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A state-of-the-art campus music facility

The Ostin Music Center will include a high-tech recording studio, spaces for rehearsal and teaching, a café and social space for students, and an Internet-based music production center. Adjacent to the Schoenberg Music Building and the Inverted Fountain, the new structures will provide faculty and students access to the latest advances in music technology, research and pedagogy.

A critical part of a music complex that houses the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the Ostin Music Center was designed by Los Angeles–based Daly Genik Architects, under the direction of principal Kevin Daly. Daly Genik Architects' previous projects include the National AIA Honor Award–winning Camino Nuevo High School in Los Angeles, the South Campus Building of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and the Harvard College Fine Arts Library's Digital Images and Slide Collection in Cambridge, Mass.

Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center

Music industry executive and philanthropist Morris "Mo" Ostin has donated $10 million to UCLA for a state-of-the-art campus music facility to be known as the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center.
The Ostin Music Center will include a high-tech recording studio, spaces for rehearsal and teaching, a café and social space for students, and an Internet-based music production center.

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Opera UCLA

The Voice and Opera program at UCLA is widely regarded as the top vocal degree program in the West, and among the top programs nationwide. With a maximum student enrollment of just 35 singers (undergraduate plus graduate), an average of 12 new students are accepted into the program each year from over 300 applicants. This selective, highly specialized environment allows close interaction between students and an internationally renowned voice faculty.

The UCLA Voice and Opera program is dedicated to the success of its graduates. The faculty members continue to expand the program in new ways, ensuring that it constantly evolves to meet the needs of the talented singers who have come here for expert guidance. It is this dedicated, caring environment that has made the Voice and Opera program at UCLA so successful in training the next generation of professional singers, and in playing a significant role in shaping the future of vocal music.

Opera UCLA

The Voice and Opera program at UCLA is widely regarded as the top vocal degree program in the West, and among the top programs nationwide

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The UCLA Bruin Marching Band

The UCLA Band Program has enjoyed national and international prominence in the band field for over six decades. At http://uclaband.com/about/history-a-media you will find links to historical aspects of the Program, including honors and awards earned by the Band, rosters of former and present Directors and Drum Majors, appearances in the movies and TV, and a photo gallery with over 4000 images

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band

The "Solid Gold Sound" of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band performs at the Rose Bowl for home games before crowds as large as 100,000 people. Pregame shows by the Band build crowd energy and enthusiasm with UCLA favorites "Strike Up the Band", "The Bruin Warriors" and "The Mighty Bruins".

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The Monk Institute at UCLA

Named for pianist/composer Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz was created four years after his death through the efforts of the Monk family and the late Maria Fisher, a musical philanthropist and moving force behind the Beethoven Society of America who felt that jazz deserved nothing less than its own organization dedicated to nurturing and acknowledging musical greatness. In 1995 the Institute created a two-year program in Jazz Performance, which is now housed at UCLA as part of the Herb Alpert School of Music. Under the artistic directorship of a jazz master, the college program allows an ensemble of gifted young players to study and interact with an array of visiting artists on a tuition-free basis. These students have served as ambassadors, often under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, through their participation in the Institute's international tours to more than 30 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

From its base in Washington, DC, the Institute has grown from a good idea to an essential forum for identifying the music's new voices, honoring its present and past masters, and making the jazz aesthetic available and comprehensible in concert halls and classrooms around the world.

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UCLA Orchestra

Founded in 1936, UCLA Philharmonia is the flagship orchestra of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. It performs three different programs each quarter, encompassing both the core symphonic and operatic repertoire and the best in contemporary and rarely-performed works. Philharmonia often collaborates with leading soloists and guest conductors, and appears in notable venues around Los Angeles. Since 2013, the ensemble has released two critically acclaimed commercial recordings on the Yarlung and Sono Luminus labels..

UCLA Symphony is the campus-wide orchestra, drawing its membership from throughout the UCLA community. It meets Wednesday evenings and performs one concert per quarter.

UCLA Orchestras

Comprising two ensembles, the orchestra program at UCLA offers professional training in one of the finest university orchestras in the nation, high-level performance opportunities for other members of the campus community, and graduate studies in orchestral and opera conducting.

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Music Industry Minor

The Music Industry program at UCLA offers general courses and a minor in Music Industry. Courses are open to all students at UCLA, and the Music Industry Minor is open by formal application to qualified undergraduates. The minor is designed to provide a critical and historical introduction to the business of music, along with opportunities for hands-on training in songwriting, music and the law, marketing and promotion, music supervision, artist development, and entrepreneurship. Students in the minor are required to complete at least one school-approved internship for credit. The minor also has a technology and science cluster, with courses on music and the brain, audio signal processing, and computer systems in music. Students in the minor have access to the recording facilities in the School's Ostin Center. For more information contact Brenda Galvez at

Music Industry Minor

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers a Music Industry minor for students majoring in ethnomusicology, music, and music history. The Music Industry minor is a series of courses designed to (1) introduce students to a critical perspective on the formative effects the music industry and music technology has had on musical practices around the world; (2) prepare students for employment in the music industry, including marketing and sales, recording production, intellectual property, sound recording, and arranging; and (3) contribute to improved communication and interaction between the university, the music industry, and the musical life of Los Angeles.

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World Music Ensembles

The Ethnomusicology Department hosts the following World Music Ensembles: Music of African-Americans, Music of the Balkans, Music of India (sitar and tabla), Music of Mexico, Anglo American Music, Charles Mingus Ensemble, Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble, Near East Ensemble, Music of Bali, Music of China, Irish Music Ensemble and Music of West Africa.

World Music Ensembles

The Ethnomusicology Department hosts the following World Music Ensembles: Music of African-Americans, Music of the Balkans, Music of India (sitar and tabla), Music of Mexico, Anglo American Music, Charles Mingus Ensemble, Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble, Near East Ensemble, Music of Bali, Music of China, Irish Music Ensemble and Music of West Africa.

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Choral Ensembles

Part of the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, the choral program strives to develop not only the musical skill set of each student, but also the professional attributes of organization, commitment, and ethics required to be successful in any career path.

UCLA is part of a choral tradition that is growing and developing constantly, and stems from the natural choral history and development in Los Angeles, that has neither been duplicated nor derived from the fabric of any other city.

Through our two choral ensembles (that we collectively refer to as the Choral Union), we strive to train choral musicians who are prepared to continue a lifelong passion of singing in choruses at the highest possible standard of achievement.

Choral Ensembles

The UCLA choral ensembles boast a rich heritage of musical excellence and leadership in the field of choral music. Attracting music majors and non-majors from all walks of university life, UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers study and perform a diverse repertoire of music from the Renaissance to the present.

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Early Music Ensemble

The UCLA Early Music Ensemble welcomes members from all academic disciplines: graduate and undergraduate students across all majors and disciplines, and ensemble members from within the greater UCLA community. Along with historical repertories, the group explores non-hierarchical and collaborative rehearsal and performance practices, giving its concerts a unique liveliness, and its members a unique sense of ownership. Part of what has made the EME so dynamic and flexible in its concert programming and collaborations is the innovative Managing Director /Teaching Fellowship Program, which helps the ensemble continuously innovate and change its focus and programming priorities. The Teaching Fellowship is offered by competitive application, and is open to graduate students across the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Early Music Ensemble

The UCLA Early Music Ensemble is dedicated to vocal and instrumental music from historical periods prior to 1800, emphasizing European and colonial repertories not usually covered by other UCLA ensembles. The mission of the ensemble is to explore those repertories and associated performance practices in depth, and to bring these explorations to a professional performance level. For more information or to watch excerpts from previous concerts, click the Read More button.

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Chamber Music Ensembles

In addition to trios, quartets, and quintets, UCLA chamber music offerings include Brass, Guitar and Percussion Ensembles, Camarades String Chamber Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble and Contempo Flux, the School’s contemporary music ensemble. Choral, orchestral, and wind ensembles also program chamber music as part of their regular repertoire. The Max H. Gluck Outreach Program provides additional opportunities for UCLA students to perform chamber music in schools, libraries, senior centers, and other venues throughout Los Angeles County.

Chamber Music Ensembles

The study and performance of chamber music plays an integral role in the training and growth of students in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Besides frequent appearances on campus, UCLA chamber groups appear frequently on prestigious Los Angeles concert series, on international stages, and through school and civic outreach programs across Southern California.

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UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

Established in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe. The Archive’s collection of more than 150,000 audio, video, print, and photographic items documents musical expressions throughout the world and includes unique field recordings as well as rare commercial recordings. As part of UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, the Archive preserves and makes accessible over 50 years’ worth of audio and video recordings of the department’s famed concerts and also of lectures by legendary scholars and performers, ranging from Mantle Hood to Ravi Shankar to Dizzy Gillespie. In addition to preservation and access, the Archive offers a wide range of research, outreach, and educational services. From foreign scholars and international organizations to local community members and UCLA students and faculty, the Archive is recognized locally and internationally as an important center of ethnomusicological research and discovery.

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

Founded in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is one of the largest “world music” media archives in North America. The Archive holds over 150,000 recordings of traditional, folk, popular, and art musics from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. In the Archive, UCLA students and faculty, international researchers, and the communities of Southern California can explore the rich variety of musical expressions throughout the world.

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Of Special Note

Meet the Monk Institute Class of 2016

Every two years a select new group of students come to UCLA to earn their Master of Music Degree in Jazz through the Thelonious Monk Institute. These students are chosen from a worldwide pool of applicants. Meet the new class of Monk Institute students. READ MORE

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home to Los Angeles

Faculty and students comment on the presence of the Thelonious Monk Institute in Schoenberg Music Building in this NPR blog post by graduate student Alex Rodriguez. Read More

Archive Recordings Now on California Light and Sound

California Light and Sound, a collection of recordings that provide "glimpses and whispers" of California’s rich audiovisual heritage, now houses fifty-four recordings from the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive collections. READ MORE