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.
Performance Track Jury Auditions will take place Friday, May
14, 2021, from 3:00–5:00 pm in the Recital Hall at the Ann
E. Pitzer Center.
Please sign up
for the jury by filling out this form.
A time will be assigned to you. Students who pass the audition in
the fall will be allowed to hold junior recitals in the same
year in order not to delay progress in the track.
Please feel free to email Professor Mika Pelo should you have any
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.
The California Choral Directors
Association (CCDA) has awarded UC Davis alumna Susanna
Peeples with a 2021 Early Career Choral Conductor award. The
award was given at this year’s CASMEC conference (virtually, of
course). Peeples graduated from UC Davis in 2009 and earned her
master of music degree (in music education) from the University
of the Pacific. She teaches choir, piano, and guitar, at Granite
Bay High School, where she was named that school’s Teacher of the
Year by her peers in 2020.
The Society for American Music has chosen UC Davis
Associate Professor of Music Beth Levy as their Vice President.
They have also elected members at large Mark Burford and Marian
Her book Frontier Figures: American Music and the
Mythology of the American West (UC Press) was published
in 2012. Her other interests include eighteenth- and
nineteenth-century aesthetics, reception history, and
representations of music in literature.
“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.
Felipe Lara, a Brazilian-American composer
praised by the New York Times and other
critics for his brilliant modern music, rates collaboration with
other musicians the most important aspect of his work.
Scott Linford is an Assistant
Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music. He has conducted musical fieldwork
in West Africa, Central America, and the United States around
themes of participation and musical experience, ethnicity,
gender, agriculture and the environment, musical geographies, and
colonial and post-colonial politics. Raised in the San Francisco
Bay Area, he holds an MA and PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.