One of the most important priorities of the music department
today is establishing a fund to cover the otherwise out-of-pocket
expenses for individual music lesson instruction for UC Davis
students. These students gain necessary one-on-one instruction
from a career professional in their field and use those skills in
individual and group performances—including the UC Davis Symphony
Orchestra, Choruses, Percussion Ensemble, Baroque, Early Music,
and more. We seek everyone’s support in this endeavor.
One of UC Davis’s highest priorities is the safety of its
students and all members of its community. UC Davis
prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence,
including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and
stalking. Such conduct violates University policy and may
violate California law.
Ryan Suleiman, a
doctoral student in music composition at UC Davis, has long
been concerned with the environment, nature and climate change.
Over the past few years, Suleiman has written works
titled Drought, Skies of
Smoke and Burning. In
the spring he reached out to other musicians to see what they
had to say about music that explores the natural environment,
with an emphasis on climate change, for a series of YouTube
“Broken,” a composition by Mika Pelo, associate professor of
music, was given its premiere performance by celebrated
pianist-composer Rolf Hind on October 7 at King’s
Place in London. The concert, “Is it too soon to talk about all
this?,” featured a series of short works.
Aida Shirazi (PhD student in composition
at UC Davis) spoke to NPR Capital Public Radio’s Jennifer
in a September 1, 2020 interview. Aida began by relating her
grandfather’s musical interest and influence and her initial
music study in Iran, which included several female students
in a bachelor’s program despite Iran’s government
restrictions on women.
Carlos Simon: New Work, written for Stacey
through composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s #GLFCAMGigThruCOVID
initiative, which aims to give opportunities to performers in the
period of COVID through Frank’s Creative Academy of Music.
“We want to do our part. To that end, GLFCAM has contributed a
starting pledge of $15,000 to a GoFundMe campaign, and 65
GLFCAM composers are donating their time to create solo
works of 1–3 minutes each. These new pieces of music will
be given to performers who have lost employment because of
COVID-19 and are in financial straits. Each performer will be
invited to meet with their paired composer through Skype to
collaborate remotely in developing the new work for its
eventual premiere online for a physically-distanced audience.”
… plus French baroque, Irish tunes,duets by Telemann, and opera duets.