Music Faculty

  • 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 Emeritus of Music
    Director, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

    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. 

  • Lecturer in Music - Flute

    Greer Ellison was principal flutist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra for 10 years. She was a member for twenty years in the California Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She has performed in the prestigious Mainly Mozart Festival in...

  • Lecturer in Music - Piano

    Maria Ezerova received her master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the Moscow Conservatory (Russia) where her teachers were famous Russian pianists Stanislav Neuhaus, Lev Vlasenko, and Michail Pletnev. She received a second master’s degree in early music performance practice from...