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Music Alumni

nilu (B.A. Music- Piano '11) has been performing her compositions and arrangements in the LA area. She is recording her first album with her music manager American Idol judge and Grammy winner, Randy Jackson.

D.M.A. Recipient, 2017
MA Student in Performance Practice (Voice)
Ph.D. Candidate, Teaching Fellow

Ryan Lambe is a Ph.D. Candidate studying cross-cultural musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of performance and emotion in US queer open mics examined through queer and critical race lenses.

~William McIntyre (B.M., American Studies/Music -Percussion, '07) is a composer for major network T.V. series, for which he has won two ASCAP awards. He plays with the Nublu Orchestra and The Lucky Cheng Orchestra and is composer for Shore and Tomboy.

~ Since graduating from the UCSC music department in 2012, Kendra McKinley has jumped headfirst into a life of songwriting and live performance.

Ph.D. Student

Early Music Performer, I travelled around the world to meet musician from different classical music cultures, creating discussions about common issues.

~Kent Nagano (B.A., sociology/music, ’74) is an internationally renowned conductor, currently serving as music director of the Bavarian State Opera. He has won two recent Grammy Awards for Best Opera Recording and for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.


~Elliot Nguyen (B.M. Music - Voice '14) is the Choral Director for St. Mary's High School. Elliot holds a private teaching studio in Livermore, and made his debut with a few different opera companies in the Bay Area.

~Zachary Peletz, (Individual Major: Music Performance and Production, '06). Zach is a lighting and video design programmer specialist.

Aura Ruddell graduated in '05 with highest honors with piano as her primary instrument and was active in the world music ensembles during her time at UCSC.  She has since been teaching a full private piano studio, in addition to recording and performing with various bands all over the Seattle are

M.A. Performance Practice Alum, June 2016., Music Graduate Advisor, November 2016 - July 2017., UCSC Lecturer - MUSC 6 Guitar Ensemble, Summer Session 1, 2017.

Samuel Shalhoub graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in June, 2016, with his Master of Art degree in Music.