Chris Speed
Faculty, School of Music

Chris Speed is a tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and composer described as "a dazzling player of exquisite restraint, intelligence, and range” by the Chicago Reader. Born in Seattle in 1967 he studied at New England Conservatory in Boston (B.A. 1990) before moving to New York City... Continue reading »

Jonathan Stehney
Faculty, School of Music
Instrumental Arts, Bassoon

JonathanStehneys' expertise ranges from performing Baroque music on period instruments to performing the most challenging contemporary and experimental music. He has traveled widely performing new works for bassoon and contrabassoon. Jonathan has worked with such notable composers as Sofia... Continue reading »

Luke Storm
Faculty, School of Music
InstrumentalArts: Tuba

Luke Storm holds the position of Principal Tuba with the Santa Barbara Symphony and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He has recorded with Florence + the Machine and Kamasi Washington... Continue reading »

Volker Straebel
Dean, School of Music
Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music

Volker Straebel is a musicologist, composer, and curator. He grew up in Berlin (West), Germany, and received his M.A. in musicology, philosophy, and library studies from the Technical University of Berlin. After a career in music journalism, Volker served as a curatorial advisor to the annual... Continue reading »

Sebastian Suarez-Solis
Faculty, School of Music
DMA Lecturer, Performer-Composer

Sebastian Suarez-Solis (b. 1999) is a sonic and visual artist whose works range from musical compositions to visual pieces, installations, performances, and happenings. A Caracas-born Venezuelan-American artist, their dialectic output is derived from the ablation of established performance... Continue reading »

Miroslav Tadic
Faculty, School of Music
InstrumentalArts: Guitar

Guitarist, composer, improviser and educator Miroslav Tadic completed his formal music training in the United States after studying in Italy and his native Yugoslavia.  He has performed and recorded on acoustic and electric guitars in a wide variety of settings and musical styles,... Continue reading »

Emi Tamura
Faculty, School of Music
Shared Curriculum

Emi Tamura received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from San Francisco State University under the tutelage of Roger Woodward, and studied chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet. She studied solo and collaborative contemporary piano performance with Vicki... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
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