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  • Brandon J. Rolle
Brandon J. Rolle is a composer and conductor who lives in Los Angeles. He received his PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Spring of 2019. Rolle’s music is published under Precious Noise Music (ASCAP), and he is represented by Black Tea Music; his debut album, Glitch Portraiture, is set to be released at the end of 2021 by Arpaviva Records. Rolle spoke with us about recent projects, including the Impulse New Music Festival, a non-profit organization that Rolle co-founded and for which he serves as Artistic Director. Impulse’s 2021 festival was held online this past August, and included nearly 150 events, sixteen commissions, and four concerts of new music. Read more...
  • Dr. Nicole Lamartine
Dr. Nicole Lamartine, UC Santa Barbara’s Sorensen Director of Choral Music, was featured in a recent story in the Santa Barbara Independent spotlighting the Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus (SBGMC). As the SBGMC’s Artistic Director, Dr. Lamartine will lead the tenor-based group in their first-ever concert on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Read more...
 
  • QuartetES
Professor Jennifer Kloetzel and Lecturer Ertan Torgul had a few months full of performances, master classes, chamber music coachings, and educational workshops. As founding members of QuartetES, Kloetzel and Torgul traveled to Lake Dunmore, Vermont for a two-week residency at Point Counterpoint, working closely with young chamber musicians, giving private lessons, coachings, and performances with colleagues violinist Anton Miller and violist Rita Porfiris. Read more...
 
  • Azeem Ward and Professor Steven Gross
Dr. Steven Gross, Professor of Horn and Head of the Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Area at UC Santa Barbara, was on the faculty and performed at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary from July 21-August 2, 2021. Dr. Gross was joined by UC Santa Barbara alumnus Azeem Ward ‘15, who attended the institute as a participant. Read more...
 
  • Jennifer Kloetzel
Professor Jennifer Kloetzel was featured on September 13 on the Houston-based arts podcast, Creative Peacemeal, which marked her second appearance for the series this year. Following Kloetzel’s initial interview with Board Certified-Music and Neurologic Music Therapist and educator Tammy Takaishi in late March 2021, which focused on Kloetzel’s career as a performer and educator, Takaishi was eager to continue the conversation and promptly scheduled Kloetzel for a second interview. Read more...
 
  • João Pedro Oliveira
Corwin Chair of Composition João Pedro Oliveira and Doctoral Student Dariush Derakhshani were both named prize winners in the 2021 Prix CIME Electroacoustic Music Competition, hosted by the International Confederation for Electroacoustic Music. Read more...
 
  • Jeremy Haladyna
A review of Faculty Emeritus Jeremy Haladyna’s latest album, Pok-ta-Pok: Sky Games from the Mayan Cycle, is featured in the October 2021 issue of The Absolute Sound, a recognized source of expert reviews, features, and commentary on high-performance audio and music. Read more...
 
  • Noelle Barr (photo by Zach Mendez)
UC Santa Barbara alumna Noelle Barr ‘21 was recently appointed as Assistant Principal Second Violin for the New York Youth Symphony’s 2021-2022 Season, the organization’s 59th Season. Under the direction of Michael Repper, Barr will participate in a series of three performances throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, in November, March, and May, at Carnegie Hall. Repertoire will include Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5; Valerie Coleman's Umoja; Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto (featuring violinist Grace Park); and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Read more...
 
  • Kelly Guerra (photo by JShoots)
UC Santa Barbara alumna Dr. Kelly Guerra ‘21 and Doctoral Candidate Luvi Avendano will be featured in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of José “Pepe” Martinez’s 75-minute Mariachi operetta, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (“To Cross the Face of the Moon”). Guerra, a former Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist, will sing the role of Lupita and Avendano will sing the role of Victor for both productions of the operetta, which will be performed at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara on October 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm and October 3 at 2:30 pm. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Benjamin Levy
Dr. Benjamin Levy, Associate Professor of Music Theory at UC Santa Barbara, recently co-curated a collection of essays with UC Santa Barbara alumna Dr. Laura Emmery ‘14. Their introductory essay to the Special Symposium, “Archival Research in Music: New Materials, Methods, and Arguments,” appears in the most recent issue of Music Theory Online, the official online journal of the Society for Music Theory, which was founded by Dr. Lee Rothfarb, Professor of Music Theory at UC Santa Barbara. Read more...