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 separated the music school from the arts school. Recently, Chancellor Gene D. Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh announced that Judith L. Smith would be the Founding Dean, effective March 1, 2017 (READ MORE).  The Founding Dean will continue to work with a Cabinet of the Chairs of the three departments: Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology, and with a Cabinet of six Associate Deans.


Professor Judith L. Smith

Founding Dean

On March 1, 2017, Judith Smith was appointed as Founding Dean of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. In 2014, Smith was recalled from retirement to facilitate the process of separating the music school from the arts school, and in January of 2016, she began serving as the School’s Interim Dean. 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).






Professor Elisabeth Le Guin

Chair of Musicology


Elisabeth Le Guin is a performer and musicologist whose dual allegiances manifest as a series of dialogues, in tones and words, between theory and practice. As a Baroque cellist, she was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Artaria String Quartet, and appeared in over 40 recordings. In more recent years she has become involved in the movimiento jaranero, a transnational grassroots musical activism in Mexico and Mexican immigrant communities in the USA. She succeeded in re-starting UCLA´s Early Music Ensemble in 2009, after a 15-year hiatus, and she has served two terms as Study Center Director for the UC Education Abroad Program in Mexico City. She has taught at UCLA since 1997. 

Professor 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.

Professor 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."


Associate Deans of The School of Music

Six Associate Deans have been appointed to assist the Dean with various academic responsibilities. The Associate Deans, two for each post, have been appointed for the duration of the 2016-17 academic year and will meet collectively in a Leadership Council with Dean Judith Smith and members of her Cabinet.



Travis Cross (Music)
Associate Dean for Academic Mentoring and Opportunity

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Travis joined the UCLA faculty in 2013. He conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, directs the graduate wind conducting program, and hosts the annual UCLA Wind Conducting Workshop. He is one of two Vice Chairs in the Department of Music. Travis has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in several states and in China, Korea, and Thailand. He has led or will lead the UCLA Wind Ensemble performances at the 2015 California All State Music Education Conference and the 2016 College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference.



Nina Eidsheim (Musicology)
Associate Dean for Academic Mentoring and Opportunity

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Author of Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (2015), Nina is an authority on the production and perception of vocal timbre, 20th and 21st century vocal music, critical studies in race and gender, and voice and sound studies. At UCLA Since 2008, Nina has co-convened a research group for the UC Humanities Research Institute on Voice Studies and organized an international and transdisciplinary conference, Voice Studies Now (2015). In the College of Letters and Science, Nine founded the UCLA Humanities Editor-in-Residence Distinguished Fellows Program.


Juliana Gondek (Music) 
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Juliana is an authority on Baroque, Mozart, bel canto, 20th c. opera, and Spanish and Polish art song. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Netherlands and Scottish Operas, San Francisco Opera, and NY Philharmonic, to name a few. She won the 1996 Gramophone Record of the Year for Handel’s Ariodonte and the 2005 Fryderyk Prize for the Complete Songs of Karol Szymanowski. At UCLA since 1997, she has chaired the Academic Senate’s Privilege and Tenure (P&T) Committee and is known for her commitment to equity and inclusion for women and underrepresented minorities.


Cheryl Keyes (Ethnomusicology)
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Author of Rap Music and Street Consciousness (2004) and a documentary Beyond Central Avenue: Contemporary Female Jazz Instrumentalists of Los Angeles (2011), Cheryl is an authority on African American music, gender in jazz, and popular music studies. She received the 2009 NAACP image Award for Outstanding World Music Album for her CD, Let Me Take You There. At UCLA since 1994, Cheryl has championed equity and inclusion for women and underrepresented minorities and served on the Academic Senate’s Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity (CODEO).



Raymond Knapp (Musicology)
Academic Associate Dean

Author of Brahms and the Challenge of the Symphony (1997) and Metamorphosis: Subjectivity and Alienation in Mahler's Re-Cycled Songs (2005), as well as two acclaimed books on the American Musical. Ray has a broad interest in classical and contemporary music. At UCLA since 1989, Ray is well known for his commitment to undergraduate education, having chaired the Academic Senate's Undergraduate Council, General Education Governance Committee, and College Faculty Executive Committee. Ray has served twice as Chair of the Department of Musicology, (2006-09 and 2013-16).





Ian Krouse (Music)
Academic Associate Dean

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Though Ian is celebrated for his pioneering development of the guitar quartet, he has composed and recorded works in nearly every genre. Last April his Armenian Requiem, an historical first, was premiered to a capacity audience at Royce Hall by the Lark Master Singers and the UCLA Philharmonia led by Neal Stulberg. At UCLA since 1990, Ian received UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award (2011), was Vice Chair/Chair of the Music Department (2000-07), and has served on the Academic Senate's Undergraduate Council, Graduate Council, and the Council on Planning and Budget.