As our faculty, students, and staff prepare for an unusual spring quarter of remote teaching and learning, the lyrics to Barbra Streisand’s “People” keep swimming through my mind. “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.” In a world facing an international pandemic, it seems that now is the time when we need to rely on our people, and we are lucky to have the incredible connection of people through the UCI Arts community. Connection can be a phone call, a virtual meeting, a solo performance, a shared piece of art, or a fun social media post. It means staying connected in a virtual world during this period of isolation.

This week the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) launched #UCIArtsAnywhere, a social media campaign responding to restrictions and changes in the face of COVID-19. The goal is to keep our UCI Arts community connected and to share the ongoing creative and academic work happening at CTSA.
Read More: #UCIArtsAnywhere

An important update from Dean Barker

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to keep you, our valued supporters and community members, updated on how the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) in collaboration with the greater UCI community are responding. We are working diligently to quickly adapt to the rapidly developing circumstances in order to protect our students, staff, faculty, patrons, and the world-class academic and creative work we do at CTSA.

Below are some courses of action we are currently implementing;

  • All CTSA courses will be taught online for the spring quarter; including studio, laboratory, seminar, and larger classes.
  • All performances, exhibitions, and events have been postponed, canceled, or will be reimagined in virtual ways.
  • All CTSA staff and faculty are working remotely, for the next few weeks or until further notice.

Even though our efforts are temporarily shifting to a remote and digital platform, our community of
Read More: An important update from Dean Barker

UCI Campus Virtual Reality Tour

Even though we cannot host our future students on campus at this time, it is no reason for you to not be able to take a tour! Learn more about UCI here. (Hosted through You Visit)

Read More: UCI Campus Virtual Reality Tour

COVID-19 Update | Spring Quarter Arts Events

March 12, 2020

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCI at this time, the greatest priority at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, audiences, and staff. CTSA is taking all appropriate precautions as it monitors the public health concerns with campus leaders and in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).

In keeping with the decision released by UCI, attendance at all CTSA productions for the Spring 2020 quarter will be audience-free.

If you have purchased a ticket through our box office, you will receive an email shortly with instructions to receive a refund or to donate your ticket purchase. Should
Read More: COVID-19 Update | Spring Quarter Arts Events

UCI Campus Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The UCI Coronavirus website is dedicated to keeping the UCI Anteater Community up-to-date on the latest information pertaining to the coronavirus.

Read More: UCI Campus Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Harp of Gold

Daniel Cadena was 15 the first time he picked up a violin, and he couldn’t get it to make a sound. Finally, watching YouTube, he realized he needed to rosin the bow before drawing it across the strings. 
He was in love with music, and eager to learn to play. Unfortunately, as a new arrival from Guerrero, Mexico, he didn’t have room in his schedule to join the orchestra because his counselor wanted him to double up on English classes at Santa Ana High School. 

Undeterred, he taught himself the violin and keyboard, using instruments his older sister had abandoned after she briefly pursued a degree in music education. Within a few months, he was reading music and composing songs. “At the beginning, I really liked composing because I couldn’t communicate with people through verbal language, so I felt like writing music was the best way to communicate,” says Cadena, who was bullied by classmates throughout his freshman
Read More: Harp of Gold

Triple Jubilee Brings UCI Music to Downtown Santa Ana This Spring

Triple Jubilee Brings Longstanding Partnership between UC Irvine Department of Music and Santa Ana High School Music Program to Downtown Santa Ana This Spring

Having developed a partnership spanning seven years, and serving hundreds of high school and college students, the team of educators behind the collaboration between the UC Irvine (UCI) Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) music program has decided they need to go bigger in 2020.

But what does bigger mean? SAHS musicians already work with Dr. Stephen Tucker, Director of the UCI Symphony Orchestra and Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of the Music Department at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), at least three times per year when he comes to SAHS to work with them on their music pieces. They visit UCI twice a year for side-by-side rehearsals with the UCI Symphony Orchestra, and workshops and information sessions designed to show them what is available in a university music program
Read More: Triple Jubilee Brings UCI Music to Downtown Santa Ana This Spring

Shining a Light on Future Artists

By Christine Byrd

As a violinist begins to play on stage, UCI graduate student Tomoko Ozawa transforms the solo into a live electronic ensemble piece by manipulating data from the player’s hand movements with computer software. Ozawa is able to collaborate on this experimental strings performance in front of an international audience in Denmark thanks to a gift from a UCI donor.

Over the last few years, more than 170 UCI arts students like Ozawa have received Medici Circle scholarships funded exclusively by community members. The $2,000 donations make a big impact, enabling both undergraduate and graduate students to travel around the globe to attend conferences, conduct research and perform with other artists.

“The Medici Circle program is one of the most unique scholarship programs in the country,” says Stephen Barker, professor and dean of the Claire
Read More: Shining a Light on Future Artists

‘Changing Tides II’ Has Musicians Respond To Climate Change

Prof. Michael Dessen collaborates with Prof. Mark Dresser (UC San Diego) for a "Telematic Translocational Concert" with musicians from South Korea’s Seoul Institute of the Arts in the Experimental Theatre at UC San Diego. Read the article from KPBS to learn more.

Read More: ‘Changing Tides II’ Has Musicians Respond To Climate Change

Professor Mari Kimura inducted into UCI Beall Faculty Innovation Fellows

UCI Music Professor Mari Kimura was inducted into the first cohort of UCI Beall Faculty Innovation Fellows. The program was established to acknowledge UCI faculty members who have a record of translating their society-impacting research as well as to make them ambassadors for UCI’s innovation culture. As part of the two-year appointment, fellows receive a stipend and will work toward increasing engagement and excitement around innovation across the campus community, which includes acting as advisors and knowledge experts for entrepreneurs and others within the university.

For more information, please visit the UCI Beall Applied Innovation website.

Read More: Professor Mari Kimura inducted into UCI Beall Faculty Innovation Fellows