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Commencement 2017

The Department of Musicology would like to wish our graduating seniors and doctoral candidates a warm congratulations! It has been a pleasure working with all of you, and we hope you and your families and guests will join us to celebrate your achievements at the Herb Alpert School of Music's Inaugural Commencement on June 16, 2017 at 4pm. Click for more info.

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Faculty

In November 2014, a new opera, La Paloma y el Ruiseñor; Los Últimos días de Ángela Peralta (The Dove and the Nightingale; the Last Days of Angela Peralta), with a libretto by Musicology Professor Mitchell Morris, premiered at the Teatro Ángela Peralta in Mazatlán, Mexico, as part of the Festival Cultural Mazatlán. The event involved an international team, including Emeritus Professor of Music Roger Bourland (composer), Professor of Music Peter Kazaras (workshop director), Plácido Domingo, Jr. (translator), and Scott Dunn (conductor). Here, Professor Morris takes his bows with Penélope Luna and other members of the cast.

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Graduate Students

Our graduate students, in addition to conducting research, performing, teaching, and working in the community, appear regularly and prominently at national and international conferences, speaking on topics ranging from popular music to classical traditions, from musicals and film music to opera and concert music, and from medieval music to—electronic dance music. Here, Tiffany Naiman and Mike D’Errico DJ at the American Musicology Society’s Annual Dance at its national meeting in November 2014.

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Research

Faculty and Students in Musicology conduct research on all aspects of music and musicking, from all ages and across a wide range of practices. Here, Jeroen Gevers studies documents at the Getty Museum as part of a 2010 seminar with Professor Nina Eidsheim.

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Our graduate students, in addition to conducting research, performing, teaching, and working in the community, appear regularly and prominently at national and international conferences, speaking on topics ranging from popular music to classical traditions, from musicals and film music to opera and concert music, and from medieval music to—electronic dance music. Here, Tiffany Naiman and Mike D’Errico DJ at the American Musicology Society’s Annual Dance at its national meeting in November 2014.

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Interdisciplinary Conferences

The Department of Musicology has hosted many international and interdisciplinary conferences, including “Voice Studies Now” in January 2015, co-organized by Nina Eidsheim (pictured). Other conference topics have included Popular Music, Wagner, Opera and Politics in the Ancien Régime, the String Quartet, the American Musical, A New Codicology for the Middle Ages, Haydn, Eighteenth-century Spain, and Scriabin.

Department of Musicology News

‘CURATING RESISTANCE’ MERGES PUNK AND ACADEMIA AT UCLA

Congratulations to conference developer Jessica Schwartz and team for developing this successful conference. Recently presented by UCLA's Center for Musical Humanities and Herb Alpert School of Music, ‘Curating Resistance’ invited us to think critically about punk as methodology and as an archival method. "At ‘Curating Resistance,’ what emerged isn’t the story of punk of itself, but how DIY tactics and a spirit of experimentation and rebellion have and continue to empower communities." READ MORE

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music announces Winter–Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series

The speakers in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Musicology’s Winter–Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series will be examining topics including intersectionality, the early television work of American comedian Ernie Kovacs, magical and occult styles of thought, and also convening a mini-symposium on Jamaican popular music and dance. LEARN MORE

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music establishes Center for Musical Humanities

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has created the Center for Musical Humanities to advance interdisciplinary interest in music and the humanities across the university. Administered by the school of music, the new center has an advisory board that includes faculty from a broad range of disciplines, including music; the humanities; social sciences; theater, film and television; and the arts and architecture. READ MORE