A warm welcome to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Photos by John Tallo

At an event at Schoenberg Hall on Sept. 21, Associate Dean Robert Fink welcomed students to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for the 2022-23 academic year — the first year most of the community was together in person since the start of the pandemic.

Students ranging from brand-new freshmen at the School of Music and UCLA as a whole to older undergraduates whose time thus far had been almost completely removed from more experienced doctoral candidates filled the auditorium of enthusiasm, focus and positivity for the year ahead. Faculty representing each of the school’s five departments joined the student body to represent the entire music community.

The Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Arturo O’Farrill, delivered remarks on the school’s strong commitment to creating a supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and experiences to achieve their creative and research goals, providing a solid foundation for success not just during their time at the School of Music but well beyond graduation.

Director of Student Affairs Adam Fox encouraged students to share their ideas to help his office expand its resources and activities and effectively meet the needs and goals of everyone enrolled in the school. He introduced two new student affairs officers, Khalia Byrd and Lucie Leerer, while pointing out to students the new, larger location that the office occupies in 1642 Schoenberg.

Austin Ali and Shahwar Kibria Maqhfi, President and Vice President of the School of Music Graduate Student Council, respectively, demonstrated the importance of student voices and contributions to school leadership, followed by Yeremiya Wright and Lorenna Garcia, co-chairs of the school’s undergraduate student advisory council. Plank.

After the first round of welcoming remarks, participants left Schoenberg Hall for breakout sessions in the rest of the building.

Global Jazz students browsed through copies of Pessimistic magazine before their breakout session in the newly renovated choir hall.

Steve Loza, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Global Studies Program, welcomed students already enrolled in the program as well as those curious to find out if it might be right for them. Faculty and department staff joined the breakout session to introduce themselves and encourage students to contact them for help.

Students of the UCLA Interdisciplinary Global Jazz Program Herb Alpert School of Music at the 2022-23 Welcome Event

Robert Fink, professor of musicology and head of the school’s music industry programs, greeted students at the Department of Musicology’s breakout session in the school’s newly renovated orchestra hall. Before and after faculty and department staff introduced themselves, students took advantage of this time to get to know their peers and build new relationships.

Pizza was served to all students, faculty and staff during a casual lunch in the school’s main courtyard, providing additional opportunities to reconnect with old friends and get to know new ones.

The inaugural Dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Eileen Strempel, spoke with members of the community over a pizza lunch during the 2022-23 All Schools Welcome Event.

After lunch, the students took advantage of an open day to discover the school, its vast collection of world musical instruments, its ensembles, the music library, the rehearsal rooms, etc.

Everyone was treated to a mid-afternoon cookie social with Dean Strempel in the school’s sanctuary space, where some took the opportunity to freely share their musical talents and passions.

Professor and Chair of Global Jazz Studies Steve Loza poses with students during the social cookie as part of the 2022-23 welcome event.
Dean Strempel chats with students at the afternoon cookie party.

With a student population of over 630, the School of Music continues to grow not only in size but also in opportunity, resources, diversity, resourcefulness and equity. The 2022-23 Welcome Event was an opportunity to celebrate this richness and the boundless prospects of a new academic year.