On January 21, 2016, the University of California Regents voted to formally establish the School and campus officials named an interim dean for the first music school in the UC system (READ MORE). This milestone action formally separates the music school from the arts school, and paves the way for the UCLA Chancellor to recruit and select a Founding Dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music. Currently the Interim Dean works in Cabinet with a team of three Co-Directors to govern the School, focusing in particular on the budget and other resources. The three Co-Directors are the Chairs of the three departments: Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology.



Interim Dean Judith L. Smith

Emerita Vice Provost/Dean for Undergraduate Education

In 2014, Judith Smith was recalled from retirement to facilitate the process of separating the music school from the arts school. At UCLA, she enjoyed a distinguished career from 1970 to 2012. Judi was Chair of the Academic Senate (1994-95), Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (1999-2012), and awarded a UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (1974). As the Executive Director of the School (July-Dec 2015) and now as the Interim Dean, she will be responsible for budget, staff, facilities, and development, as well as leading a team of three co-directors.

Co-Director Raymond Knapp

Chair of Musicology

Ray Knapp is serving his second term as Chair of Musicology, and has taken a leadership role in faculty governance, having chaired the Undergraduate Council, the General Education Governance Committee, and the Faculty Executive Committee of the College of Letters and Science, among others. Most recently, he helped establish and implement the diversity requirement in the College, a cause to which he has been committed for over a decade.

Co-Director Steve Loza

Chair of Ethnomusicology

Steven Loza has taught at UCLA since 1984. His areas of research include topics such as religion as art and musical mestizaje, the mixing of race and culture. He is the author of Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles and Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music. He has directed ensembles focusing on Latin American music, world jazz, and intercultural improvisation. He has recorded three CDs of his music; a recent composition was premiered by the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Co-Director Neal Stulberg

Chair of Music

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Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies Neal Stulberg has been on the UCLA Music Department faculty since 2005, and currently serves as its Chair. A conductor and pianist, Stulberg has led many of the world's great orchestras and has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician at major international festivals. As music director of UCLA Philharmonia, his recent CDs include a Yarlung Records release of previously unrecorded orchestral works by Viennese émigré composer Eric Zeisl and a world-premiere Sono Luminus recording of Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 ("Poems and Prayers") and his clarinet concerto "Tahrir."