Pictured from left: Dr. Sarah Gibson and Kelly Guerra (photo by JShoots)

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January 29, 2021

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music hosted a special quarantine edition of the department’s new podcast, Through My Ears, as an Instagram Live via the department’s Instagram account on December 3, 2020. The live interview was hosted by mezzo-soprano and Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Kelly Guerra with Dr. Sarah Gibson, Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Composition in both the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music and the College of Creative Studies. They discussed the importance of creating music during lockdown, Dr. Gibson’s use of improvisation in her compositional practice, and the creative freedom her piano duo HOCKET allows her to have: “…we could change what the repertoire would be in the modern era, and we could explore all the things we wanted to explore.”

Listen to the podcast now on all major platforms, including Spotify, Anchor, and Apple Podcasts.

With the Through My Ears podcast, graduate students are given the opportunity to sit down with their professors and ask them questions about their background, expertise, and current work in the field of music. The aim of the podcast is to highlight the diverse range of musical thought within the department, and bring awareness to its many programs. Ethnomusicology, theory, performance, and more are discussed, as listeners uncover the different motivations, aspirations, and values their teachers hold with regards to music.

This podcast was produced by Connor Long and the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. Intro and outro music was recorded at the Kerr Hall Sound Studio, performed by second-year music major Kaitlin Webster-Zuber. 

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