ICIT Turns 15

A weekend to remember

On March 8-9, 2024, the Department of Music celebrated the 15th anniversary of its graduate program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) with a weekend-long series of events. These events included experimental music and innovative musical research presented by alumni and students of the ICIT M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs. The weekend was led by Professor Christopher Dobrian and the other core faculty in the ICIT program. Pictured, alumni, faculty and current students gathered in Winifred Smith Hall for the first evening concert of the weekend, which showcased the program's vast array of professional talent. This unique program transcends musical boundaries by blending classical composition, computer music, improvisation, and jazz under the guidance of a dedicated core faculty. With an emphasis on fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, students receive personalized mentorship to craft cutting-edge projects that redefine contemporary music. Many graduates have gone on to teach at colleges and universities, as well as perform internationally in professional settings.

Image: Alumni and current Ph.D. candidates perform in Winifred Smith Hall during one of the several anniversary concerts and events that happened over the celebration weekend. (Photo: Jaime DeJong)

Many ICIT graduates have gone on to full-time teaching positions at colleges and universities, including Teerath Majumder (Columbia College, Chicago), Hesam Abedini (Butte College), JoVia Armstrong (University of Virginia), Kevin Anthony (Brigham Young University), Juan David Rubio (UC Berkeley), George Wheeler (Rio Hondo College), Richard Savery (Macquarie University), Kevin Zhang and Martim Galvao (CSU San Bernardino) and Josh Ottum (Bakersfield College). Other alums are pursuing creative careers outside of academia as composers, performers, researchers and technologists.

To learn more about the Department of Music's Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) Ph.D. program, visit music.arts.uci.edu.

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