Music Alumni

  • ~Nilu Madadi (B.A. Music- Piano '11) has been performing her compositions and arrangements in the LA area. She is recording her first album with her music manager American Idol judge and Grammy winner, Randy Jackson. Nilu's arrangement of "How To Save A Life" by The...

  • ~William McIntyre (B.M., American Studies/Music -Percussion, '07) is a composer for major network T.V. series, for which he has won two ASCAP awards. He plays with the Nublu Orchestra and The Lucky Cheng Orchestra and is composer for Shore and Tomboy.

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  • ~ Since graduating from the UCSC music department in 2012, Kendra McKinley has jumped headfirst into a life of songwriting and live performance. Beginning with a job performing on a river boat tour in Portugal, she spent ninety days traveling in eight European...

  • ~Kent Nagano (B.A., sociology/music, ’74) is an internationally renowned conductor, currently serving as music director of the Bavarian State Opera. He has won two recent Grammy Awards for Best Opera Recording and for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.

  • ~Elliot Nguyen (B.M. Music - Voice '14) is the Choral Director for St. Mary's High School. Elliot holds a private teaching studio in Livermore, and made his debut with a few different opera companies in the Bay Area. He is also singing Count Ceprano in Rigoletto with Island...

  • ~Zachary Peletz, (Individual Major: Music Performance and Production, '06). Zach is a lighting and video design programmer specialist. In this capacity he has worked for various productions including: 2008 Beijing Olympics, Red Hot Chili Peppers tour, Jennifer Lopez (J.Lo)...

  • Aura Ruddell graduated in '05 with highest honors with piano as her primary instrument and was active in the world music ensembles during her time at UCSC.  She has since been teaching a full private piano studio, in addition to recording and performing with various bands all over the...

  • UCSC Graduate - Master of Art in Music
    Associate Lecturer at UCSC
    Interim Music Graduate Advisor

    Samuel Shalhoub graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in June, 2016, with his Master of Art degree in Music. His emphasis was renaissance lute and classical guitar performance practice, yet he cultivated many of his other talents as well, including conducting wind ensemble...