Students In the News

Enjoying the Music of UCI Jazz

The UCI Jazz Small Groups concert kicked off Wednesday night with cheers and shouts from an enthusiastic crowd of jazz fans and students alike. The concert, which featured three combo groups of students led by faculty members, was held in the packed Winifred Smith Hall and displayed the immense talent of the jazz students of the UCI Music Department.

Student Gabe Mallari, who played both the electric bass and upright bass within the groups, has only been playing the latter for about 10 weeks, yet was amazing at both. He unleashed several incredible electric bass solos, all while dancing and bobbing his head, evoking applause and cheers  each time.

“There is no feeling that can come close to comparing to how I feel performing,” Mallari said. “There is nothing else on my mind except the music in front of me. It’s an intense rush of focus that literally blocks any thoughts from floating into my head. Because of that, whenever I perform, I’m not worrying or stressing...

Lex Leigh is Associate Music Director for South Coast Repertory’s upcoming production of Shakespeare in Love

Current second year MFA in Music Direction candidate Lex Leigh is Associate Music Director for South Coast Repertory’s upcoming production of Shakespeare in Love. Lex previously worked on last summer’s production of Once at SCR. 

John Gilmour, MFA, performed at the artist faculty recital at Chapman Univeristy

On November 4 , 2017, John Gilmour, MFA in Collaborative Piano, 2017 performed on an artist faculty recital with Mary Palchak, flutist and  Limor Toren-Immerman, violinist at Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall.

UCI students bring music to Vegas

Students from the Dept. of Music at UCI made the journey to Las Vegas, NV to share the gift of music with the victims and bystanders from the mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1. Four current students, one alum, and a student’s sibling spent the day playing classical music near the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign where a memorial of crosses have been implemented for each victim. The entire scene was extraordinary – the students played through wind and tiredness, until their professor Sarah Koo, who organized the trip, finally reminded them they had an entire week of classes to face. Many visitors and onlookers stopped and listened and asked about the students that had come all the way from Irvine, CA. A welcomed trip of goodwill that reminded people of the power of music.

FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "Zot Zot Land" to celebrate the Arts at UCI

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Arts students from University of California, Irvine came together to put their spin on La La Land's "Another Day of Sun!" 80+ students and mentors were involved in the film project that included newly recorded instrumentals, vocals, lyrics, along with new choreography.  The film was produced by the Film-Arts-Drama-Alliance (FADA) at UCI specifically for the 18th annual Zotfest film festival at UCI.  The team wanted to create a "Soft Opening" film that would unite the students together for one large project. With the teamwork from Paper Sketch Media, FADA, and UCI Illuminations, they were able to pull resources together to bring the project "Zot Zot Land" to life! Filmmakers, Designers, Singers, Dancers,...

Congratulations to UCI alum and faculty on CCF fellowships!

Congratulations to UCI alums Shagha Ariannia,Maura Brewer, Aaron Sandnes, Samira Yamin, and UCI Professor Amanda Ross-Ho on receiving this year’s fellowships for Visual Artists!

Shauna Toh Wins Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Shauna Toh (BA 2016) is a recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Designated by the Dean and Associate Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, this award recognizes outstanding work in faculty-mentored research and/or creative activity. One faculty member and one student from each school receives this award.  The selected faculty members are recognized with certificates of excellence, and one Chancellor’s Award winner will receive a substantial award to support the purchase of computer equipment. Each student awardee will receive a certificate and a stipend. Shauna will be recognized at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Shining Stars Dance Program Providing Dance Classes to Underserved Communities

Shining Stars Dance Program achieved a goal of providing free dance classes to 58 children from ages 5-12 from underserved communities in Orange County.  The brainchild of this program, Irishia Hubbard (BFA 2016), partnered with Nicole Rivor (MFA 2015) and together they co-directed this program, mentored by Associate Professor Sheron Wray. 

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Irishia Hubbard is the inaugural recipient of the Donald McKayle Scholarship

Donald McKayle, a legendary choreographer and UC Irvine Emeritus Professor, has generously provided a scholarship for UCI Dance majors. Reflecting the extraordinary creative talent and character that Donald McKayle has brought to modern dance in the USA, The Donald McKayle Scholarship seeks applicants that have a strong technical command of modern dance, vivid artistic and choreographic voice that speaks to the human condition articulated through a definite approach to musicality. The inaugural scholarship was awarded to Irishia Hubbard (BFA 2016). She is in her senior year, completing her double major in Choreography and Education.

Take My Story, Add Your Story, and You Get Our Stories!

The final bell rings as classrooms turn into a whirlwind of departure. Bags are packed with worksheets and math problems and crayons and juice boxes. Eager legs scurry to the playground, their parents’ arms, soccer practice. But for 15 students at Culverdale Elementary School, school ending means it’s time for rehearsal...
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