All Spring 2020 Department of Music events and concerts have been cancelled/postponed in accordance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home executive order issued March 19, 2020. All events must be postponed or cancelled until further notice due to the potential transmission of Coronavirus.

Your attendance/support/visit is very important to us, however our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Please visit us online at for updates.

In the meantime, please enjoy the work of our students, faculty and alumni through the digital world, and stay connected with us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest happenings!
Upcoming Virtual Events
Symphonic Student Association Presents:
Zoom Music Workshops
Matt Kline: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Celeste Oram: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Keir GoGwilt: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Steven Schick: Saturday, May 23, 2020

Symphonic Student Association presents weekly music workshops on Zoom, open to everybody and anybody who is interested in learning more about classical music! There will be esteemed guest speakers from the Department of Music and chances to meet other ensemble musicians at UC San Diego! Join us every Saturday from 12-2pm PDT!

12 - 1 p.m.: SSA Social Hour
Workshops will begin at 1 p.m.
Kyle Motl, bass
UC San Diego Music alumni and bassist Kyle Motl is going to play some solo bass for the world to hear as a part of the Lake George Music Festival Quarantine Concert Series.

Look for the livestream on the Lake George Music Festival Facebook page.
Bang on a Can Marathon - featuring Steven Schick performing Globokar's Toucher
Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. PDT

Bang on a Can will be hosting 6 nonstop hours of live streaming music on Sunday, May 3rd with over 40 artists! UC San Diego Distinguished Professor Steven Schick will by performing Vinko Globokar's Toucher in the live stream.
James Beauton, percussion
Saturday, May 8 at 3 p.m. PDT
Sunday, May 9 at 12 p.m. PDT

Percussionist and UC San Diego grad student James Beauton will be hosting a virtual concert as a part of his Quaranconcert series on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th.

Please stay tuned to his Facebook page for more information coming soon.
Project [BLANK] presents sofa series
Visual Artists: April 17 - 30
Instrumentalists: May 1 - 14
Experimentalists: May 15 - 28
Vocalists: May 29 - June 11

As a way to help support all of our collaborators for helping Project [BLANK] come to life, we are hosting a series of virtual fundraisers to raise money for our far-reaching artist community during this time of COVID-19. Every 2 weeks, we’ll open our virtual doors to you all, offering exclusive performances and artworks that are being created while sheltering in place, as well as Daily Artist Spotlight Interviews.

Pay What You Can ($1 minimum), and we’ll split the door, distributing 100% of the donations among the participating artists. Once you donate, you’ll receive a password to enter each event, which will remain LIVE for two weeks. "Doors" open at 9:00 am on the first Friday, and will close at midnight on the Thursday two weeks later.
Composer and Distinguished Professor of Music Chinary Ung to be Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Composer and Distinguished Professor of Music Chinary Ung will become the first faculty member in the university’s 60 year history to receive the prestigious honor.

Bandcamp to Waive their Share of Revenue on Friday, May 1st in Support of Artists
In an effort to support artists and labels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bandcamp revealed that they will once again be waiving their share of revenue on Friday, May 1st. Check out the Bandcamp of UC San Diego Department of Music students, faculty and alumni and support our musicians.

The Museum of Making Music interviews UC San Diego Lecturer Kamau Kenyatta
Museum of Making Music's Executive Director Carolyn Grant interviews UC San Diego Music Lecturer, musician, and GRAMMY-Award winning producer Kamau Kenyatta for a look into his musical perspectives.

UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt featured in 15 House DJs from the 90s who are still at the top of their game today
DJ and UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt is included in MixMag's 15 House DJs from the 90s who are still at the top of their game today.

Spring arts | Classical music: Takae Ohnishi’s ‘warmth always brings out the best in people’
Beth Wood of The San Diego Union-Tribune interviews harpsichordist and UC San Diego Music Lecturer Takae Ohnishi on how she finds intriguing new ways to interpret old music.

UC San Diego Music Alumni Jared and Jonathan Mattson featured in San Diego Reader's UCSD jazz stars and other locals worth knowing
The Mattson 2, consisting of Jared, guitar and Jonathan, drums, graduated from UC San Diego after studying with "local jazz stars like bassist Mark Dresser, saxophonist David Borgo, pianist/composer Anthony Davis, percussionist Steven Schick, and pianist/composer Kamau Kenyatta."

Bedouin Soundclash premieres new song on Billboard produced by UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt
Bedouin Soundclash's 'Edges of the Night' premiered on Billboard on March 25th. The song was produced by UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt and recorded live off the floor from Preservation Hall, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and other guests.

UC San Diego Music Alum Rachel Beetz releases new album Script - Rescript
UC San Diego Music alum Rachel Beetz releases new album Script - Rescript, featuring works by UC San Diego Music alum Nicholas Deyoe, Edward Hamel, Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Kurt Isaacson, Yiheng Yvonne Wu and Rachel Beetz with a limited edition CD designed by artist Nichole Speciale.

AMN Reviews: Kyle Motl / Patrick Shiroishi / T.J. Borden – in this failing light (2020; Confront Recordings)
Mike of Avant Music News reviews the collaborative album of UC San Diego Music alum Kyle Motl, UC San Diego Music grad student T.J. Borden, and Patrick Shiroishi saying that, " in this failing light is an album that expands with multiple listens. I’ve had the pleasure of digging into it over the last couple of weeks and each session brings forth even more depth and detail. Very highly recommended."

UC San Diego Music is a leading program known for its innovative research and support for the creation and performance of experimental music.

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