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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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Musical Theater

In February 2014, with the collaboration of Deaf West Theatre and the support and participation of Music and Ethnomusicology, Musicology hosted the symposium “Deaf West Theatre and the Broadway Musical: Big River and Beyond.” The event brought together the cast and production team of Deaf West’s Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Big River to discuss and demonstrate the challenges and rewards of staging musicals for deaf and hearing performers and audiences. Here, Ty Giordano and Michael McElroy, as Huck Finn and Jim, perform “Worlds Apart.”

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Seminars

Graduate seminars delve into topics both traditional and non-, taking on big topics such as “the canon” and “nationalism,” as well as examining boundary-pushing topics such as “musicals and camp”, “music and vulnerability”, “music and race” and taking a fresh perspective on more traditional topics such as “Josquin”, “rock music analysis”, “voice studies,” and “19th-century symphony.” Here, Ludwig van Beethoven, assuming a more modern persona, does his best to keep up with the rest of the class in the introductory sequence for first year graduate students.

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Early Music Ensemble

The Early Music Ensemble is dedicated to Western vocal and instrumental music from historical periods prior to 1800, with particular emphasis on repertories not usually covered by other standing UCLA ensembles. The UCLA EME is proud of the diverse musical community it has fostered since 2009, and equally proud of its diverse programming. Undergraduate students can enroll for credit in the Early Music Ensemble under Music or Music History and graduate students can enroll through Musicology.

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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

Professor Bloechl’s new co-edited book has just been released in UK and Europe
Olivia’s Bloechl’s new co-edited book “Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship” will have its US release next month.Olivia’s Bloechl’s new co-edited book “Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship” will have its US release next month. Read more
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History of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Robert Fink
History of Electronic Dance Music named “Coolest College Class to Take” Reported in Spin Magazine and Buzzfeed, Music History 8 at UCLA is the coolest college class to take. Read More
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Voice Studies NOW Conference coming in January 2015
In conjunction with the edited volume of The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, Professor Nina Eidsheim is co-hosting the Voice Studies NOW conference that will include a concert featuring UCLA Voice and a Keynote Artist. Read More