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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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UCI Faculty Member Jason Harnell Released Solo Album “Total Harnage”

On Sunday, May 12th,there was a release party at The Baked Potato --- a jazz club housing talented, upcoming musical artists since 1970 (thebakedpotato.com) --- for UCI Music Department Faculty Member Jason Harnell who debuted his first solo album entitled “TOTAL HARNAGE.”  Harnell is a world-renowned drummer, educator, and jazz music influencer and has been for the past twenty-five years. His album,  “TOTAL HARNAGE,”is available on vinyl and USB/flash drive and can be found on his website. Please help Harnell celebrate this great accomplishment!

“The Jason Harnell Solo Drum Experience is a mind-blowing, multimedia exploration through sight, sound, and rhythm. Jason's solo drum concerts are consistently sold out, one of a kind events that tantalize the senses and explore the outer reaches of the musical cosmos. It’s completely unique and personal, as well as interactive, inclusive and fun!”


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“This is bigger than music.” UCI & Santa Ana High symphony collaboration results in more Saints than ever applying to be Anteaters

“THIS IS BIGGER THAN MUSIC.”

COLLABORATION OF UC IRVINE AND SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS RESULTS IN MORE SAINTS THAN EVER APPLYING TO BE ANTEATERS

Irvine, Calif., (March 18, 2019) – “This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connecting with them, but this is bigger than music,” said Dr. Stephen Tucker, conductor of the UC Irvine (UCI) Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Symphony Orchestra.

What began in 2012 as an opportunity for Dr. Tucker to get himself and the UCI Symphony Orchestra into the community for a single concert has grown into a true adoption of the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) symphony orchestra. The UCI Music Department is offering the SAHS students and teachers
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UCI Jazz Orchestra

If you have the chance to attend a concert at UCI’s Winifred Smith Hall, I highly recommend doing so! There are 205 seats, banked steeply in three tiers that crowd the stage so that the audience feels as if the entire orchestra is right there at our...


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