Celebrating the Class of 2015

On April 26, the Department of Music hosted a graduation brunch with senior undergraduates, MA and PhD graduates, and their families to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2015. The gathering took place in the William Pitt Union where copious offerings of food from Campus Catering and an overflowing sense of accomplishment shared by those in attendance combined for a truly celebratory atmosphere.

Above, BA graduates and faculty (L-R): Ralph Guzzi, Neil Newton, Yoko Suzuki, Karl Priore, Eric Moe, Amy Williams, William Middleton*, Andrew Weintraub, Artie Hill*, Jim Cassaro, Rachel Mundy, John O'Brien*, Roger Zahab, Eric Gratta*, Terence O'Toole*, Susan Rice, Cailyn Pease*, Deane Root, Adriana Helbig

Above, MA and PhD graduates with faculty (L-R): Neil Newton, Rachel Mundy, Karl Priore, Eric Moe, Amy Williams, Brian Riordan*, Jonghee Kang, Jim Cassaro, Indra Ridwan*, Matt Aelmore*, Roger Zahab, Adriana Helbig, Deane Root

Department of Music Chair Andrew Weintraub offered words of welcome and congratulations to the students and their families and introduced the faculty and staff. He turned the podium over to Director of Undergraduate Studies Adriana Helbig who shared words of praise she had gathered from the rest of the faculty about each graduate .

Director of Graduate Studies Deane Root presented our MA and PhD graduates and their research directors who in turn, described the work and accomplishments of each of the degree recipients. 

The 2014–15 Academic year was filled with inspired music making and insightful scholarship. We are grateful for all our graduates contributed to the Department during their time at Pitt. It was wonderful to celebrate their accomplishments knowing that are many more to come as they embark on the next phase of their careers.


Class of 2015



Hamid Anthony Campbell
Music and Applied Mathematics with minors in Chemistry and Physics

Daniel Fried-Petersen
Music and Psychology

Devra Marie Gatling
Music and Linguistics and an Asian Studies Certificate

Eric Anthony Gratta
Music and Computer Science

Gregory Arthur Hill

William Middleton II
Music and Computer Science

John O’Brien
Music, Philosophy, and Economics

Terence O’Toole
Music and English Literature

Cailyn Susany Pease
Music and Biological Sciences, minor in Chemistry

Vincent Daniel Rossi
Music and Physics

Shu Ying Tan
Music, Finance Major in the College of Business Administration, minor in Economics



Brian Riordan, Composition and Theory



Matthew Aelmore, Composition and Theory

Jonghee Kang, Composition and Theory


Graduates from December and August, 2014



Thomas Gower

John McKenna

Robert Nolte

David Lee Rohr
Music, College of Business Administration Finance Major

Nicholas Paul Stamatakis
Music, Industrial Engineering



Indra Ridwan