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Kelly Guerra (photo by JShoots)

Alumna Dr. Kelly Guerra ‘21 was selected for the Cleveland Institute of Music’s inaugural Future of Music Faculty Fellowship. Supported by a grant awarded by the Sphinx Venture Fund, this unique program is designed to prepare Black and Latinx professionals in the music field for a successful and fulfilling career in academia. Read more...
 
 
  • Joao Pedro Oliveira
Members of the UC Santa Barbara Composition Program are being featured at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Santiago, Chile from July 25-31, 2021. Hosted by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the conference is taking place in a completely virtual format, and opened with a keynote address by UC Santa Barbara Corwin Chair of Composition, Professor João Pedro Oliveira, titled Visual Music: Connecting Image and Sound. Some Considerations. In the opening concert, Oliveira’s pieces Kontrol (percussion and electronics) and Tesseract (visual music) were part of the program. Read more...
 
  • Stewart Engart
 
Doctoral candidate Stewart Engart will have his work, Usynlig, featured on Friday, July 23 at 12 pm ET on the second-annual Compose Carolina summer music series, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Music and Carolina Performing Arts. The live stream event will feature Engart in conversation with a faculty moderator, the premiere of his work, and a casual “program notes” conversation and Q&A. Read more...
  • Dr. Anthony Garcia (photo by Gaby Goldberg)
The Daily Nexus recently interviewed UC Santa Barbara faculty and staff members on UC Santa Barbara’s Out List about their experiences within the field of higher education as members of the LGBTQ+ community. For the article, the Department of Music’s Production and Events Manager and alumnus, Dr. Anthony Garcia ‘16, spoke about how his decision to join the Out List and publicly come out came from the importance of representation for his identity as a bisexual man. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Martha Sprigge
UC Santa Barbara faculty member Dr. Martha Sprigge was awarded tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Musicology on July 1, 2021, having joined the Department of Music faculty in Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Sprigge holds a PhD in music history and theory from the University of Chicago (2013) and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto (2006). Before joining the faculty at UCSB, she held a postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Michigan’s Society of Fellows, where she was cross-appointed in the Department of German and the School of Music. Read more...
 
  • Joel Feigin (photo by Gaby Goldberg)
UC Santa Barbara Professor Emeritus of Music Composition, Dr. Joel Feigin, released his latest album, Joel Feigin: Music for Chamber Orchestra, on Friday, July 2 with Toccata Classics. The album includes Aviv: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (2009); Surging Seas for string orchestra (2012); and Mosaic in Two Panels (1997) for string orchestra. Read more...
 
  • Jill Felber
Preparing for four competitions, three recitals, individual weekly lessons, and a publication submission of an arrangement of Katherine Hoover’s Kokopeli for flute duet, flute majors managed to stay engaged, motivated, and inspired by peers and guests from all over the nation during COVID-19 pandemic virtual learning. “The students were patient and tolerant with technical difficulties during remote instruction. We kept our sense of humor,” remarked Professor Jill Felber. Read more...
 
  • Lotte Lemon (pictured from left: Nina Lim and Adrian Cunningham)
UC Santa Barbara undergraduate students Nina Lim and Adrian Cunningham released their first single, Fever Dream, as the band Lotte Lemon on June 11. Cunningham, known to audiences as AdrianQMC, performed vocals, bass, guitar, and synthesizer on the track, and Lim performed vocals, drums, and keyboard. The song was written by both Cunningham and Lim, and was mixed and mastered by Cunningham. Lim, a third-year Communication and Percussion Performance double major, and Cunningham, a third-year Music Studies and English double major, both acknowledged the Department of Music’s impact on their musical development, and the eventual production of Fever Dream. Read more...
  • Dr. Sarah Gibson
UC Santa Barbara Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Sarah Gibson’s work for orchestra, warp & weft, will be performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 8 pm PT. Conducted by New Zealand’s Gemma New, a former Los Angeles Philharmonic Dudamel Conducting Fellow, the program will include Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish,” and will feature piano soloist Isata Kanneh-Mason in a performance of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor—a work Ms. Kanneh-Mason championed on her first album, Romance, an homage to Clara Schumann in celebration of her 200th birthday. Read more...
 
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian CD Cover (photo by Zach Mendez)
UC Santa Barbara Associate Professor Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian’s latest album, Armenian Songs for Children, was released on Avie Records on June 18, 2021. The 29-track album includes works by Armenian composers Gomidas Vartabed, Parsegh Ganatchian, Mihran Toumajan, and traditional songs from various sources, with arrangements by Artur Avanesov, John Hodian, Ellie Choate, and Isabel Bayrakdarian. Dr. Bayrakdarian collaborated with harpist Ellie Choate, flutist Ray Furuta, and Ruben Harutyunyan on the duduk, an ancient Armenian double reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood. Read more...