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Bryan S. Wright (PhD 2016), a pianist and instructor in the University of Pittsburgh's Music Department, has been nominated for a Grammy Award by the Recording Academy for his liner notes accompanying the 3-CD set The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin played by pianist Richard Dowling (Rivermont Records, 2017). Scott Joplin (b. 1867/8–d.

The New York Times recently featured the work of composer Kerrith Livengood (PhD 2012). Livengood's string quartet This Is My Scary Robot Voice was performed by the Argus Quartet at Miller Theater and received accolades in the Times’ “That Decisive Moment” column.

Congratulations to Kerrith Livengood for this much-deserved recognition!

Several current composition graduate students and recent alumni will be featured on an upcoming performance by Patchwork, a sax and drums duo comprising Noa Even and Stephen Klunk.

The Pitt Jazz Composers Concert is open to Pitt students, faculty, staff, and alumni and will take place on March 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Bellefield Hall. Scores are due on February 1, 2018. Visit for complete submission guidelines.

Alexandria Jean (A.J.) Denne knew from the time she was in eighth grade that she wanted to go into music therapy as a career. Since the Department of Music doesn’t offer a music therapy as a major, enrolling at Pitt wasn’t an obvious choice, but when asked about the advantages of attending Pitt to pursue that field, A.J. is overwhelmingly positive in her response.

Lei Ouyang Bryant (PhD Ethnomusicology, 2004) has accepted a position as Associate Professor of Music at Swarthmore College in the Department of Music and Dance. Bryant will leave her current position of Associate Professor at Skidmore College, where she has taught since 2006.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Graduates of the BA, MA, and PhD programs gathered together with faculty, staff, and family members for a meal and recognition ceremony for our artist/scholars and the milestones they have achieved.

Charles Lwanga has had a productive and rewarding spring, including the premiere of a new duet for trombone and percussion and being appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Skidmore College.

Composer Philip Thompson (PhD 2002) likes to describe The Final Battle for Love as, “one of the world’s finest baroque-metal professional wrestling operas,” and he got no argument from enthusiastic performers and audience members during the work’s Chicago premiere in January of 2017.

We are pleased to offer our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the Class of 2016. Graduates and their families gathered with faculty and staff at the Music Building on April 2016 for a celebratory luncheon. Graduates in attendance were introduced and faculty members who had worked closely with them spoke briefly about their accomplishments.

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