News & Announcements

Director of Insturmental Activities, Chris Kim
October 11, 2019

The newest member of Oxy’s music department faculty, Director of Instrumental Activities Chris Kim brings a love of teaching and a wealth of experience in innovative programming, community engagement, and international collaborations.

Assistant professor Adam Schoenberg seated at his piano in Booth Hall at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019. Miles Koupal/The Occidental
September 24, 2019

Read the full feature on Assistant Professor Adam Schoenberg on The Occidental's website.

Professor Jongnic Bontemps
September 3, 2019

Learn more about the music production program at Oxy from instructor Jongnic Bontemps, better known as JB.

oxy students in a music production class session
March 27, 2019

Taking advantage of its location in Los Angeles, Occidental College’s Music Department has developed one of the country’s top music business programs, according to Billboard magazine.

Jongnic Bontemps Conducts at the TV Academy
March 8, 2019

On Wednesday, March 6, Professor Jongnic Bontemps conducted his original music from the HBO documentary film United Skates at a special concert.

Nite Jewel, Ramona Gonzalez
February 5, 2019

This spring, we welcome our first-ever Johnston-Fix Professor of the Practice in Songwriting. Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel will draw on her experience as an internationally touring musician and independent producer to teach students the in's and out's of the songwriting process. Her class will expose students to representative songs from the most influential genres of the past 60 years.

The Oxy Glee Club participates as the chorus in Pacific Opera Project's 2018 production of La Traviata
October 31, 2018

In an ongoing partnership with the Occidental College Music Department, Highland Park's Pacific Opera Project stages Verdi's masterpiece La traviata in Thorne Hall.

Lisa Hauptman, Global Head of People at Downtown Music Publishing
September 13, 2018

To support the launch of our new Music Production program, we are hosting industry professionals in a series of guest lectures with funding from the Mellon Foundation, with past guests including Christopher Sampson, Dave Berkus, Ludwig Goransson,

August 17, 2018

This fall, we welcome several applied instructors to the department.

July 27, 2018

Congratulations to music production instructor Jongnic Bontemps, who was recently named a finalist in Universal's Film Music Composer Initiative. Click here to read the Hollywood Reporter's writeup.