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...

  • Lecturer in Music – Clarinet

    Roman Fukshansky serves as principal clarinet with the Berkeley Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley, and as acting principal clarinet with the Modesto Symphony. He appears regularly as a guest musician with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, as well as...

  • Lecturer in Music - Bass

    Previous affiliations: bass instructor, University of Cincinnati and Indiana University; numerous bass workshops in U.S. and abroad. Performances: principal bass, California Symphony, Sun Valley Idaho Summer Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Casals Festival Orchestra of Puerto...

  • Lecturer in Music – Big Band Director

    Charles Hamilton is best known nationally and internationally for leading the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble for 28 years, after teaching ten years at the elementary and middle school level. With the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, he was a regular at Montreux Jazz Festival, Vienne,...

  • Assistant Professor of Music

    Nicol Hammond is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Musicology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar specializing in South African popular, traditional, and choral music, and in feminist and queer studies. She is originally from...

  • Professor of Music

    Karlton E. Hester, Ph.D. (composer/flutist/saxophonist), began his career as a composer and recording artist in Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician and music educator. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York Graduate Center and is currently Director...

  • Lecturer in Music, Trombone
  • Lecturer in Music - bassoon
  • Professor of Music

    David Evan Jones is a composer/theorist with diverse publications in chamber music, chamber opera, computer music, and computer-assisted composition.  Some of his theoretical and compositional work focuses on structural relationships between...

  • Conductor, University Orchestra

    Schizo-musical, Bruce is often confused about what kind of music he loves the most. All of his time on the podium suggests he’s a “classical” guy, but he’s also been seen on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl conducting with Stevie Wonder and Latin superstars Juanes and Gloria Estefan.


  • Professor of Music

    Hi Kyung Kim is a composer whose music often integrates Non-Western with Western music.

  • Professor of Music

    Anatole Leikin specializes in Classical and Romantic performance practice, music history and theory, and piano performance.

  • Lecturer in Music - Violin and Viola
  • Lecturer in Music - Guitar

    Christopher Mallett has performed and taught throughout North America and Asia.  He has been featured as a soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony and the Hamden Symphony Orchestra. Christopher has done extensive outreach work with his guitar...

  • Lecturer in Music - Percussion
    Former affiliation: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    Concurrent affiliation: Sonoma State University. Performances: with Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Mose Allison, David Grisman, Joe Henderson, Roscoe Mitchell, John Abercrombie, and others; solos with San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Recent recording: In C, with Terry Riley and friends; Upon A Time,...

  • Associate Professor of Music

    Tanya Merchant is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests include music’s intersection with issues of nationalism, gender, identity, and the post-colonial situation. With a geographical focus on Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, and the Balkans, she has conducted fieldwork in...

  • Professor of Music

    Musicologist Leta Miller specializes in 20th-century American music. Her 2011 book on music and politics in San Francisco in the early 20th century built on her numerous publications dealing with avant-garde contemporary composers; she thereafter extended those interests into a biography of...

  • Professor of Music

    Paul Nauert is a music theorist and composer whose areas of interest include rhythm and meter, music cognition, and mathematical and computer models of compositional resources and procedures.

  • Associate Professor of Music
    Music Department Chair
    Hasan Endowed Chair in Classical Indian Music

    Dard Neuman is the Hasan Endowed Chair in Classical Indian Music and Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Receiving his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2004, he joined the music faculty at University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005. ...

  • Professor of Music, UC Santa Cruz
    (Emeritus Strauss Professor of Music, Dartmouth College)

    Larry Polansky (b. 1954) is a composer, theorist, teacher, writer, performer, programmer, editor and publisher.


  • Lecturer in Music - Jazz Ensembles

    Studies at Norwegian State Academy of Music and privately with Stephen Tromontozzi, Mel Graves, and Bob Manning. Concurrent affiliations: Santa Cruz New Music Works, Mendocino Music Festival, Monterey Symphony, California Parallele Ensemble, Monterey Jazz Festival. Performances with Toots...

  • Professor of the History of Conciousness
  • Lecturer in Music - Trumpet

    As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, he spent a year studying and performing in Paris. Committed to arts education, Richard serves on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory/Adult Extension department,  UC Santa Cruz, and the Community School of Music and...

  • Lecturer in Music - Cello
  • Lecturer in Music – Voice

    Soprano Emily Sinclair, DMA, joined the faculty at UCSC in 2014.  She teaches individual voice lessons and vocal repertoire.  Emily is an active performer and pedagogue in the Bay Area.  Her voice has been hailed as “sweet and strong” and “alluring” by the New York Times...

  • Director of Voice and Opera Program
  • Lecturer in Music
    Musical Director, UCSC West Javanese Gamelan
  • Lecturer in Music

    Composition, Jewish music, computer and electronic music, Middle Eastern music, theory, algorithmic music and generative musical syntax, orchestration, ethnomusicology.

  • Associate Professor of Music


  • Lecturer in Music - Horn

    Susan Vollmer is principal horn of the Santa Cruz County Symphony and a member in the Napa Valley Symphony and the Sacramento Philharmonic. Since 1998 she has been principal horn in the San Francisco Opera Center, and an active freelance performer with such groups as The San Francisco Opera and...

  • Lecturer in Voice

    Soprano Sheila Willey performs extensively in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area in styles ranging from chamber music and oratorio to musical theater. In opera, she has sung various leading roles throughout the San Francisco Bay area including Cundgonde in Candide, Constanza in Abduction...

  • Lecturer in Music - Percussion

    Concurrent affiliations: principal percussionist, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; artist-in-residence, Mills College (Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio), John Zorn Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Bungle, Mark Morris Dance Group, extra percussionist for San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; faculty, UC...

  • Lecturer in Music - Piano