Inaugural Dean

Inaugural Dean
Eileen Strempel
With a wide-ranging career encompassing the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, Dr. Eileen Strempel is the Inaugural Dean of UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music and a Professor in the School of Education and Information Studies. Among her accomplishments is the role of founding a new school driven by a strong commitment to exceptional academic excellence at our nation’s
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Academic Leadership

Associate Dean for Academics, Professor - Music Industry, Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Robert Fink
Robert Fink is Professor of Musicology and Music Industry, and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Trained as a music theorist and musicologist, his primary areas of interest include musical analysis, avant-garde and minimal music, popular music studies, timbre and rhythm in music, and the history of electronic dance music. He
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Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Associate Professor - Musicology
Jenny Olivia Johnson
Jenny Olivia Johnson (b. 1978 in Santa Monica, CA) is a composer, sound artist, music scholar, and Associate Professor of Musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Her work ranges from essays on music, trauma, and synaesthesia to electroacoustic chamber songs, contemplative solo works, short amplified operas, and interactive, inter-media installations. Her current large-scale project, “The After Time”
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Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology
Roger Savage
Roger Savage’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the connections between hermeneutics, critical theory, music criticism, aesthetics, and politics. He is the author of Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophical Anthropology as Hermeneutics of Liberation: Freedom, Justice, and the Power of Imagination, Music, Time, and Its Other: Aesthetic Reflections on Finitude, Temporality, and Alterity, Hermeneutics and Music Criticism, and Structure and Sorcery: The Aesthetics of
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Professor and Chair of Global Jazz Studies
Salim Washington
Salim Washington is a composer and multi instrumentalist, playing tenor sax, flute, oboe and bass clarinet. He has played and recorded with many of the luminaries of the art form, and has been featured in festivals and other venues throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Washington has combined a life in music with a life of the
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Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Choral Studies
James Bass
James K. Bass, GRAMMY®-winning singer and conductor, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, and Director of Choral Studies at The Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. He is the Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the Miami-based ensemble Seraphic Fire and is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers. Bass is an active
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Professor of Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
Jan Berry Baker
Canadian-American saxophonist Jan Berry Baker has performed as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician on many of the world’s great stages.  Recent engagements include performances across the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, Germany, Scotland, England, Ukraine, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Canada, Ukraine, USA, and most recently
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Professor - Composition, Vice Chair of the Department of Music
David Lefkowitz
David Lefkowitz, a native of New York City, studied music composition at The Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, and University of Pennsylvania, where his principal teachers were Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, George Crumb, and Karel Husa. As a composer Lefkowitz has won international acclaim, having works performed in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Ukraine, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great
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Professor and Chair of Music Industry, Professor - Musicology and Comparative Literature
David MacFadyen
David MacFadyen was trained both at the University of London (SSEES) and UCLA, where he received his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Since that time, he has been an avid scholar, promoter, and collector of recordings from East Slavic cultures (Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus). The size of that collection is now approximately two million compositions, constituting a substantial and unique database, recently donated to the Wende
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Professor and Chair of Musicology, Director of Graduate Studies
Joy H. Calico
Joy H. Calico is Professor of Musicology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Musicology Department. Her scholarship focuses on interdisciplinary Cold War cultural politics, opera since 1900, and Arnold Schoenberg. She is the author of two monographs published by University of California Press: Brecht at the Opera (2008; paperback 2019) and Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar
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Administrative leadership

Associate Dean of Finance and Administration
Shannon McGarry
Shannon McGarry’s appointment as the School’s inaugural Assistant Dean began in July 2016. Shannon is a UCLA alumna with over 18 years of service on campus. She began her UCLA career at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and held program management positions at Luskin and the UCLA Graduate School of Education before moving to the Social Science Division of
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Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications
Russell Kelban
Russell Kelban brings to The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music over 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, and brand strategy. He most recently served as Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Marketing for the Oregon Symphony, where he was responsible for earned revenue, public relations and audience development. Previously, Russell was Chief Marketing Director at the San Francisco Symphony
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Director of Academic Personnel
Sandra T. Flores
Sandra T. Flores joined the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the fall of 2018 as Director of Academic Personnel. Sandra is a UCLA alumna with over 27 years of service at UCLA. She began her career at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics working for the Space Science Group, and for the last 14 years she has
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Director of Music Technology and Production, Director of the Recording Studio
Luis Henao
Luis currently serves as the director of the recording studio in the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center as well as the director of music technology and production. In these capacities, Luis supports faculty and students by planning, designing, and overseeing all music technology related activities at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Luis also oversees the School’s Theaters
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Director of Student Affairs
Adam Fox
Adam Fox joins The Herb Alpert School of Music with over five years of professional experience supporting and advising performing artists. Prior to UCLA, Fox worked at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, where he served in a variety of student-facing roles to support students in the musical theatre, acting, and dance programs. Fox completed his undergraduate degree
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Manager, Ethnomusicology & Musicology Departments
John Lee
John Ho-Joon Lee joined the Herb Alpert School of Music as the MSO of the Departments of Ethnomusicology and Musicology on June 18, 2018.  Lee began working at UCLA in 2011 at the Career Center and most recently served as the Operations Manager and Staff Personnel for the College, Office of the Deans.  Before his career at UCLA, he was
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Manager - Department of Music Performance, Education and Composition
Lindsey Beardsley
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