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Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center

Completed in 2014, the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center comprises two separate buildings that provide faculty and students access to the latest advances in music technology, research, and pedagogy. These buildings expand the facilities provided by the Schoenberg Music Building.

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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

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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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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

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 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.

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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 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

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

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.

Of Special Note

Musicologist Cesar Favila joins School of Music as Assistant Professor

Cesar Favila's fields of study include Latin American musics, Mexican music, early modern music, sacred music, and women’s music. "We look forward to the lively historical and musical perspectives that Cesar will bring to students in our department and beyond," said Elisabeth Le Guin, chair of Musicology. READ MORE

Jazz supporters help endow UCLA faculty chair honoring guitar great Kenny Burrell

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has received $1.2 million from more that 150 donors to establish the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies. The new endowed chair, which is expected to be filled by fall 2019, will help attract a senior faculty member who will add teaching power to UCLA’s new global jazz studies bachelor’s degree program. LEARN MORE

Department of Music Welcomes Four Exceptional Studio Faculty

Four exemplary artists have accepted their offer of an appointment in the Department of Music, including award-winning violist Che-Yen Chen, professor of viola, and new lecturers Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Georgy Goodall, principal timpanist for the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; and Joshua Ranz, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. READ MORE

Just announced! New bachelor’s degree in global jazz studies

Undergraduates interested in careers as jazz performers, producers, teachers and/or scholars of jazz will now have the opportunity to receive a bachelor of arts degree in global jazz studies, beginning in fall 2018. The major is cross-disciplinary, drawing from various areas within the Herb Alpert School of Music, as well as the African American studies department. READ MORE



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