schoenberg.

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Petra Persolja performing piano solo

Student Recital Series

Each academic year, the department presents over 40 degree recitals, featuring performances by our talented undergraduate and graduate students from our Performance and Composition areas. These events are free and open to the public.

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Maps and Directions

New to campus? Check out our Maps and Directions page for information on parking, accessibility, and all-gender restrooms, plus campus maps and maps for Department of Music venues such as Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall and Karl Geiringer Hall. 

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Ticket Office Information

Find information on our ticket policies, venues, accessibility, service animals, and more on our Ticket Office Information page.