Music Faculty

  • 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 Emerita

    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...