Music News

Doubling Down

CTSA students embrace risk as they pursue careers in arts and other fields By Christine Byrd Living the artist’s life requires embracing risk. Unlike medicine or business, there is no clear-cut pathway to a successful and stable career in the arts. But in the quest to create art by taking...

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...

Irvine stroke patients perform with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Joined by students and faculty from the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, musicians from the famed London-based orchestra led patients at the UCI Health SeniorHealth Center through interactive workshops designed to speed up recovery and naturally...

Grace on the Keys

Lorna Griffitt and her musical journey By Chiara Guastella Graciously talented and with an extensive background as a musician, Professor Lorna Griffitt strives to be a medium between the composer and the audience through her playing. Griffitt will take the stage at Winifred Smith Hall for the...

Carnegie Calling: Antonio's Musical Journey

Vocal arts major has confidence, work ethic to succeed as well as a passion to help artists from diverse backgrounds By Greg Hardesty Bay Area native Antonio Richard Lee was in the eighth grade when he first saw Carnegie Hall while on a field trip with drama students from American Canyon...

Celebrating Black Artists

UCI’s African American faculty members have made creative contributions to culture in dance, drama, art and music With its roots dating to the 1910s, Black History Month was first officially recognized by the U.S. government in 1976 to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to this...

Revolutionizing Musicianship

Professor Mari Kimura and the Fusion of Music and Technology By Chiara Guastella A pioneer in revolutionizing the music field through incorporating technology in her violin playing, Professor Mari Kimura is a composer, business owner and much more. Kimura will take the stage for the third...

Arts Advocates: John Evans

MUSIC MAN Q&A with John Evans Throughout John Evans’ life, including his long career in banking, he has been a devoted fan of chorale and symphonic music and sings and has played several instruments. In addition to being a longtime supporter of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’...

Beyond the Keys

Yuliya Minina's Artistic Expression and Impact By Chiara Guastella On Friday, February 2, 2024, Dr. Yuliya Minina will take the stage at Winifred Smith Hall for the second performance in the Music Faculty Artist Series. Dr. Minina shared some of her experiences all across the world, her love...

Pioneering Persian Harmony

The Musical Legacy of Professor Hossein Omoumi By Chiara Guastella On Saturday, January 27, 2024, Maseeh Professor in Persian Performing Arts Persian Hossein Omoumi will perform at Winifred Smith Hall, opening the Music Faculty Artist Series for the year. We interviewed Professor Omoumi to...

Masters of Production

Meet the Creatives Behind Every Theatrical Production By Christine Byrd Behind the scenes of every musical, play, opera and dance production put on by Claire Trevor School of the Arts is a hardworking team of production professionals. They sew the costumes, build the sets, create the props,...

Intersection of Art and Education

In November, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts collaborated with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to present "Creative Wayfinding: Teaching Artist Panel." The event illuminated new pathways for CTSA students in their creative journeys. Dean Tiffany López expressed, "The night was more than a...

A Life Experience in E minor

UCI Symphony Orchestra performs in a masterclass with Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair By Greg Hardesty On a recent evening, Savanna Jolie Nygard took her seat on stage inside the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. As principal...

Harmonizing Across the Emerald Isle

  In June 2023, Dr. Irene Messoloras, professor and director of choral activities in the Department of Music, orchestrated a remarkable trip for the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Chamber Singers. The premier ensemble spent a week in Ireland touring and performing as part of the...

Championing Culture Through Musical Composition

Doctoral student is paying homage to an endangered language through her dissertation By Chrissy Park, UCI Chieh Huang is suspending the sounds of a dying language in amber. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she grew up in the Atayal family, Taiwan’s third-largest indigenous group. Huang moved to the...

Creative Wayfinding

Roadmaps in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts guide students to artistic success By Christine Byrd When emerging artists come to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, they encounter more than an art school. Students find themselves at a top-10 public research university nestled in Orange...

CTSA Launches Retail!

In honor of our August Alumni Appreciation Month, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts is introducing our new e-shop! Step into a world of artistic expression and style with our carefully curated collection of apparel and branded items. Embrace your passion for the arts and proudly showcase your...

August is CTSA Alumni Appreciation Month

August is Alumni Appreciation Month at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Join us as we honor and express gratitude for our talented alumni. Throughout August, we will spotlight the remarkable achievements of our former students on our social media channels. Each week will be dedicated to a...