On January 21, 2016, the University of California Regents voted to formally establish the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music 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 is assisted by two associate deans and works with a cabinet of chairs from three departments: Ethnomusicology, Music and Musicology. 


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 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.

Professor 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).

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."