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D.M.A. Students

DMA Student in Composition

Rodrigo Barriga is a Mexican composer, and performer. His work explores group relationship and communication through the use of openness and guided improvisation.

DMA Student in Composition

Nina Barzegar is an Iranian composer and actress, and is currently a DMA student in Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also has a Bachelor of Piano Performance and a Master of Composition from the University of Tehran in Iran.

DMA Candidate in Composition
DMA Student in Composition

Ben Dorfan is a composer, pianist, and music teacher. With a B.A. in Music from Oberlin College, he is currently pursuing his M.A. in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

DMA Candidate in Composition
DMA Student in Composition
DMA Student in Composition
DMA Student in Composition
DMA Student in Composition

James “Ike” Minton is a composer, keyboardist, and oboist. Currently a D.M.A. student in composition at the University of California Santa Cruz, he has also studied at Southern Illinois University and the University of Hawai’i Mānoa.

DMA Candidate in Composition
DMA Candidate in Composition
DMA Candidate in Composition
DMA Student in Composition
DMA Student in Composition

Rita Zhang is currently based between San Francisco and Nanjing, China. As a pianist, educator, composer and producer, her works include music written for the concert stage, film, and commercials. Her music explores notions of music perceptions and intuitions.