University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

October 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

Recently appointed Composer-in-Residence at American Opera Projects, Laura Kaminsky is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times), whose music is “full of fire as well as ice, written in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection.” (American Record Guide

October 3, 2014 - 4:30pm

Andrew Rindfleisch will discuss his recent compostions on Friday, October 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Music Building (Room 132). Rindfleisch’s music  will be prominently featured by Meridian Arts Ensemble when they perform at Bellefield Hall that evening as part of the Music on the Edge series.

Department of Music Lecturer and New Zealander Neil Newton was recently featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in their "Odysseys" series on immigrants who have settled Pittsburgh. In a fascinating read, we learn about Newton's perspectives on healthcare, transportation, and city planning, but also about what drew him toward music theory.

March 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

IonSound Project and our graduate composers join forces to perform a concert of new works. The program will include music by Nizan Leibovich, Lu Han Li, John Petrucelli, Brian Riodan, and Jeff Weston. The program features sounds ranging from classic chamber music combinations (like flute and piano) to ensembles combining pipa (a Chinese plucked instrument similar to a lute) and laptop.

T​he ​Music-GSO (Graduate Student Oranization) sponsors grants for travel to an academic conference to present a composition, paper or a poster. To be eligible you must be enrolled as a graduate music student in the Dietrich School of Arts at the time of your travel. Details and contact information are available on the application.

March 1, 2015 - 10:00pm


Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum Friday, February 27-Sunday, March 1. View the complete schedule.

January 31, 2015 - 8:00pm

Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

January 17, 2015 - 8:00pm

Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

This concert is SOLD OUT. Find out about all our next concerts from Music on the Edge.

Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum will present Amernet String Quartet at the Warhol in a concert that includes music by Elliott Carter, Eric Moe, Amy Williams, and Chinary Ung.

November 16, 2014 - 7:00pm

IonSound delves into the compositional process this season presenting three concerts packed with premieres. The first offering, Roots and Routes, is right around the corner on Sunday November 16, at 7:00 pm. This program features early and/or pivotal works by composers such as Lee Hyla, Steve Reich, Erwin Schulhoff, and Max Bruch.

October 22, 2014 - 8:00pm

Director Roger Zahab leads the orchestra in Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring soloist Jennifer Hess, Igor Stravinsky’s Suite No. 2, Burkhardt Reiter’s Amnesiac Responses, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.

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