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H. Colin Slim (April 9, 1929 – October 22, 2019)

H. Colin Slim (1929–2019), music historian, conductor and pianist, founded the Department of Music at UC Irvine in 1965 and served as its chair until 1978, and several times thereafter. He had previously taught as an Assistant Professor at The University of Chicago. In 1968–69 he was a Fellow at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Florence. He later taught as a visiting professor, again at Chicago (1972–73), then at UC Santa Barbara (1984–85) and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (1985–86). He was named Distinguished Research Professor at Irvine in 1976 and rose to the rank of Full Professor Above-Scale in 1983. Taking advantage of the VERIP program, he retired early from UCI in 1994, remaining an actively publishing scholar, before suffering a debilitating stroke early this year. He died in Berkeley, California on October 22, 2019.

After earning a B.A. at the University of British Columbia in 1951 and a Ph.D. in music history from Harvard
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Student Research: Alex Lough

New Tools for School

Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range of media that allows them to reshape how art is created and experienced. We asked a few students who are utilizing these tools and spaces to share with us.

For this article, we interviewed Alex Lough from the Department of Music.

Alex Lough

Department of Music
Ph.D. in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT)
Anticipated graduation, Spring 2020

Career Goals: "To continue in academia as a professor and practicing musician and sound artist. I love teaching and
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11 Jazz Songs That Spoke Truth To Power In 2019

Mark Dresser Seven
"Let Them Eat Paper Towels"

Remember the paper towel incident? Two years ago, in Puerto Rico, during the grave aftermath of Hurricane Maria? It may have been many news cycles and nearly as many scandals ago, but bassist and composer Mark Dresser hasn't forgotten the raw anger it triggered. On his excellent Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You, he devotes a composition to the subject, making the most of an avant-garde septet with Nicole Mitchell on flute, Marty Ehrlich on clarinet, Keir Gogwilt on violin and Michael Dessen on trombone. In Dresser's title, there's a rejoinder not only to a would-be, but wasn't, consoler-in-chief but also to rampant income inequality, via a nod to Marie Antoinette. --Nate Chinen


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Master Drummer Jason Harnell's Total Harnage

UCI drumset instructor Jason Harnell's new multi-media recording received a rave review on All About Jazz, among other music blogs. Total Harnage is available via Jason’s website in two different formats—LP and as a USB flash drive shaped like a cassette, or at Amazon, iTunes and other online outlets. Read more about the audio-visual peek inside Jason's head, and his fascinating musical history here and at his
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Anteaters in the Arts: Eliza Rubenstein

On June 17, Eliza Rubenstein (M.F.A. ’97) stepped onto the conductor’s podium at Carnegie Hall — for the second time. In June 2017, Rubenstein conducted the Carnegie Hall premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave, a powerful reflection on racial justice and hard-won freedoms. While it would be hard to top the “emotional wallop” of that experience, Rubenstein said, “I couldn’t be more excited” about conducting her students, other singers and a professional orchestra in Haydn’s Paukenmesse, or Mass in Time of War. “It’s a work that mines joy from a world of strain and stress, and that’s surely a timely model for all of us.”


“I’m well qualified to tell my students that they don’t have to take a traditional path in order to have a fulfilling life in music."


Rubenstein is director of choral and vocal activities and music department chair at Orange Coast College, artistic director of the Orange
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Dr. Stephen Tucker: UCI Chair of Music & Conductor of the UCI Symphony Orchestra

By Terry Schilling | September 19, 2019

Over the past several years, the UCI Symphony Orchestra has delighted me with many exhilarating performances.

Maestro Dr. Stephen Tucker is the newly appointed chair of the music department at UCI (Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music).  This comes on top of Stephen’s comprehensive career of conducting accomplishments. Along with teaching conducting, he also teaches orchestration and music analysis....


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UCI commencement ceremonies to take place June 14-17

UCI will host commencement services for its 54th graduating class over four days in the Bren Events Center. Between Friday, June 14, and Monday, June 17, 11 ceremonies will take place – with UCI awarding 10,323 undergraduate degrees to 9,403 Anteaters.


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UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts joins the We Have Voice Collective

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts proudly supports the We Have Voice Collective Code of Conduct. To learn more, and to read the entire code of contact, click here.

The We Have Voice Collective promotes safe(r) workplaces in the performing arts. The code promotes zero tolerance for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to sexual harassment and bullying. This commitment promote the creation and strengthening of safe(r) spaces that uphold the equitable treatment of all people regardless of their various identities and positionalities, including gender identity, race, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, immigration status, sexual orientation and identity, class position and economic background, and religious belief and affiliation.

To learn more about the organization and to make your own pledge, visit their website at https
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UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School Announces Summer Music Program for Adults

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School Announces Summer Music Program for Adults

The “In The Band” Fantasy Camp Let’s You Be a Member of the Band!  

Irvine, Calif., May 1, 2019 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts is launching its new “fantasy music camp” for adult solo musicians wanting stage and performance experience named “In The Band.” The 8-week program begins Thursday, July 22 and culminates Saturday, September 14, 2019, with a gig at the Anaheim House of Blues. This exciting program gives you the coaching necessary to become a “member of the band”! 

Are you a solo musician looking to join a band? Have you ever wished you could take your love of singing or playing a musical instrument to the next level? Have you ever wanted to be in a band, but couldn’t find like-minded musicians? Have you had dreams of performing in front of family and friends in a real arena setting? The “In The Band” program will place you in a band,
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Acclaimed Pianist Mari Akagi to Perform at UCI

In a rare appearance here in the United States, acclaimed pianist Mari Akagi will perform at UCI Winifred Hall on Saturday, May 25th, beginning at 8pm. She will be accompanied by UCI faculty members Kei Akagi on piano, and Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi.


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