Students in the News

From ball to ballet

Story by Christine Catlett, '21

“I am very proud that I’ll be the first one in my family to hold a bachelor’s degree,” says fourth-year drama major Shawna Jackson. “Without the scholarship, I don’t think it would have been possible, considering that I’m working to put myself through college.”

Harp of Gold

Daniel Cadena was 15 the first time he picked up a violin, and he couldn’t get it to make a sound. Finally, watching YouTube, he realized he needed to rosin the bow before drawing it across the strings. 
He was in love with music, and eager to learn to play. Unfortunately, as a new arrival from Guerrero, Mexico, he didn’t have room in his schedule to join the orchestra because his counselor wanted him to double up on English classes at Santa Ana High School. 

Undeterred, he taught himself the violin and keyboard, using instruments his older sister had abandoned after she briefly pursued a degree in music education. Within a few months, he was reading music and composing songs. “At the beginning, I really liked composing because I couldn’t communicate with people through verbal language, so I felt like writing music was the best way to communicate,” says Cadena, who was bullied by classmates throughout his freshman...

Anteaters in the Arts: David Torres


 

“My Son, I will eternally miss you, you have left a void in our lives that the Pacific Ocean could not fill.”
— Ricardo Torres

 

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts community is heartbroken by the passing of recent Department of Art undergraduate David Andrew Torres (B.A. Honors ’19). Torres first joined UCI Art in 2017 after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. He was an interdisciplinary artist developing works through several different mediums including performance, painting, sculpture, and video. After his first year, Torres was accepted into the Honors Program, where he continued to develop his work. UCI was, for Torres, an excellent place to expand his skills as an artist as he continued his pursuit of graduate school and obtaining his Masters in Art.

Torres was an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community and delved into his heritage,...

Setting Dreams in Motion

New York City is ever-moving, marked by a quick flow of people and ideas. Many artists dream of calling it home, to submerge themselves in a life they have been anticipating. It is 6 a.m. in the sleepless city, and Isaiah Tadros, B.F.A. ’20, having already been awake for several hours, stands in line outside of Pearl Studios awaiting his Broadway audition for the production, A Bronx Tale.

In his third year at UC Irvine, Tadros took part in the New York Satellite Program (NYSP): a four-week Broadway and New York City experience led by Musical Theatre Program Head in the Department of Drama, Dr. Myrona DeLaney, during Spring quarter each year.

DeLaney took over the program from Clayton Garrison — inaugural Dean of the school — in December 1996. Spring 2020 will be her 24th program. Under DeLaney’s leadership, the program became more intimate and intensive, a “cohesive educational experience that...

Triple Jubilee Brings UCI Music to Downtown Santa Ana This Spring

Triple Jubilee Brings Longstanding Partnership between UC Irvine Department of Music and Santa Ana High School Music Program to Downtown Santa Ana This Spring

Having developed a partnership spanning seven years, and serving hundreds of high school and college students, the team of educators behind the collaboration between the UC Irvine (UCI) Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) music program has decided they need to go bigger in 2020.

But what does bigger mean? SAHS musicians already work with Dr. Stephen Tucker, Director of the UCI Symphony Orchestra and Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of the Music Department at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), at least three times per year when he comes to SAHS to work with them on their music pieces. They visit UCI twice a year for side-by-side rehearsals with the UCI Symphony Orchestra, and workshops and information sessions designed to show them what is available in a university music...

Shining a Light on Future Artists

By Christine Byrd

As a violinist begins to play on stage, UCI graduate student Tomoko Ozawa transforms the solo into a live electronic ensemble piece by manipulating data from the player’s hand movements with computer software. Ozawa is able to collaborate on this experimental strings performance in front of an international audience in Denmark thanks to a gift from a UCI donor.

Over the last few years, more than 170 UCI arts students like Ozawa have received Medici Circle scholarships funded exclusively by community members. The $2,000 donations make a big impact, enabling both undergraduate and graduate students to travel around the globe to attend conferences, conduct research and perform with other artists.

“The Medici Circle program is one of the most unique scholarship programs in the country,” says Stephen Barker, professor and dean of the Claire...

Citizen Artist: Christine Dianne Guiyangco

View the full pictorial in CONNECT, the quarterly magazine for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Department of Art graduate student Christine Dianne Guiyangco (M.F.A. ’20) is a first-generation Filipino immigrant. Through her artwork, she explores the instabilities of migration and the ongoing colonial structures in the Philippines to examine the ideology of national identity. In her recent work (double you-double you)8 or WWVIII, Guiyangco uses the visual language of graphic novels to create familiar rhetoric that examines forms of nationalism, seen in the unfixed citizenships of colonial subjects.

The image above is an installation view of “Spa Day". The show was held Feb. 23 - Mar. 16, 2019, in the University Art Gallery and Room Gallery. The show included works by artists David Chen...

Student Research: Corey Cao Nguyen

New Tools for School

Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range of media that allows them to reshape how art is created and experienced. We asked a few students who are utilizing these tools and spaces to share with us.

For this article, we interviewed Corey Cao Nguyen from the Department of Art.

Corey Cao Nguyen

Department of Art
B.A., Film and Media Studies (Humanities), Minor in Digital Filmmaking
Anticipated graduation, Spring 2020

Career Goals: "I hope to continue my work as a cinematographer. I want to keep shooting...

Student Research: Jehbreal Jackson

New Tools for School

Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range of media that allows them to reshape how art is created and experienced. We asked a few students who are utilizing these tools and spaces to share with us.

For this article, we interviewed Jehbreal Jackson from the Department of Dance.

Jehbreal Jackson

Department of Dance
M.F.A. in Dance, William J. Gillespie Ballet Scholar
Anticipated graduation, Spring 2020

Career Goals: "I want to create original story ballets for the film medium that are beneficial and healing. I...

Student Research: Gretchen Diane Ugalde

New Tools for School

Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range of media that allows them to reshape how art is created and experienced. We asked a few students who are utilizing these tools and spaces to share with us.

For this article, we interviewed Gretchen Diane Ugalde from the Department of Drama.

Gretchen Diane Ugalde

Department of Drama
B.A. in Drama, Emphasis in Scenic Design
Graduated, Spring 2019, Continuing Education Student

Career Goals:  "I would love to keep working in theatre as a set designer. I also have an interest and...

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