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Celebrate the Arts Festival, Virtual

Monday, September 28th, 2020 1:00 pm

Zoom, Registration Required


Join us for a Zoom webinar to learn all about arts on campus. Watch info videos from campus arts departments and student orgs, ask questions to representatives from each of the arts organizations, and play a friendly game of Kahoot to win prizes.

Participating organizations include: ArtPower at UC San Diego, Ballet Folklorico La Joya de Mexico, UC San Diego Music, UC San Diego Theatre & Dance, UC San Diego Visual Arts, UC San Diego Division of Arts & Humanities, Stuart Collection, UC San Diego Extension: Arts, Humanities, & Languages, KOTX, La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD Zor, and more!



INTRODUCTION by Molly Clark, Artistic Director, ArtPower

INFO SESSION by campus departments and student orgs

LIVE Q&A with representatives from each department

GAME TIME! Top 3 players will win Amazon Gift Cards


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Fall Welcome Concert, Virtual

Monday, September 28th, 2020 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube


The UC San Diego Department of Music would like to welcome the community back to a BIG NEW YEAR with our first graduate student concert, WELCOME BACK TO GRAD SCHOOL!!!! Presenting recent works by graduate students, this concert will stream on the UC San Diego Music YouTube channel on Monday, September 28th, at 5pm PDT. 

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Undergraduate Forum

Friday, December 4th, 2020 7:00 pm

Online, YouTube

UC San Diego Music YouTube Channel

Join us for the premiere of the virtual Fall 2020 Undergraduate Forum showcasing UC San Diego's undergraduate music majors on Friday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m.!

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Special Thanks to Department of Music Chair Dr. Anthony Burr, Sherry An, Jessica C. Flores, Lizze Fisher, and Julia Yu for your help and support!


Almoraima - Paco de Lucia
Siddhartha Krishnan, classical guitar

Maybe This Time - Cabaret by Kander and Ebb
Amelia Mardesich, soprano, with MusicalPracticeTracks, piano

Sympathy - Florence B. Price
Regnava nel silenzio - Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Julia Yu, soprano, with Anya Lefler and PocketPianist, piano

Landslide/She Will Be Loved - o.p.b. The Chicks/Maroon 5
Lizze Fisher, soprano and banjo

Notturno, Op. 54 No. 4 - Edvard Grieg
Ella Rose Riddle, classical piano

Isolation - Eddy East
Oh! America - Eddy East
Love Song 6210 - Eddy East
Eddy East, guitar and vocals

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Matthew Kline, double bass - DMA Recital

Friday, January 15th, 2021 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube

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1st Year Grad Composition Jury Concert

Friday, January 22nd, 2021 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube

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red fish blue fish - John Luther Adams’ Strange and Sacred Noise

Friday, February 19th, 2021 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube

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kallisti - I, too, am America

Friday, February 26th, 2021 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube

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Undergraduate Forum, Winter 2021

Friday, March 5th, 2021 7:00 pm

Online, YouTube

UC San Diego Music YouTube Channel

Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, percussion - DMA Recital

Monday, March 8th, 2021 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube

UC San Diego Music YouTube Channel

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UC San Diego Bach Ensemble, Winter 2021 Concert

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 12:00 am

Online, YouTube

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The UC San Diego Bach Ensemble instructed by UC San Diego Music faculty Takae Ohnishi presents their Winter 2021 end of term concert.


Artistic Director: Takae Ohnishi

Teaching Assistant: Shaoai Zhang

Guest Artists:

Chia-Ling Chien and Zou Yu (San Diego Symphony)

Andrew Steinberg (Faculty at Palomar College)


Premiering at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10:



D.Ortiz (1510-1570)
Recercadas Sobre El Canto Llano “La Spagna”
Recercada Primera / Recercada Segunda
Cello: Chia-Ling Chien
Keyboard (Organ): Takae Ohnishi


H.Eccles (1670-1742), S.Rascher
Sonata in G minor
Largo / Courante / Adagio / Presto
Saxophone: Andrew Steinberg
Piano: Shaoai Zhang


A. Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in F major
Largo / Allegro / Largo / Allegro
Cello: Henry Helmuth (solo), Chia-Ling Chien


Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in E minor
Preludio / Corrente / Sarabanda / Giga
1st Violin: Jane Park
2nd Violin: Zou Yu
Cello: Henry Helmuth


J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
Jesu bleibet meine Freude
1st Violin: Zou Yu
2nd Violin: Jane Park
Cello: Henry Helmuth
Keyboard (Organ): Takae Ohnishi

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Michael Jones, percussion - DMA Recital

Friday, March 12th, 2021 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube

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Tune-in to percussionist and UC San Diego Music graduate student Michael Jones’ D.M.A. recital “A Life of Metal” on Friday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. PST on the UC San Diego Music Youtube channel!

“A Life of Metal” takes its name from political philosopher Jane Bennett’s work Vibrant Matter. In this book, Bennett asks how we can theorize the objects and materials that constitute our experiences, economies, thoughts, and perceptions as vibrant, energetic, or perhaps even “alive.” The works on this program, Mani. Gonxha by Pierluigi Billone and dust by Rebecca Saunders, resonate with this faith in materials, and in these specific cases metals, as “actants” rather than objects. In these pieces the activity of the metal spreads itself through a network of air, wood, felt, plastic, yarn, skin, flesh, and bone, until confidence in the distinctness of these co-actors weakens. At the core of this program is a fascination with resonance as a connecting, co-activating force, and how the material of metal embodies this.


Pierluigi Billone (b. 1960) - Mani. Gonxha (2011)

Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967) - dust (2017/2018)


Mani. Gonxha

A prayer. Mani.Gonxha is an intensely intimate ritualistic experience for the performer that becomes naked and exposed when placed in front of an audience. It is as if one were to visit a church and find someone deep in personal prayer; this moment of great significance for the individual creates a somewhat unsettling but captivating situation for the observer. Through the use of two Tibetan singing bowls – traditionally sacred instruments used as a signal to begin and end periods of silent meditation – Billone extracts a rich soundscape featuring a variety of impacts, timbres, resonances and harmonics one would not imagine could be produced by a single source. The bowls are an extension of the hands (Mani). They become part of the performer, just as the performer himself becomes part of the resonating body. The slightest contact between various materials – metal, skin, bones, torso, and voice – multiplies and propagates sound through the performing body and into the open. Gonxha is a reference to Mother Teresa’s Albanian birth name, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Furthermore, Gonxhe in Albanian translates to “bud”, or the “knoblike growth on a plant that develops into a flower,” much like the elaborate sonic universe that is developed from the simple source of two singing bowls.



dust / d?st / n.: a fine, dry powder of tiny particles of waste matter or earth. A film of dust is a like a membrane, covering or layering the body or thing, on the ground, on surfaces or carried in the air.

The dust of the earth is a place of burial.

Dust within a room is composed mostly of dead skin, a powder of mortal remains.


"...not a sound only the old breath and the leaves turning and then suddenly this dust whole place suddenly full of dust when you opened your eyes from floor to ceiling nothing only dust and not a sound only what was it it said....come and gone in no time gone in no time." That Time, Samuel Beckett


"...all these words, all these strangers, this dust of words, with no ground for their settling, no sky for their dispersing, coming together to say, fleeing one another to say, that I am they, all of them, those things that merge, those that part, those that never meet, and nothing else, yes, something else,....a wordless thing in an empty space..." The Unnameable, Samuel Beckett


Inside, withheld, unbreathed,

Nether, undisclosed.

Souffle, vapour, ghost,

hauch and dust.


Absent, silent, void

Naught beside. Either, neither, sole,




dust is a solo for two, each their own. An homage to Christian Dierstein and Dirk Rotbrust for the (many) wonderful sound sessions over the years. Each performer creates their own version, defined by their own instruments and the chosen juxtaposition of up to eight separately composed modules.


The fallible physical body behind the sound, feeling the weight of sound, exploring the essence of a timbre, seeking the grit and noise within. Surface, weight and touch are the essence of musical performance: the weight of a heavy beater resounding on the drum skin; the bow drawing the sound out of silence; the differentiation of touch pressing the brushes into the drum skin; the expansion of the muscles between the shoulder blades; the player´s in-breath preceding the played tone...

RS, Berlin 1st April 2018

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Miguel Zazueta, vocalist - Masters Thesis Recital

Friday, March 12th, 2021 7:00 pm

Online, YouTube

UC San Diego Music YouTube Channel

Baja Soundscape
Vocal music from composers of Baja California

Vocals: Miguel Zazueta
Piano: Kyle Adam Blair


With music that ranges between the traditional and the experimental, "Baja Soundscape" is a recital that shares with us the diverse colors and forms of the vocal music composed in the border region of Baja California. This eclectic program will be led by the vocalist, Miguel Zazueta, and Dr. Kyle Adam Blair at the piano. "Baja Soundscape" is also a tribute from Zazueta, originally from Tijuana, to his colleagues, teachers, and to the art and culture of his homeland.


Premiering on the UC San Diego Music Youtube at 7:00 p.m. PST on Friday, March 12:


"7 canciones" song cycle by Santos Cota

"Bajacalifornianos" song cycle by José Enrique González Medina / Poems by José Javier Villarreal

"Con la llave del Jardín" scene from the Opera "Los empeños de una casa" by José Enrique González Medina / based on the homonymous play by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

"Formas" by Iván Velázquez de León R. / Poem by Alejandra Pizarnik

"Cassandra" by Wilfrido Terrazas

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Humanity's Voice (MUS 95C) presents Existentialism Shared

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 6:30 pm

Online, YouTube

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The ensemble Humanity's Voice (MUS 95C Concert Choir), instructed by UC San Diego Music Ph.D. candidate Jasper Sussman, presents their Winter 2021 end of term concert, Existentialism Shared. The concert will feature prerecorded performances of collaboratively created works, as well as a live-streamed discussion with the performers.


Streaming live on the UC San Diego Music Youtube channel at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17:


Humanity’s Voice:
Jossi Banegas
Samuel Calto
Saul Chaplin
Martin Flaherty
Dennis Florendo
Diego Garza
Alyssa Marie Hermstad
Vita Muccia
Isabella Panagiotou
Ellarose Riddle
Edward Slee
Nhuan Vu
Jasper Sussman, Instructor

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MUS 95K Chamber Singers, Winter Recital

Friday, March 19th, 2021 5:00 pm

Online, YouTube

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Timbre and Ornamentation:
An Exploration of Balkan Folk and Medieval European Vocal Music

This quarter, Chamber Singers explored repertoire from Balkan folk and Medieval European music. There are many active aural traditions in the Balkans with both recordings and scores to learn from, and we have listened to many examples and discussed how we wanted to sound based on what we observe and how we wanted to deepen our own musical practices. Recreating medieval music is, as the word indicates, an act informed by present musical understanding and practiced vocal abilities mixed up in a creative look at historical records, present interpretations and our own personal interests in exploring our vocal technique. We have practiced new timbres and patterns of ornamentation through listening, discussions, learning repertoire, recording, and editing our voices together. As a class of two, some light instrumentation has been added as well to account for a third voice when the repertoire went beyond our two voice timbral combination.

Premiering on #UCSDMusic YouTube Channel at 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, March 19th:

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A folk song from the Laz people who live in the Black Sea Region between Turkey and Georgia, this song tells the story of a woman who is lamenting that she would do anything for the person she loves, and yet knows she ultimately will not be able to have them.


Son Mi Dojde

From Bulgaria, this folk song tells a heartwarming anecdote of a man who dreams of his beloved’s dark eyes, then wakes up to find her next to him.


Shen Gigalobt

This is a common song of praise from Georgia, transcribed by Caitlin Austin from the Ensemble Ialoni version. It simply praises and thanks God.

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Lavandose Le Mane

This 14th century anonymous tune was transcribed by Barbara Byers from an interpretation by the Italian Medieval music research and performance group Micrologos. The song is a flirtatious tale of someone seeing their love washing their face and calling out to them.


I Baci

Composed by Barbara Strozzi, a 16th century Italian woman and one of the most prolific and talented composers of her day, this song is about what a great thing kisses are.


Je Vivroie Liement

This is a 14th century piece by composer Guillaume de Machaut, harmonic arrangement by Barbara Byers. It laments over the singer’s object of love and professes that the author will surely die if their love refuses them.

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Amelia Mardesich

Amelia is a freshman in the Department of Music. Growing up in LA, she began studying classical voice at the age of 12, and is now pursuing a Bachelors Degree in vocal studies at UC San Diego. She loves listening to and singing French Romantic Classical Music, Classic and Punk Rock, and Musical Theater. Having previously enjoyed listening to Balkan Folk and Medieval music, Amelia learned to sing in these particular styles for the first time in Chamber Singers this quarter. She has enjoyed exploring the different harmonic sounds of medieval music, and practicing new melodic ornamentations in the Balkan styles studied in class. Amelia is also interested in the metaphysical philosophies of Kant and Frankfurt, and enjoys reading about their theories when she isn’t singing.


Barbara Byers

Barbara Byers is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Integrative Studies program in the Department of Music. She grew up in the Appalachian, Himalayan and Andes mountain regions, where she developed a deep love of folk music and singing styles from around the world. A former vocalist with Berkeley based Balkan women’s choir Kitka, Barbara has studied folk singing styles, instrumentation and composition in Indonesia, Greece, Turkey, Canada and the U.K. She is currently teaching the Chamber Singers choir while working on her Dissertation which utilizes an interdisciplinary contemporary opera genre to explore issues of mental health, nature and climate change.

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Mariana Flores Bucio, vocalist - Masters Thesis Recital

Friday, March 19th, 2021 7:00 pm

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Retrato de Mujer
Music for female voice and piano by Mexican Women Composers

Soprano: Mariana Flores Bucio
Piano: Kyle Adam Blair
Professor: Susan Naruki


The recital consists of beautiful music for soprano by three Mexican female composers: a cycle of songs by Gabriela Ortiz, a cycle of Arias by Marcela Rodriguez and 2 songs by Georgina Derbez.


Premiering on the UC San Diego Music Youtube at 7:00 p.m. PST on Friday, March 19:


"Canciones de Agua" by Gabriela Ortíz

  • "Piedra, Viento, Agua". Poem by Octavio Paz
  • "Mirar el Río". Poem by Jorge Luis Borges
  • "Hacia su ola sin agua". Poem by Pablo Neruda

"Funesta" by Maircela Rodríguez, Texts from poems by Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz

  • I from "Romance 22"
  • II "Soneto 164"
  • III from "Romance 19"
  • IV from "Primero Sueño"
  • V from "Letras para cantar": "Afuera"
  • VI from "Primero Sueño"

"A su retrato" by Georgina Derbéz, Text from a poem by Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz

"Canción de Cuna" by Georgina Derbéz

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