From Professor Ken Ueno, Chair of the Undergraduate Committee:
The Undergraduate Committee is the forum through which advocacy for change, a legacy of UC Berkeley, is channeled to the Music Department. As the chair of the committee, I work with colleagues, staff, and most importantly, our undergraduate student representatives, to hear students’ concerns and work towards solutions. We also plan special events to promote community and exchange as well as do whatever else is necessary to improve our Music Majors’ experience here.
Morrison Hall houses one of the most unique departments on our campus. We are filled with young, experienced performers, yet we are not a conservatory. Furthermore, many of our students are also impressive intellectuals and pursue double major degrees. This means that students’ experience within the Music Department varies quite a bit, which can pose a challenge in terms of mentorship. As the chair of this committee, I have a special vision to address this issue, and I want to help students begin to answer questions like the following:
- “What do you want to do after graduation?”
- “If you don’t know yet, how can we help you decide?”
- “What resources do you need to be fully prepared for life after graduation?”
- “If a career in music will not be your main trajectory in life, in what capacity do you see music still serving in your life?”
There is much work to do, but we are continuously striving to help Music students thrive. If you are an incoming or current undergraduate student, please contact us at any time so that we can help you get the most from your experience here.
Professor Ken Ueno
Chair, Undergraduate Committee
Jennifer is a Music and Molecular Cell Biology double major who is enjoying her last semester as a student at UC Berkeley. She plays the viola and violin in the UCB Symphony orchestra, sings in the alto section of the U Chorus, and was the conductor and co-facilitator of the newly founded Cal Opera Co. Aside from these ensembles, Jennifer has been involved in the Gospel Chorus, the piano program, and has been a part of the Undergraduate Committee since 2015. She plans on pursuing her studies in conducting after graduation with the intent of getting a Master’s degree.
Vicky is a fourth-year student double majoring in Music and Mathematics at UC Berkeley. She plays violin in the Symphony Orchestra and sings as a soprano in the University Chorus, as well as performs chamber music regularly. In addition to being a member of these ensembles, she has been a musicianship tutor in the Music Department since 2014 and has been a member of the Undergraduate Committee since 2015. In the future, she would like to further study and pursue music performance and pedagogy. She is excited to be a part of the UGC for another year!
Zoe Xu, Undergraduate Advisor