Inaugural Dean Eileen Strempel
Inaugural Dean Eileen Strempel
A Message from the Inaugural Dean

Welcome to The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Whether you are a prospective student, an alumnus/alumna or a member of the community, I hope that you will explore our academic and cultural offerings, join us for performances and lectures, and enjoy the vitality of musical arts at UCLA.

Music transcends time, cultures and generations and shapes our aesthetic and cultural being. At The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, we prepare students for a range of music careers in the 21st century by encouraging them to explore the rich intersections of theory and creativity.

Leveraging our location in Los Angeles—one of the most diverse communities and the entertainment capital of the nation—we are able to attract internationally recognized guest artists and researchers who enrich our learning environment.

I am honored to be the inaugural dean of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, one of the nation’s and world’s finest universities. As an opera singer and scholar, I am excited to be a part of UCLA’s intellectual and creative community. The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is home to both exceptionally accomplished faculty and intellectually and artistically inquisitive students, and is supported by extraordinary alumni who are internationally acclaimed artists, scholars and influencers in the diverse world of music.

Dean Strempel SignatureEileen L. Strempel
Inaugural Dean

Dean Strempel’s Biography


Esteeming all musical traditions as vital cultural expressions of our evolving global society, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music cultivates models for musical studies that integrate exemplary scholarship and practices, and engage through music with diverse communities on campus, throughout Los Angeles, and beyond.


We envision a school of music that welcomes students from all backgrounds, and provides individual mentorship to ensure their well-being and prepare them to flourish in an evolving musical landscape. We strive to fulfill the promise of our position at the nexus of practice and scholarship by engaging diverse musical traditions within a city of exceptional cultural vibrancy.


Through our voices we express our thoughts, passions, and stories in the most immediate way. Voice has come to represent that expressive capacity more generally; we voice our selves through musical performance, composition, scholarship, and teaching, and strive in our teaching to cultivate the individual voice of each student.

Individual voices have the greatest impact when they engage others in dialogue, discussion, and debate—in a word, counterpoint—whereby they establish the basis for musical and intellectual communities capable of activating the generative power of diversity.

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Resonance provides the space for harmony and rhythm to magnify the impact of the individual. Resonance starts with people listening to each other as the first step toward community, which enables them to engage the world beyond more powerfully.

By cultivating voice, counterpoint, and resonance, we allow virtuosity—in its dual sense of virtue and skill—to flourish, with each performer, composer, scholar, and educator striving for the highest level of ethical excellence, responsible stewardship, and commitment.

Our Strategic Plan

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Strategic Plan will guide our school’s evolution and growth in the years ahead. This blueprint of our shared future closely examines our curricula, student support infrastructure, instructional facilities and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, among other important goals. In developing this important analysis, we have identified opportunities for rapid innovation that provide hope, fostering a brighter future where music re-claims its integral and essential place.

Explore the Strategic Plan
Explore the Strategic Plan
Explore the Strategic Plan

The School of Music by the Numbers

Total Students
(490 undergrad, 150 grad)
per Year
Instruments in the World
Musical Instrument Collection
Recordings in the
Ethnomusicology Archive
Value of

Top Music Business Schools by Billboard Magazine

Music Schools in Los Angeles

Academic Leadership

James Bass
Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Choral Studies
Jan Berry Baker
Professor of Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
Lily Chen-Hafteck
Professor - Music Education, Special Assistant to the Inaugural Dean for Curricular Reform
Robert Fink
Chair of Music Industry Program, Professor of Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Raymond Knapp
Chair of Musicology, Distinguished Professor of Musicology and Humanities, Director of UCLA Center for Musical Humanities (CMH)
David Lefkowitz
Professor - Composition, Vice Chair of the Department of Music
Steven Loza
Director of the UCLA Center for Latino Arts; Professor and Chair of Global Jazz Studies
Arturo O’Farrill
Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Professor
Roger Savage
Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology

Administrative Leadership

Shannon McGarry
Associate Dean of Finance and Administration
Andrea Arias
Chief Financial Officer
Russell Kelban
Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications
Sandra T. Flores
Director of Academic Personnel
Adam Fox
Director of Student Affairs
Luis Henao
Director of Music Technology and Production, Director of the Recording Studios
Liz Vohwinkel
Executive Director of Development
John Lee
Manager, Ethnomusicology & Musicology Departments

Explore Our Degrees

Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a BA and teaching credential in just four years
Music Industry
A leadership-focused professional degree which prepares students to transform the creative, entrepreneurial, and executive structures of the music industry
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music