Joel Feigin, DMA

Title: Professor Emeritus of Music
Company: University of California Santa Barbara
Location: Goleta, California, United States

Joel Feigin, DMA, Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California Santa Barbara, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and music.

Drawing inspiration from his mother, who was a pianist, Dr. Feigin pursued a formal education at Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. Studying at the Conservatoire Americaine de Fontainebleau in France for three years, he subsequently attended the Juilliard School and received a Master of Music in 1977 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in 1982. Dr. Feigin also studied at the Berkshire Music Center and was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University.

In 1986, Dr. Feigin commenced his career at the University of Utah, serving as an assistant professor of music for one year. He then taught music theory at the Manhattan School of Music for four years before transferring to the University of California Santa Barbara in 1992. He was an assistant professor of music for five years and an associate professor of music until 2002. He then excelled as a professor of music from 2002 until attaining emeritus status in 2015. Alongside his academic endeavors, Dr. Feigin has been a prolific composer of musical works, including the opera “Outcast at the Gate” since 2017. He composed “Variations on Mel’s Song” in 2021, “Ti Sarani” in 2015, “Two Songs from Twelfth Night” and “On the Death of Our Young” in 2013, and “Aviv: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra” in 2009, among myriad other works. He composed his first piece in 1982, titled “First Tragedy” for soprano, clarinet and piano.

Winning a myriad of accolades throughout his career, Dr. Feigin won first prize for “Five Ecstatic Poems of Kabir” by the Third Millennium Composer’s Competition in 2010. His composition also earned him the Cheryl A. Spector Prize in 2010. Earlier, he received the Dimitri Mitropoulos Prize in Composition from the Berkshire Music Festival in 1991. Dr. Feigin has sat on the board of directors of the Impulse New Music Festival since 2019 and has maintained membership with numerous music-related organizations.

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