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Alumnus Will Baker Wins Position with Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra
William A. Baker graduated cum laude from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in 2010 with a bachelor’s in music performance, studying euphonium and bass trombone. He earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University and spent several years in Chicago before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he played frequently with the
What is Music's Value? A Conversation with Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor, professor of ethnomusicology and musicology at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, has always been curious about how we assess the value of music. The author of over 50 articles and a shelf of books, Taylor has explored music and capitalism, global pop, western music in the world, and more. His new
Alumnus Jonathan "Mad" Tsai, Profiled.
Jonathan “Mad” Tsai has over 3m. TikTok followers. Ryan Quan just profiled him for his monthly “artist of the month” column for JoySauce.  
Tom Hodgson Named Hellman Fellow for 2024-25
Tom Hodgson, assistant professor in musicology, has received the high honor of being named a Hellman Fellow. In early 2020, the Hellman Fellows Fund provided an endowment to UCLA to establish the UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows which provides support and encouragement for the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction
Musicology Doctoral Student Wins Prestigious Dissertation Fellowship
Matthew Blackmar just won the American Musicology Association’s Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship. The AMS made five awards from a pool of applicants across all of North America. Fellows receive a substantial 12 month stipend to support dissertation research and writing. Blackmar’s dissertation examines the fertile field of copyright and technological advances. The
Eileen Strempel Drops by Office Hours
On July 15, 2024 Eileen Strempel will be a special guest on the podcast Office Hours with John Gardner. Gardner, co-founder of the Gardner Institute, searches for innovators in higher education whose vision promises to transform student learning and success. Catch her interview with Gardner.

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The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to Receive $5 Million Gift to Establish The Berry Gordy Music Industry Center
May 21, 2024. Berry Gordy, founder of the iconic record label and hit-making enterprise Motown, has pledged a $5 million gift to establish The UCLA Berry Gordy Music Industry Center.
Opera UCLA Presents the World Premiere of Richard Danielpour’s The Grand Hotel Tartarus at the Freud Playhouse
May 9, 2024. Opera UCLA, a collaboration between The Herb Alpert School of Music and the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, will present the world premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour’s new opera, The Grand Hotel Tartarus.
Jazz Violinist, Composer and Educator Regina Carter Joins Faculty at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
March 27, 2024. Regina Carter, the acclaimed jazz violinist who has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (2007), a Doris Duke Award (2018), and honored as an NEA Jazz Master Fellow (2023), will join The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music faculty in 2024.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to offer new Music Industry Bachelor of Arts degree beginning in Fall 2023
October 6, 2023. Responding to student demand, a new B.A in Music Industry from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will set graduates on track toward careers in artist and label management, publicity, music publishing and licensing and more.
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