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In case you missed it, The Pitt News ran an extensive feature on recent Department of Music graduate Sachem Orenda.

(posted by graduate composer Jonghee Kang)

One of the great things about participating in a music festival is that one directly experiences what is currently out there within the theme of the festival. That is why I always look for the opportunities to go, and this summer, I was lucky enough to go to the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium(OBFCS) held in Eugene, Oregon from June 30 to July 9.

Frankly, I had no idea what I would experience at the Symposium until I went to the registration in the morning of the first day. All the details and schedule of the Symposium were kept underground until the very first meeting. Maybe that was why I was more than stunned upon looking...

Update:  The Boston Globe reviewed Moe's Kick & Ride. You can read the full review online here.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette critic Andrew Druckenbrod profiles faculty composer Eric Moe's recent string of successes in today's edition. From the article:
During Marcos Balter's year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory he has seen over twenty performances of his works, including three world premieres and some glowing reviews. Raw Item, for oboe and small ensemble, received performances by the Manhattan Sinfonietta at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York and at the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard. Matthew Guerrieri of The Boston Globe noted that “…Raw Item had both intricate clarity and a convincing trajectory”. Matthias Röder of Zeitschichten Magazine described Raw Item as "the most exciting and refreshing piece on the program" and described Balter's music as "agile, flexible, delicate, and fragile."
Doctoral candidate James Ogburn and Federico Garcia (PhD 2006) will have compositions performed by the American Composers Orchestra at the ACO/Penn Reading Sessions and Lab in Philadelphia on April 16-17. Both Ogburn and Garcia are founding members of Alia Musica Pittsburgh, for which Garcia serves as Artistic Director, and each has amassed significant professional and scholarly achievements in recent years and months.

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