Music Faculty

Anne Lucas

LucasLucas joined the Fine Arts Department at Allan Hancock College in 2006, when she was appointed Choral Director and lecturer in music history. She received her doctoral degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a student of Fernando Laires.  She was a member of the music faculties at Towson University and the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she taught music history and music theory respectively.  She has written on Ozark folk music and in 1994 began ethnomusicological field work with Native American groups in Oklahoma and New Mexico, funded primarily by the Jacobs Research Foundation.  The work has been presented to conferences of the Gran Quivira Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the American Anthropological Association, and papers drawn from her work in the American popular music course at Hancock have been presented at annual meetings of the Southwest and Western Popular Culture Associations.  Since moving to California in 1997, she has been active as a recitalist and accompanist, and is the pianist for the Allegria Wind Quintet and the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra. She has been featured as a piano soloist with the Hancock Concert Band, the San Luis Chamber Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra. 

Christopher Diaz

DiazDiaz joins the Allan Hancock music department after a diverse academic and professional career within the music industry.  He has completed undergraduate degrees in commercial music & recording technology, marketing, music business and he is a classically trained baritone who studied with voice instructor Dr. Sam Savage, student of famed tenor Franco Corelli.  He completed his master’s degree in music and human learning from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Dr. Robert Duke.  He is currently completing his PhD at The University of California at Riverside in digital composition.  Chris has worked in several small independent recording studios as well as for major institutions such as the now defunct, Sony Music Studios.  He spent several years in New York City working for the internationally recognized indie label, Putumayo World Music, and his varied interests in multicultural styles are a testament to his time there.  His compositional interests include multi-dimensional symmetry, popular/commercial music, hip-hop, music and politics, inter-genre collaborations and film scoring.  He plays piano, guitar, and drums, is an avid performer, and has released three full-length albums, one of which charted on the DFW Soundscan DMA.  He has years of teaching experience, having been the music specialist for an elementary school in Texas, and also having taught for prestigious Southern California programs such as the Fender Kids Rock Free program and The Young Americans Performing Arts College, all while working as a grad student/teaching assistant at UCR.

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