Music Performance

Bachelor of Music

Music-Performance-BA

The Bachelor of MusicĀ in Music Performance combines intensive applied study of Western classical music with the superb academics of a major research university situated in a global cultural capital. Students in the performance concentration study individually with world-class performers and teachers, participate fully in a range of large and small ensembles, and pursue rigorous coursework in music theory, history, and analysis. Across the major, frequent performance opportunities, open to students regardless of class standing, ensure that each student gains extensive experience in a wide variety of performance contexts. The small, collaborative nature of the program guarantees students tailored individual attention from faculty throughout the Music Department.

Music Performance Faculty

Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance, Principal Clarinet LA Philharmonic
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Jan Berry Baker
Professor of Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
James Bass
Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Choral Studies
John Buffett
Lecturer--Choral Studies, Voice
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Vladimir Chernov
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Travis J. Cross
Director of Bands; Professor - Conducting
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Michael Dean
Professor - Voice Performance
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Head of Piano
Cheryl Lin Fielding
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Juliana Gondek
Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Rakefet Hak
Music Director of Opera UCLA, Lecturer
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Ben Hong
Lecturer - Cello Performance
David Kaplan
Inaugural Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance; Assistant Professor
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
William Kinderman
Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies, Professor
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Sarah Koo Freeman
Visiting Professor - Cello Performance
Jens Lindemann
Distinguished Professor of Trumpet
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Movses Pogossian
Distinguished Professor of Violin; Founder and Advisor, Armenian Music Program - Music Performance
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Benjamin Smolen
Lecturer - Flute Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
James Bass Leads Chicago Symphony Chorus in Stunning Rendition of Mahler's Symphony No. 2
James Bass, director of choral studies and chair of the music department, has recently served as the guest director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Under his direction, the chorus achieved "rich and lustrous vocalism, clearly delineated sections, and impressively clear articulation of the German text, even with 119 singers." The Chicago Symphony likewise soared. Read the full review by Lawrence A. Johnson in Chicago Classical Review.
Debut Album of Decoda, Featuring Faculty Catherine Gregory and David Kaplan, Reviewed
Decoda, the chamber music collective and affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, just released its first album. Recorded at Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana, the album explores the concept of revelry as “humanity’s universal need to connect through celebration.” It features a world premiere recording of Valerie Coleman alongside evocative works by Reza Vali and
Inna Faliks Discusses Her New Album on NPR's Morning Edition
Manuscripts Don’t Burn, the latest album by piano professor Inna Faliks, was inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, which she took with her when her family fled Ukraine, when it was part of the Soviet Union. The album’s title comes from a scene where Satan, disguised as one Professor Woland, grants Margarita a
May 28 Tue
6:00pm
Free
classical, contemporary
Spring Woodwind Chamber Concert
Led by UCLA Woodwind Area Faculty, the Woodwind Chamber Ensemble course provides UCLA music students with the opportunity to prepare and present an intimate evening of small ensemble music featuring members of the woodwind family.   This event is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the
Lani Hall
May 28 Tue
7:00pm
Free
classical, contemporary
Collaborative Piano Spring Class Concert
Dr. James Lent leads his class of pianists in a varied concert featuring works for piano duet, piano duo, piano quartet, violin and piano, voice and piano, piano concertos, and other unique combinations. This event is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established
Ensemble Room: Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center
May 31 Fri
8:00pm
Free
classical, contemporary
Spring Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert
Join the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for the final joint wind band concert of the 2023-2024 Academic Year.   This performance is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established a generous endowment at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to
Schoenberg Hall

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