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Christina Savinell’s job is so sweet even the distractions are better than most people’s. When she has a break, instead of hanging out at the water cooler or logging into Facebook, she can stroll into Heinz Hall to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra rehearsing.  That’s because since fall of 2010, Savinell has been the Multimedia Manager with Pittsburgh’s world-renowned ensemble.

Congratulations to Professor Helen Rees (PhD ’94, ethnomusicology) on her appointment as Chair of UCLA's Department of Ethnomusicology and Systematic Musicology. She will begin service on January 1, 2011.

Laurie J. Sampsel (PhD 2010) has been awarded the Music Library Association’s Vincent H. Duckles Award for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music. The honor comes in response to Sampsel’s Music Research: A Handbook (Oxford University Press, 2009), a monograph that draws on her extensive experience as an Associate Professor and Head of the Music Library at University of Colorado, Boulder. The MLA’s encomium for Music Research: A Handbook sums up both what Sampsel’s book has to offer and why her contribution is so significant.

Dr. E. Kwadwo O. Beeko (PhD 2005) will give a lecture for the African Studies program Thursday, January 28, 2010 for the African Studies Center  on African musical Practices: Journeying from the Traditional to the Global. The talk will take place in Room 4130 Posvar Hall from 5-7 p.m. According to Beeko,

"Many scholars have apparently embraced as almost obvious the standpoint that most of what is unique about African and African Diaspora musical cultures is credited to the persistence of an African heritage. This lecture discusses the conceptual approaches to the process of music making, and  shows how these elements can be identified, by examining and analyzing various forms or modes of cultural representation that are employed in the musical performances...

Chatham University will celebrate the Global Focus Year of West Africa at the Sounds of Africa Music Festival, Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. Pauline Rovkah, professor of music and the festival director, has assembled Pittsburgh's finest music scholars and musicians for an incredible weekend of free events in the James Laughlin Music Hall. For more information contact Pauline Rovkah at 412-365-1676 or rovkah@chatham.edu. The festival will include discussions and performances by Pitt Department of Music faculty including Akin Euba, Eric Moe, and Roger Zahab, alumni Anicet Mundundu and members of Alia Musica Pittsburgh, and current graduate students Oyebade Dosunmu, Charles Lwanga, and Ayo Oluranti. Here is the...

Composer Philip Thompson (PhD, 2002) created the score and produced the music for Will Zavala's short documentary Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public. The film is one of four documentaries commissioned by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and funded by the Heinz Endowments. Each brief documentary celebrates a past PCA Artist of the Year and will be shown continuously in the Center's video room during their opening to introduce current Artist of the Year, Tim Kaulen. The opening takes place at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Friday, September 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $5 and PCA members get in free...

In case you missed it, The Pitt News ran an extensive feature on recent Department of Music graduate Sachem Orenda.
Congratulations to all graduate students who completed their degrees this term! Our PhD graduates are
J.S. Kofi Gbolonyo, ethnomusicology Daniel Grimminger, musicology James Ogburn, composition and theory Joanna Smolko, musicology Jason Squinobal, ethnomusicology
Our MA graduates are
Ryan Durkopp, ethnomusicology Samantha Heere-Beyer, musicology Benjamin Pachter, ethnomusicology Alec Summers, composition and theory

Hee-sun Kim's (PhD 2004, ethnomusicology) Contemporary Kayagŭm Music in Korea offers the first book-length account of a new musical genre developed in post-war South Korea for kayagŭm, a traditional 12-stringed long board zither.

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