University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

March 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

UPDATE: This event has been moved to Chatham University's Campbell Memorial Chapel right next door to Laughlin Recital Hall.

Composition/Theory PhD student Devon Tipp’s music will be featured as part of a series of workshops and performances on Friday, October 13. Hosted by Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, these events will provide an exploration of both traditional and contemporary Japanese music. 

October 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

Alia Musica Pittsburgh presents music by Pitt Graduate composers and alumni. The program includes Phil Taylor's Emergence, Marco Giusto's Studio su Pasolini, Ryan McMasters' The Sea Garden Threnodies, Brian Riordan's K., Devon Tipp's Self-portrait, and Matthew Heap's Particle Acceleration.

Faculty members Mathew Rosenblum and Michael Heller will each participate in interdisciplinary presentations by the Department of English during the month of September.

February 10, 2018 - 8:00pm

Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Jeff WestonJeff Weston, a doctoral candidate in composition and theory, has received a commission from the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung. Weston will compose a 10–15 minute chamber work to be premiered by Klangforum Wien in 2018.

Associate professor Amy Williams has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2017–18 at University College Cork, Ireland. During her Fulbright year she will split her duties between teaching and composing. Williams intends to compose several pieces including a Koussevitsky commission for soprano Tony Arnold and Jack Quartet.

Laura Schwartz, a PhD candidate in composition and theory, has received significant recognition for Wreathes, a new piece for strings (Jan 2017).

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.

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