A New Music School...A New Kind of Music School

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Kevin Daly Architects brings UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music into the digital age

Kevin Daly Architects have brought the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music into the digital age, with additions that enliven one of the main entry points to the campus. READ MORE

Bridges East & West Music Festival

From May 3 through May 8, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Department of Music will be presesnting a festival of events in collaboration with Capital Normal University of Beijing. For a listing of events . READ MORE

A Don Ellis Portrait: Strawberry Soup

It all began as an assignment for Ethnomusicology 205. The two archivists (Aaron and Maureen) suggested archival collections to research that might specifically interest each student in the class. For [ethnomusicology graduate student] Marc Bolin, we could think of no better choice than the Don Ellis Collectionl. READ MORE

A world of activities in the School of Music

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A state-of-the-art campus music facility

The Ostin Music Center is 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.

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 has a maximum student enrollment of just 35 singers (undergraduate plus graduate). An average of 12 new students are accepted each year from over 300 applicants. This highly specialized environment allows close interaction between students and an internationally renowned voice faculty.

The program is dedicated to the success of its graduates. The faculty members continually expand the program, ensuring that it constantly evolves to meet the needs of the talented singers who come 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, 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.

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 Orchestras

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 courses are open to all students at UCLA. The Music Industry 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. For more information contact Brenda Galvez at

Music Industry Minor

The Music Industry minor is a series of courses designed to introduce students to a critical perspective on the formative effects the music industry and music technology has had on musical practices around the world; prepare students for employment in the music industry, including marketing and sales, recording production, intellectual property, sound recording, and arranging; and contribute to improved 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.

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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.

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.

Upcoming Events

wild UP: Reading of New Student Composer Works
wild UP: Reading of New Student Composer Works

April 22, 2015. 1:30 pm





UCLA Philharmonia and UCLA Choral Union To Premiere
UCLA Philharmonia and UCLA Choral Union To Premiere "Armenian Requiem" by Ian Krouse

April 22, 2015. 8:00 pm





Jazz Appreciation Month: Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble
Jazz Appreciation Month: Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble

April 24, 2015. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm





wild Up: Performance of New works
wild Up: Performance of New works

April 26, 2015. 4:00 pm





Lecture by Steve Loza
Lecture by Steve Loza

April 29, 2015. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm





UCLA WIND ENSEMBLE
UCLA WIND ENSEMBLE "American Stories"

April 29, 2015. 8:00 pm





Symposium with Dr. Tamar Barzel and Uri Caine
Symposium with Dr. Tamar Barzel and Uri Caine

April 30, 2015. 6:00 pm





Uri Caine and UCLA Jazz Students
Uri Caine and UCLA Jazz Students

April 30, 2015. 8:00 pm





Bridges East and West: Family Meditation and Concert
Bridges East and West: Family Meditation and Concert

May 03, 2015. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm





chambermusic@ucla UCLA Faculty Composers
chambermusic@ucla UCLA Faculty Composers

May 05, 2015. 8:00 pm