Opera UCLA

Opera UCLA

The Voice and Opera program at UCLA is widely regarded as the top vocal degree program in the West, and among the top programs nationwide. With a maximum student enrollment of just 35 singers (undergraduate plus graduate), an average of 12 new students are accepted into the program each year from over 300 applicants. This selective, highly specialized environment allows close interaction between students and an internationally renowned voice faculty.

The UCLA Voice and Opera program is dedicated to the success of its graduates. The faculty members continue to expand the program in new ways, ensuring that it constantly evolves to meet the needs of the talented singers who have come here for expert guidance. It is this dedicated, caring environment that has made the Voice and Opera program at UCLA so successful in training the next generation of professional singers, and in playing a significant role in shaping the future of vocal music.

Opera UCLA

The Voice and Opera program at UCLA is widely regarded as the top vocal degree program in the West, and among the top programs nationwide

UCLA Marching Band

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band

The UCLA Band Program has enjoyed national and international prominence in the band field for over six decades. At http://uclaband.com/about/history-a-media you will find links to historical aspects of the Program, including honors and awards earned by the Band, rosters of former and present Directors and Drum Majors, appearances in the movies and TV, and a photo gallery with over 4000 images

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band

The "Solid Gold Sound" of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band performs at the Rose Bowl for home games before crowds as large as 100,000 people. Pregame shows by the Band build crowd energy and enthusiasm with UCLA favorites "Strike Up the Band", "The Bruin Warriors" and "The Mighty Bruins".

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

The Monk Institute at UCLA

Named for pianist/composer Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz was created four years after his death through the efforts of the Monk family and the late Maria Fisher, a musical philanthropist and moving force behind the Beethoven Society of America who felt that jazz deserved nothing less than its own organization dedicated to nurturing and acknowledging musical greatness. In 1995 the Institute created a two-year program in Jazz Performance, which is now housed at UCLA as part of the Herb Alpert School of Music. Under the artistic directorship of a jazz master, the college program allows an ensemble of gifted young players to study and interact with an array of visiting artists on a tuition-free basis. These students have served as ambassadors, often under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, through their participation in the Institute's international tours to more than 30 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

From its base in Washington, DC, the Institute has grown from a good idea to an essential forum for identifying the music's new voices, honoring its present and past masters, and making the jazz aesthetic available and comprehensible in concert halls and classrooms around the world.

UCLA Orchestras

UCLA Orchestra

Founded in 1936, UCLA Philharmonia is the flagship orchestra of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. It performs three different programs each quarter, encompassing both the core symphonic and operatic repertoire and the best in contemporary and rarely-performed works. Philharmonia often collaborates with leading soloists and guest conductors, and appears in notable venues around Los Angeles. Since 2013, the ensemble has released two critically acclaimed commercial recordings on the Yarlung and Sono Luminus labels..

UCLA Symphony is the campus-wide orchestra, drawing its membership from throughout the UCLA community. It meets Wednesday evenings and performs one concert per quarter.

UCLA Orchestras

Comprising two ensembles, the orchestra program at UCLA offers professional training in one of the finest university orchestras in the nation, high-level performance opportunities for other members of the campus community, and graduate studies in orchestral and opera conducting.

UCLA Wind Ensemble

UCLA Wind Ensemble

As a flexible and inclusive medium that honors its rich history while also fostering living composers, the wind ensemble provides an ideal laboratory for students to encounter a wide range of musical viewpoints. Innovative programming, interaction with faculty and guest artists, and vibrant outreach programs position the wind ensemble as a musical nexus, bringing together professional players and artist-teachers, composers, academics, school band directors, and audiences — with student-musicians at the core.

Wind Ensembles and Concert Bands

The UCLA Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at the University of California, Los Angeles. Comprising both graduate and undergraduate students, its 50 members are highly skilled and versatile musicians selected by competitive audition each fall. The UCLA Symphonic Band serves students from across the university in a traditional large concert band format.

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Choral Ensembles

Part of the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, the choral program strives to develop not only the musical skill set of each student, but also the professional attributes of organization, commitment, and ethics required to be successful in any career path.

UCLA is part of a choral tradition that is growing and developing constantly, and stems from the natural choral history and development in Los Angeles, that has neither been duplicated nor derived from the fabric of any other city.

Through our two choral ensembles (that we collectively refer to as the Choral Union), we strive to train choral musicians who are prepared to continue a lifelong passion of singing in choruses at the highest possible standard of achievement.

Choral Ensembles

The UCLA choral ensembles boast a rich heritage of musical excellence and leadership in the field of choral music. Attracting music majors and non-majors from all walks of university life, UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers study and perform a diverse repertoire of music from the Renaissance to the present.

Chamber Music Ensembles

Chamber Music Ensembles

In addition to trios, quartets, and quintets, UCLA chamber music offerings include Brass, Guitar and Percussion Ensembles, Camarades String Chamber Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble and Contempo Flux, the School’s contemporary music ensemble. Choral, orchestral, and wind ensembles also program chamber music as part of their regular repertoire. The Max H. Gluck Outreach Program provides additional opportunities for UCLA students to perform chamber music in schools, libraries, senior centers, and other venues throughout Los Angeles County.

Chamber Music Ensembles

The study and performance of chamber music plays an integral role in the training and growth of students in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Besides frequent appearances on campus, UCLA chamber groups appear frequently on prestigious Los Angeles concert series, on international stages, and through school and civic outreach programs across Southern California.

Keyboard

Keyboard

Professor Christoph Bull, University Organist at the the Disney Hall organ

Keyboard

The UCLA Department of Music offers a B.A., M.M., or D.M.A. degree in classical keyboard performance. Acceptance to this program is by audition only.

Our current piano faculty are Professor Walter Ponce and Professor Inna Faliks; Professor Christoph Bull is university organist and professor of organ.

Of Special Note

Monk Institute class of 2016
Met the Monk Institute Class of 2016
Every two years a select new group of students come to UCLA to earn their Master of Music Degree in Jazz through the Thelonious Monk Institute. These students are chosen from a worldwide pool of applicants. Meet the new class of Monk Institute students. READ MORE
Grand Opera by Composer Roger Bourland to premiere in Mazatlan
UCLA professor emeritus of music Roger Bourland, a renowned composer and musician who has written more than a hundred works for a wide variety of ensembles and soloists, will premiere his grand opera, “La Paloma y el Ruiseñor,” at the Teatro Angela Peralta in Mazatlán, Mexico, on Nov. 14. The opera centers around the life of 19th-Century operatic soprano Angela Peralto, who was known as the “Mexican nightingale.” Read more
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2014-2015 All Star Competition Announced
The tenth annual UCLA Philharmonia "All Star" concert will be held at 8 PM Thursday, January 15, 2015. Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate instrumental and vocal music majors; concertos for multiple soloists may also be performed. Prior winners of the All-Star competition are ineligible unless the contestant is now a graduate student whose previous All-Star competition win was as a UCLA undergraduate. Read More
Neal Stulberg appointed Chair, Department of Music
Professor Neal Stulberg, director of orchestral studies at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music, will serve as the new chair of the department of music for the next three academic years. "I am delighted that Neal will assume this important administrative position, and I am confident that he will provide excellent leadership for the department through what promises to be a watershed period in its history," said Christopher Waterman, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture." Read more