University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

David Hidek (BA 2008) may be the only person we know who has heard his orchestral music played by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and seen his hip hop video splashed over the jumbotron at PNC Park.

January 13, 2012 - 4:00pm

Multiple shocks transformed Ken Ueno's life.  The shock of an injury transformed him from a West Point Cadet into a composer.  The shock of hearing Bartok and Stravinsky made him into a composer, but it was the shock of hearing Jimi Hendrix's music that made him into a musician.

Come hear music and dance collaborations between University of Pittsburgh music composition students and Attack Theatre. These pieces are the final projects for a grad seminar in collaborations between composers and dancers/choreographers.

November 4, 2011 - 4:00pm

The late music of Morton Feldman: A symposium

November 4, 2011
Presented by Pitt's Department of Music and its contemporary chamber music series, Music on the Edge
Funded by the Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Scholarship Program.
Organized by Amy Williams, Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory

The Department of Music doesn't have any scheduled events this weekend, but that doesn't mean members of the Department aren't busy.

If you're are in the New York City area on Friday, September 30, you can hear the premiere of Eric Moe's new percussion piece Danger: Giant Frogs as part of a performance from Talujon Percussion. The concert takes place at Roulette at 8 p.m.

Here in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 1, Adriana Helbig has been the driving force behind a concert by the Ukrainian...

October 19, 2011 - 1:00pm

Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow Michael Gardiner and Noh Training Project faculty member Joyce S. Lim give a lecture that examines aspects of musical form in the opening sections of Japanese Noh drama from the vantage point of tone color morphology.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette classical music critic Andrew Druckenbrod previews tonight's (Friday, September 16) performance by Slee Sinfonietta. Slee Sinfonietta performs at Bellefield Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m.

Composition and Theory PhD candidate Matthew Heap is a finalist in the Iron Composer Competition. On the morning of the competition, Iron Composer provides each finalist with an instrumentation, secret musical ingredient, and five hours to compose a new work which is then performed and broadcast live that same evening.

Mathew Rosenblum, Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh and Chair of the Department of Music, was recently awarded a prestigious Barlow Endowment commission. In considering 106 applications, the endowment granted commissions to eleven composers.

September 28, 2011 - 1:00pm

In the past decade Cliff Colnot has emerged as a distinguished conductor and a musician of uncommon range. One of few musicians to have studied orchestral repertory with Daniel Barenboim, Colnot has served as assistant conductor for Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Workshops for young musicians from Israel, Egypt, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries.

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