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Congratulations UCSB 2020 Graduates
 
Congratulations to our 2020 graduating undergraduate students! We could not be more proud of you all for your dedication, creativity, and perseverance during this unprecedented time. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for you! Read more...
 
  • HOCKET (photo by Nadine Sherman)
UC Santa Barbara Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Composition Sarah Gibson was awarded a UC Santa Barbara Faculty Research Grant for the 2020-2021 academic year. Gibson, co-founder of the Los Angeles-based new music piano duo HOCKET, was awarded the funding to record HOCKET’s debut album, And the River, with her duo partner, pianist and composer Thomas Kotcheff. Read more...
 
  • Nick Norton (photo by Brandon Rolle)
UC Santa Barbara Composition Alumnus Nick Norton ‘18 recently released a new album, Lake Village Inn West, to benefit the Equal Sound Coronavirus Relief Fund. Described by Norton as “a collection of B-sides and rarities, gems mined under medical house arrest, and a stunningly subpar MIDI realization of a deeply beloved John Cage piece,” the album is now available on all platforms. All proceeds from sales on Bandcamp will be donated directly to the Los Angeles-based non-profit Equal Sound, for which Norton serves as Artistic Director. Read more...
 
  • Derek Katz
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music announces the release of the second episode in its new podcast series, Through My Ears. The episode stars Derek Katz, Associate Professor of Musicology, and is hosted by Timothy Bausch, a PhD candidate in theory. They discuss how the field of musicology is changing, advocacy and public engagement, and Katz’s current research on Ellen Stone, the first female to ever be included in a brass section of a symphonic body not composed exclusively of women. As Katz puts it, “…having a 20-year-old woman playing a brass instrument at the front of a section in a major symphony orchestra… was literally national news.” Read more...
  • Jonathan Moerschel
UC Santa Barbara Lecturer and violist Jonathan Moerschel was recently featured as a member of the Calder Quartet during the 2020 Ojai Music Festival, which took place virtually from Thursday, June 11th to Sunday, June 14th. In the absence of an in-person festival, the virtual festival featured pre-recorded conversations and performances by artists and composers that would have performed or had their music performed live at this year’s festival, such as Ensemble intercontemporain, the Calder Quartet, composers Olga Neuwirth and Steve Reich, as well as Music Director Matthias Pintscher. The organization released a curated list of links to videos and audio recordings for each day of the festival, which included recordings of John Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts and Charles Ives’ String Quartet No. 2 by the Calder Quartet. Read more...
 
  • Valdis Jansons (photo by Roberto Recanatesi)
UC Santa Barbara graduate students Valdis Jansons (baritone) and Erik Lawrence (piano) will present a virtual concert in partnership with Quarantine Concerts and the Verbier Festival on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 9 am PST. The program will include works by Modest Mussorgsky, Henri Duparc, Roger Quilter, Ernesto De Curtis, Salvatore Cardillo, and Enrico Cannio. The duo will perform live from St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Santa Barbara, CA. Read more...
  • Noelle Barr (photo by Andrew Hernandez)
UC Santa Barbara undergraduate student Noelle Barr was recently named Second Prize Winner of the 2020 Library Award for Undergraduate Research in the Humanities and Fine Arts category. The annual UCSB Library Award for Undergraduate Research (LAUR) recognizes students “who produce a scholarly or creative work that makes expert and sophisticated use of the collections, resources, and services of the UCSB Library.” Barr’s paper, “Musical Materiality,” takes a close look at the façade of the Palais Garnier – the Paris Opera House – from the lens of art and architectural history, public use of the space in and around the Palais, and attitudes of the time about music and its place in French culture. Read more...
 
  • Sara Aronson (photo by Joachim Müller)
UC Santa Barbara alumna Sara Aronson has been performing wind chamber music during the COVID-19 event as a horn player in the Royal Swedish military band, Livgardets Dragonmusikkår. An elite brass-only ensemble, the group serves as one of three full-time bands in the Swedish armed forces. While large ensemble concerts and rehearsals are not possible, the pandemic enables an extensive number of chamber groups to play with widely varying instrumentation. These include performances, as well as recordings, in the Stockholm area. Read more...
  • Jennifer Kloetzel
UC Santa Barbara Assistant Professor of Cello Jennifer Kloetzel has been invited to serve as the American adjudicator for the 1st World Cello E-Competition 2020, organized by the Napolinova music association. Read more...
 
  • Tristan Perez
UC Santa Barbara Composition alumnus Tristan Perez '18 recently composed an original work, titled And Spring Still Comes, for a virtual “socially distanced” wind ensemble inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. With wind ensembles traditionally consisting of up to sixty performers, Perez had to reach out to musicians from across the country in order to produce a recording of his work. He asked each performer to submit individual recordings of his piece that he later combined into a single video performance. Read more...