Faculty In the News

Alpert Award Composer, Lukas Ligeti, joins the Department of Music Faculty

The Music Department welcomes new faculty member Lukas Ligeti! A recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award and numerous other prizes and commissions, Professor Ligeti is a composer and improvisor (on drums and electronic percussion) whose work is informed by a unique approach to rhythm and a special interest in intercultural collaboration. In addition to teaching undergraduates, Professor Ligeti will be a core member of the department's new PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT). 

Read more about Lukas Ligeti at his website.

Center Stage: National Choreographers Initiative

It’s a sultry, albeit breezy, July afternoon at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where the creation of four fresh dance works for this year’s National Choreographers Initiative is underway.

Newport Beach Independent – Click to read article…

National Choreographers Initiative Premieres at Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 12th Annual National Choreographers Initiative will premiere on Saturday, July 25th at the Irvine Barclay Theater. Professor Molly Lynch, founder and director of National Choreographs Initiative, selected four choreographers and sixteen professional ballet dancers to participate in the program.

Seth Houston Joins the Department of Music Faculty

The Music Department welcomes new faculty member Seth Houston! Professor Houston holds a DMA degree in choral music from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. In addition to extensive experience in choral conducting, he has published his own compositions and arrangements and has presented research papers at many academic conferences. Professor Houston will direct the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and will also teach courses in musicianship.

Read more about Seth Houston at his website.

With Sandra Tsing Loh back to lead the way, change is very good

by Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Writer-performer Sandra Tsing Loh wants the world to know that she didn't set out to become the spokesperson for menopause.

What woman would sign up to be the poster child for "old" and "dry"? she asks in her signature frisky manner, composed of equal parts exasperation and exhilaration.

The occasion for this clarification is her new solo show, "The B**** Is Back," which borrows the title of her 2011 essay in the Atlantic magazine that made her the new voice of what our grandmothers called "the change."

Sandra Tsing Loh's prose has the hyperactive energy of a performance while her performances can have the quality of an amped-up literary reading. - L.A. Times

Rather than fighting fate — professional or biological — she has decided to embrace what her editor and her body have thrust upon her. Naturally, she's talking back to the doctors, who caution her about "weight creep"; the self-help dispensers, who advise...

Telematics in Colombia

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor of Music, performed in and co-produced several telematic concerts this year, exploring the potentials of live performance by musicians in different geographic locations via high-speed internet. In an April 24, 2015 concert, Dessen performed on trombone in Manizales, Colombia, along with two musicians located in San Diego, UCI alum Juan Rubio (MFA, ICIT, 2014) on drums and Kyle Motl on bass. The concert was part of the International Festival of the Image in Manizales, where Dessen also lectured on telematics and performed a solo concert.

For more information click on the link below:


Costume Design Bridge Project

The Costume Design Program announces Poppy Cannon-Reese as a Guest Artist in the MFA program in Spring, 2015.  Ms. Cannon-Reese is the Manager of Universal Studios Costume Department; she also has a distinguished career as a Costume Designer and Stylist for feature films and commercials.

The Costume Design Bridge Project connects current MFA students to accomplished professionals in all aspects of the entertainment industry.  Each Guest Artists creates and leads a design project addressing current practices or challenges in their field. 

Students learn how to use professional resources, create effective communication for a creative team and discover the high expectations of real world costume design projects.  Each student receives professional level feedback modeled on contemporary designers, directors and producers.  As part of the Bridge Project, students venture out of the campus environment to work in real- world locations, such as the Universal Studios back lot...

Molly Lynch's National Choreographers Initiative to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $20,000 award to Irvine Barclay Theatre in support of the National Choreographers Initiative. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Irvine Barclay Theatre and the National Choreographers Initiative represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

Molly Lynch, NCI’s founder and artistic director, commented, “It is gratifying that the NEA has recognized the National...

Flutist Nicole Mitchell looks into the future with 'Mandorla Awakening'

Everyone in jazz knows that former Chicagoan Nicole Mitchell stands among the most creative, innovative and technically accomplished flutists working today...

Jesse Colin Jackson Named Hellman Fellow

Jesse Colin Jackson was named a Hellman Fellow for 2014.  Professor Jackson is one of more than 1,200 Hellman Fellows who over the last 20 years have gone on to become chairs and heads of departments, MacArthur Geniuses and faculty members with distinguished research track records.

The Hellman Fellows Program is unique in its flexibility and reach to faculty from a broad range of disciplines, supporting research in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, business, medicine and law.

In 1995, the founders Chris and Warren Hellman began making grants to colleges and universities in support of junior faculty research.  The Hellman Fellows Program has grown to support over 100 assistant professors annually at fourteen institutions. Over 1,000 of the Hellman Fellows are from campuses of the University of California System.

2014 UC Irvine Hellman Fellows directory: http://www.hellmanfellows....