Faculty News

Zachary Price Combines Scholarship and Drama

By Richard Chang Professor Zachary Price is fascinated with various modes of performance, from the proscenium stage to the street corner. He’s a new faculty member at UC Irvine, teaching in the Department of Drama. He started his position as assistant professor of doctoral studies in July...

Hip-hop gets its props

Two new dance faculty members bring cultural and artistic gravitas to the street genre. UCI News features the department's newest faculty members. Read more about Ariyan Johnson and Cyrian Reed, two new faculty members in the Department of Dance at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, both...

Prof. Jesse Colin Jackson presents the exhibition "Suburban Ecologies" for the City of Irvine

Prof. Jesse Colin Jackson, in the Department of Art, presents the exhibition "Suburban Ecologies" for the City of Irvine at the Great Park Gallery through Sunday, February 14, 2021. Orange County’s suburban sprawls are an undeniable characteristic of the region. From historic architecture to...

Professor Haroutune Bedelian Retires

In 1997, Haroutune Bedelian told a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know what it means not to be a musician. It goes with breathing, with living, everything.” That sentiment embodies the tenure of our beloved violin professor. Bedelian was born in 1945 on the island of Cyprus...

UC Instructors Build Bridges Via Telematics

Excerpt from DownBeat.com By Bobby Reed   During the pandemic, educators have wrestled with a pragmatic and philosophical question: How can music students effectively play together when they cannot be together? During the past few months, as DownBeat has spoken with collegiate educators in...

The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II

Three artists, a curator and a writer came together to discuss the pieces that have not only best reflected the era, but have made an impact. Excerpt from the New York Times By Thessaly La Force, Zoë Lescaze, Nancy Hass and M.H. Miller Oct. 15, 2020 "The famously polarizing 1993 edition...

Dance Professor Kelli Sharp Collaborates with Undergraduate Students in an Innovative UCI Research Program

By Richard Chang At most universities, undergraduates don’t typically get opportunities to do serious research with their professors, let alone get published alongside them in professional journals. But through UC Irvine’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), undergrads are...

Prof. Zachary Dietz and UCI Drama Tests Aloha Software to Reduce Music Latency

The World’s Leading Music Schools Turn to Aloha By Elk Real-Time Music Creation and Performance Service to Reconnect Teachers and Students  Royal College of Music in Stockholm, University of California-Irvine, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University and Saint...

Three dynamic professors join the Department of Drama

Three new UCI faculty members are joining the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ Department of Drama this fall, bringing diverse backgrounds and fresh ideas to the disciplines of doctoral studies, scene design and music direction. “We’re excited to be able to welcome these three faculty members...

Dr Joe Davies joins the Department of Music as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow

Dr. Joe Davies will join the Department of Music, in conjunction with the new Ph.D. program in History and Theory of Music, as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow. The funding is provided by the European Commission and jointly affiliated with Maynooth University, Ireland (2021–2024). Currently,...

UCI Music Professor Uses Technology to Build Bridges

By Richard Chang Michael Dessen, a music professor at UC Irvine, specializes in telematics, or networked music performance. He knew his field was important and growing, but he didn’t expect the entire world of musicians to be calling him nonstop during the coronavirus pandemic. It turns out...

UCI Dance mourns the passing of Donald Dale Bradburn

Donald Dale Bradburn June 14, 1940 - July 23, 2020 Renowned dance photographer, dancer, designer and choreographer, Donald Dale Bradburn passed away on July 23 in Cedar City, Utah after an extended illness. Don's photos captured such dance luminaries as Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Markova,...

From Waste to Wonder: Face Shields Transform Into Art

UCI art piece commemorates the efforts of UCI’s face shield project and global pandemic. September 15, 2020 By Kate Wokowsky / UCI Beall Applied Innovation News "The face shield project at UC Irvine left behind piles of clear and colorful plastic scraps that were bound for the trash can, but...

How the Pandemic Made UCI Composer Michael Dessen’s World Go Zoom

By Peter Lefevre September 11, 2020 "If you’ve ever been in a video meeting, you’ve had this experience: Someone’s lips move, and a fraction of a second later, you hear the sound of their voice. That millisecond of being out of sync, that delay between when a sound enters a system and when it...

In the Zoom Where It Happens

What San Diego Theater Looks Like in the Age of Social Distancing Local theater companies are adapting their art Dan Letchworth | Sep 1, 2020 (excerpt) "At the same time up in Solana Beach, North Coast Repertory Theatre was facing a similar dilemma with the Eric Pfeffinger comedy Human...

Jesse Colin Jackson Named Inaugural Associate Dean, Research and Innovation

Dean Stephen Barker has named Jesse Colin Jackson, associate professor in the department of art, to the inaugural role of associate dean, research and innovation at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). The associate dean will be responsible for developing a vision and plan for faculty...

Professor Emeritus Joseph Huszti Named 2020 Swan Award Winner

The California Choral Directors Association (CCDA) recently presented Professor Emeritus Joseph Huszti with the Howard S. Swan Award. Since 1985, the CCDA has recognized an outstanding choral director in California who is retired from full time conducting, having spent the major portion of their...

Playing Music Together Online Is Not As Simple As It Seems

Article shared from Jazz Night In America Playing Music Together Online Is Not As Simple As It Seems by Nickolai Hammar and Colin Marshal Here's a seemingly simple question: Can musicians in quarantine play music together over an Internet connection? We've migrated birthday parties, happy...