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Faculty Recital Series showcases talents of conservatory faculty
Join us for Pacific's Conservatory Faculty Recital concert series featuring faculty who are accomplished performers involved in renowned music organizations, programs and events in the United States and abroad.
Jeffery Meyer to join University Symphony Orchestra in a week-long residency
Meyer will join the University Symphony Orchestra on Sep. 18–Sep. 24 as conductor-in-residence leading up to a concert on Sep. 24 at 7:30 pm.
Music industry majors land coveted positions
Pacific is the first university in Northern California to offer such a program and remains one of the few to provide hands-on training that will be amplified with a new professional practice initiative this semester.
World-class chamber music performances on campus
Three world class chamber music ensembles will play on campus this fall. Canada’s most distinguished musicians, Adaskin String Trio, the world’s most renowned string quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and internationally recognized Trio Zimbalist.
D. Wilson Ochoa, Principal Librarian of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in residence at Pacific
Mr. Ochoa’s portfolio includes helping to prepare the music for the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, The Boston Chamber Players, Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Esplanade, all the guest artists those ensembles engage, and facilitating the orchestra’s national and international tours, broadcasts, and recordings.
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. 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.
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.