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Steve Sorensen

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music regretfully shares the news of the passing of D. Stephen Sorensen (April 6, 1960-January 17, 2021), a beloved member of our UC Santa Barbara community. Sorensen was a devout leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and his faith and affection toward music, especially choral music, inspired a major gift to the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. This pledge resulted in the creation of a new position, the Sorensen Director of Choral Music, established in 2018 by Steve and his wife Shannon P. Sorensen. The Sorensen's vital gift will ensure that there is a permanent position and resources available to the Director of Choral Music in future years to support teaching and programmatic excellence in UC Santa Barbara’s Choral Music Program within the Department of Music. Read more...
 
 
  • Daniel Marella
Third-year undergraduate student Daniel Marella organized and completed a 10-mile ocean swim on August 15, 2020 in support of COVID-19 relief for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, raising over $12,000. Money raised supported funds for “COVID Home Kits”—which provide essential supplies for individuals who test positive but do not need to be hospitalized—and Cottage Hospital employees from double-income and frontline worker households who had unexpected expenses related to the pandemic. Marella is pursing a Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies. He is co-captain of the men’s team for UC Santa Barbara Swimming and is a member of the UC Santa Barbara Jazz and Percussion ensembles. Read more...
  • Jon Nathan
UC Santa Barbara Continuing Lecturer Dr. Jon Nathan performed in Opera Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre’s “Staying Home for Christmas” Holiday Concert, which was recorded live on the Lobero Theatre Stage and made available to view online from December 23-26, 2020. Hosted by Opera Santa Barbara Artistic and General Director Kostis Protopapas and Lobero Theatre Executive Director David Asbell, the free concert featured performances by favorite artists from across Santa Barbara’s rich musical scene, including baritone Alexander Elliott, sopranos Jana McIntyre and Audrey Yoder, the Nelsen family (Nina, Jeff, and Rhys), Tom Ball, Cantor Mark Childs, Dave Hause, Teka Penteriche, and Jonathan Nathan’s Jazz Quartet, which featured Santa Barbara City College’s Jim Mooy (trumpet), Santino Tarafella (bass), and Andy Langham (piano). Dr. Nathan arranged two of the three pieces (Jingle Bells and God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen) for jazz quartet, and the group also played a Gospel-style arrangement of Silent Night. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Sarah Gibson
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. Read more...
 
  • Kelly Guerra (photo by JShoots)
Peruvian-American mezzo-soprano and UC Santa Barbara Voice Program doctoral candidate Kelly Guerra will be featured in a masterclass hosted by the Metropolitan Opera Guild on Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 3-4:30 pm ET. The class will be led by Master Teacher and soprano Jane Marsh, and will focus on the score of Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Marsh will guide Guerra, soprano Lily Arbisser, and tenor David Bailey through the musical and vocal nuances of the work, with Eric Sedgwick at the piano. Guerra will present the recitative and chanson, Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle?, from Act III, Scene 2. Read more...
 
 
  • Sarah Gibson
UC Santa Barbara Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Composition Sarah Gibson will have her work, warp & weft, performed by the Seattle Symphony on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm PST. Guest conductor Gemma New will lead the orchestra, and the program will also include a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major by soloist Efe Baltacıgil, as well as Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 “Classical.” Read more...
  • Derek Katz
UC Santa Barbara Associate Professor of Musicology Dr. Derek Katz will give a talk, titled “Mary Lou Williams: From The Lady Who Swung the Band to The Zodiac Suite,” for the Goleta Valley Library on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2 pm PST. The pre-recorded talk will be streamed as a YouTube Premiere via the Friends of the Goleta Valley Library YouTube channel. Read more...
  • Noelle Barr (photo by Andrew Hernandez)
UC Santa Barbara undergraduate student Noelle Barr was named one of six winners of the Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation’s 2020 Musical Arts Scholarship. The Musical Arts Scholarship provides resources for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students pursuing a degree in the musical arts to break into the music industry with mentorship, networking opportunities, and financial support. The other 2020 awardees include Amy Lui, Charles Kim, Jonathan Tsai, and Andrew Sumbat, and their fields of study range from audio engineering to performance. Read more...
 
 
  • Joel Feigin (photo by Gaby Goldberg)
UC Santa Barbara Professor Emeritus Joel Feigin’s opera, Outcast at the Gate, is now available to view online via the composer’s YouTube channel. The video, which premiered on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:45 pm EST, was a pre-recorded performance from a presentation by the Center for Contemporary Opera on June 14, 2019 at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre in New York, NY. Read more...
 
 
 
  • João Pedro Oliveira
Five of UC Santa Barbara Corwin Chair of Composition João Pedro Oliveira’s works have recently been recognized internationally in competitions such as the Chicago Composers' Consortium Composition Competition, Sound Silence Thought International Composition Competition, She Lives Budapest Prize International Composition Competition, "New Vision" Composition Competition, and the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival. Read more...