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Lecturer - Tabla/Indian Rhythms

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

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 – 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.

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 - 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.


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 - 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.

Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Fellow

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

David Kant is a composer and performer based in Santa Cruz, CA. His work is interested in the intersection of art, music, and computation, and explores the music of chaotic circuit networks, the soundscapes of bioluminescent phytoplankton, and machine deconstructions of his favorite pop songs.

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.

PhD Candidate, Teaching Fellow

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

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 duo, Duo Noire.

Lecturer in Music - Percussion

Former affiliation: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Concurrent affiliation: Sonoma State University.

Lecturer in Music - Jazz Bass/Jazz Combos

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.

Lecturer - 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 - 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 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