Music Faculty

  • Lecturer - Double Bass
  • Lecturer - Tabla/Indian Rhythms

    Ashwin Batish is a composer, sitar and tabla player, teacher of music, and a recording artist. Over the past 45 years, he has taught at San Jose State University, Mills College, UCSC and Cabrillo College, and at his Santa Cruz based private school - the Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine...

  • Professor of Music

    As a music historian and performer, Amy Beal specializes primarily in 20th-century music and American music.

  • Lecturer in Music
    Director, UCSC Concert Choir

    Conductor Nathaniel Berman maintains a diverse range of activities as a performer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A faculty member at UC Santa Cruz since 2007, he is conductor of the UCSC Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble, and has appeared as guest conductor of UCSC...

  • Lecturer in Music – Oboe

    Oboist and composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s work extends from a classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. A busy and eclectic performance schedule and appearances on more than 60 recordings have led to his recognition as “an excellent...

  • Research Professor, Professor Emerita of Music
    Director, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
    Board of Directors, Natural Bridges Media, Santa Cruz/KSQD FM Community Radio KSQD-FM Community Radio


    Baroque music and performance practices; historic keyboard repertoire (harpsichord, organ, and fortepiano); Indonesian music cultures; ethnomusicology; new and experimental music, including bio-music.

  • Associate Professor of Music

    Ben Leeds Carson's work as a composer and improviser is supported by a variety of research, including empirical studies in perception, theory of mind, and theory of musical form. Dr. Carson offers courses in theory and analysis, perception studies, and popular culture.

  • Lecturer in Music - Saxophone

    Concurrent affiliations: California State University, Monterey Bay; saxophone clinician, Monterey Jazz Festival Education Program; director, Monterey County High School Honor Band; co-director, California High School All-Star Band; Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp, Ray Brown’s Great Big Band,...

  • Lecturer in Music - Classical Guitar

    Interests: Classical guitar repertoire, especially guitar ensemble and guitar with other instruments; traditional folk music and songs from the British Isles, especially from Ireland; the music of Turloch O’Carolan. Pedagogical philosophy: influenced by the Suzuki method and the teaching of...

  • Assistant Professor of Music

    David Dunn is a composer, artist, and bio-acoustic researcher.