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Lecturer in Music - Ghanaian Drumming

Francis is a traditional drummer and teacher from Accra, Ghana. He spent 18 years teaching at the University of Ghana and has performed and taught at universities around the US and Canada. Since 2017 he has been based in the SF Bay Area. 

Lecturer in Music - Tabla/Indian Rhythms

Ashwin Batish is a composer, sitar and tabla player, teacher of music, and a recording artist.

Lecturer in Music - Balinese Gamelan

Brian Baumbusch is a composer based in Alameda, California, whose "harmonically vivid... intense...

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 Orchestra.

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, D

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.

Lecturer in Music

Mariachi Ensemble (Fall only)

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.

Lecturer in Music

Italian-born guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore has premiered more than two dozen new works for justly-tuned, electric, and classical guitars, and released eight recordings for Cold Blue, Pinna, Spectropol, Paper Garden Records, and his own label.

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.

Lecturer in Music - Flute

Described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” Chilean-born flutist, TEDxSpeaker, Viviana Guzmán ( has been featured on programs for CNN, PBS, NPR and NBC, seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, and in COSMOPOLITAN en E

Lecturer in Music – Low Brass/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.

Lecturer in Music - Electronic Music

Yolande Harris is an artist and researcher exploring ideas of sonic consciousness. Her projects consider techniques of navigation, expanding perception beyond the range of human senses, the technological mediation of underwater environments and our relationship to other species.

Lecturer in Music

Madison Heying is a Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate in Cultural Musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on electronic and experimental music.

Lecturer in Music - Bassoon
Lecturer in Music

Faith Lanam is a musicologist, performer, pedagogue, and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on the music and women of the Colegio de San Miguel de Belem, Mexico’s first female music conservatory.

Lecturer in Music

Michael Lindsey is an ethnomusicologist and lecturer at UCSC. His primary research focuses on the musical traditions of South and Central Asia, with a specific interest in the performance practices of the tabla and Kabuli rubab.

Electronics Technician, Lecturer in Music - Electronic Music Studios
Lecturer in Music - Violin and Viola

When Roy Malan relinquished his position as concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, his forty year first-chair tenure with the orchestra set a record for any major orchestra countrywide.

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 duo, Duo Noire.

Lecturer in Music - Drum Set

Former affiliation: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Concurrent affiliation: Sonoma State University.

Lecturer in Music - Chamber Singers
Lecturer in Music

Daniel L Munoz is a musician and lecturer in music. He was part of the first cohort of PhD students in UCSC’s cross-cultural musicology program. After completion, he has become an active musician in LA’s music scene.

Lecturer in Music - Music Theory & Composition

Chris Pratorius Gómez is a composer and music educator based in Santa Cruz, California.

Lecturer in Music - Trumpet

Dr. Richard Roper, trumpet, performs with many Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, Monterey Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Mendocino Festival Orchestra, and more.

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.

Lecturer in Music - Jazz Bass
Teaching Professor in Music , Musical Director, UCSC West Javanese Gamelan

Undang Sumarna’s life has been devoted to the study of gamelan performance.

Lecturer - Mexican Folklorico

Instructor of 12B Mexican Folklorico Music and Dance (2 units).

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.

Lecturer in Music - Voice and Opera

Soprano Sheila Willey performs extensively in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area in styles ranging from chamber music and oratorio to musical theater.

Lecturer in Music - Percussion

William Winant will be available for lessons starting the first Wednesday of the Fall 2020 Quarter (Oct. 7tn, 2020).  Please contact in advance:

Lecturer in Music - Piano

Praised by critics for her "admirable fluidity of line and limpid touch", Dr. Chia-Lin Yang is a multidimensional artist, appearing in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and her native country, Taiwan, as a concert pianist and a chamber musician.

Lecturer in Music - Oboe

A native of Ashland, Oregon, oboist Gabe Young has been performing classical, jazz, klezmer and contemporary music for nearly all of his life.