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Annie Bosler co-authors College Prep for Musicians

UCI's Annie Bosler, DMA published a book entitled College Prep for Musicians: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Counselors with co-authors Kathleen Tesar EdD,  Associate Dean for Enrollment Management at The Juilliard School, and Don Greene PhD, world famous peak performance psychologist. The text is intended for anyone planning to major in music. Bosler has a 100% success rate of helping high students get into music schools, and has French horn students in almost every major conservatory across the United States. For more information, visit: www.collegeprepformusicians.com.


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UCI’s Kei Akagi is inspired by both classic jazz musicians and emerging songwriters

“First, the faculty here has always been a fantastically fertile ground for the creation of new ideas to experiment with,” said Akagi. “And secondly, there are my students, who are constantly bringing fresh ideas for me to experience..."


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Spring Theater Preview

"Finally, we couldn’t give a rundown of Orange County’s theatrical presentations in the Spring without mentioning UCI Claire Trevor’s School of the Arts..."


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Irvine’s Amazing Academic Arts Venues

Over the past several years, my wife and I have seen some amazing talent through the many performances we’ve attended at Irvine’s college arts venues. These programs have become a source of tremendous enjoyment for us...


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UCI’s Experimental Media & Performance Lab

I suspect that most readers have never attended a performance (or have even heard of) UCI’s Experimental Media & Performance Lab. It’s one of seven separate performing arts theatres on campus and it’s by far the most unusual...


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Music welcomes new lecturers in trumpet and composition/music and media

The UCI Department of Music is pleased to welcome Barry Perkins as our new lecturer in trumpet, and Eric Lindsay as a new lecturer in theory, composition and music and media. You can learn more about Professors Perkins and Lindsay at their faculty pages:

Barry Perkins
Eric Lindsay  


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Kelly Moran’s Trippy, Beautiful Piano Music

Kelly Moran’s Trippy, Beautiful Piano Music
New York artist’s avant-garde compositions break through to unique transcendence
By Christopher R. Weingarten

“I kind of just accepted that no one would really care about my work because I was such a weirdo,” says New York’s Kelly Moran, an avant-garde composer and pianist who drones, plucks and buzzes on the lines between modern classical, ambient, electroacoustic and jazz. “I had so many rejections [from record labels], and so many that were based around the fact that what I was doing was too niche. Part of me was like, ‘No one’s ever going to hear this, but I need to do it for myself anyway, because if I don’t I’m just going to feel like I’m dead.'”


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Kelly Moran’s Trippy, Beautiful Piano Music

Kelly Moran’s Trippy, Beautiful Piano Music
New York artist’s avant-garde compositions break through to unique transcendence
By Christopher R. Weingarten

“I kind of just accepted that no one would really care about my work because I was such a weirdo,” says New York’s Kelly Moran, an avant-garde composer and pianist who drones, plucks and buzzes on the lines between modern classical, ambient, electroacoustic and jazz. “I had so many rejections [from record labels], and so many that were based around the fact that what I was doing was too niche. Part of me was like, ‘No one’s ever going to hear this, but I need to do it for myself anyway, because if I don’t I’m just going to feel like I’m dead.'”


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UCI Chamber Singers Premieres New Work at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Seth Houston, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Chair for Performance, led UCI Chamber Singers and a consortium of other performers in a world premiere performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 9. The work, Oscillations: One Hundred Years and Forever, by New York-based composer Ellen Reid, was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of its centennial celebration. UCI Chamber Singers was joined by singers from USC Thornton School of Music and the Donald Brinegar Singers, video artists Keith Skretch and Hana S. Kim, vocalists Kelci Hahn, Angelica Rowell (UCI ’18), Jodie Landau, and Joel Nesvadba, percussionist Sidney Hopson, and sound design elements. Twelve members of UCI Chamber Singers also played bell plates, which were custom made for the work. In addition to the premiere, which was presented as part of LA Fest: LA’s Newest Music and the Green Umbrella Series, the ensemble performed the work again on Thursday, October 11, as part
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