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Alumna Harley Lampkin '20 awarded prestigious Fulbright grant
Conservatory alumna Harley Lampkin ’20 was selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to teach English in Germany.
Regent Scott Liggett '71 connection with the Griffith Observatory
Regent Liggett, a 2021 award-winner of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Best Score used in the show “Signs of Life,” proudly participated in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the historic Griffith Observatory, Samuel Oschin Planetarium. President Christopher Callahan and guests were provided a special tour with Regent Liggett as their guide.
Recent graduate named one of the country's best collegiate saxophone players
Tal Kalman ’22 has been named one of the best collegiate saxophone players in the country by Downbeat magazine, a nearly 100-year-old magazine that is the leading publication for jazz music.
Dr. Brittany Trotter to participate in NFA Flute and Hip-Hop Lecture and Recital
Flutist Brittany Trotter to participate in 50th National Flute Association Conference on Aug. 12, 2022. As a guest lecturer, she will discuss and demonstrate how they fuse together the genres of hip hop and classical music in their performance and pedagogy.
Dr. Andrew Conklin performs in Poland
Dr. Conklin, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Music Composition, along with a team of American and Polish musicians, performed Site: Yizkor during a second Artist Residency at the Sichów Educational Foundation in Sichów Duży and at the Róża Centre for International and Interdisciplinary Art and Cooperation in Ruszcza, Poland.
Sadie Glass teaches at nationally regarded music camp
Sadie Glass, Assistant Professor of Practice of Horn, participates in the nationally regarded Kendall Betts Horn Camp over the summer.
Pacific alumnus honored for transformative teaching on KCRA
Stockton Unified to name a new building after beloved music teacher and conservatory alumnus Art Coleman Jr. '81.
Dr. Sarah Waltz presented her research at University of York in England
Dr. Waltz presented her research on an unpublished music theory treatise of William Herschel in which he discusses his “Gravitational” theory of music and lecturing at a concert of Herschel-related works performed by leading period musicians. She has developed this research while collaborating with an astronomer on a biography of Herschel that will concentrate on his “music” years before the discovery of Uranus.
Professor James Haffner summer plans include teaching abroad
James Haffner, Professor of Opera, summer plans include teaching abroad at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and at the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium at Kent State University, under his new title "master teacher."
Our celebrated faculty includes actively performing musicians whose experience provides students with a direct link to life as a professional musician today.
Academic Advising and Support
Advising in the Conservatory is a personalized mentoring experience through which faculty guide students to explore their musical and intellectual interests, learn the requirements for degree completion and discuss life after graduation.
In the Conservatory, a First Year Faculty Advisor is the first point of contact. A student will have multiple individual meetings beginning at Orientation and continuing throughout the year. Advising activities and support are incorporated through the first year Dean’s Seminar and other courses.
Members of the student’s advising network include Program Directors, Student Support Services Coordinator, Care Managers, and Career Advisors. After the first year, students change to an advisor who is a faculty member closely related to the chosen major.
The Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific prepares tomorrow’s performers, teachers, therapists, composers, scholars and music industry leaders.
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of conservatory students identify as students of color
Music Industry Studies
"The best part about being a Music Industry Studies major at Pacific is getting to work with the best professors. Because class sizes are small, I am able to get close with all of my professors. I can also make really good industry connections which allow me to get hands-on experience in my field even before graduation."
— June Benoit ‘23
"The campus feels like a home where we can shape our 'noise' and ideas into definable pieces of art. It's a great place to explore new music and see a smiling face around eery corner."
— Cruz Gonzalez ’21
"The Conservatory is a fantastic environment for personal and musical growth. The faculty encourage ambitious independent projects that you would not be able to do at other schools. In my very first semester, I was able to create a student and faculty collaborative chamber series with the Assistant Dean of the Conservatory as my advisor."
— Amy Wheeler ’23
Students craft their future by exploring musical traditions and an ever-expanding range of repertoires and styles.
The University of the Pacific is a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music and has been accredited by NASM since 1928.