University of Pittsburgh


February 4, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Stephan Pennington, Assistant Professor of Music at Tufts University.

Ethnomusicology graduate student Danielle Maggio’s review of Shana L. Redmond’s Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora has been published in the Fall 2016 edition of The Bulletin of the Society for American Music.

April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

Pitt’s University Gamelan will present “Inspired by Gamelan: Music by Indonesian and Western Composers” on April 8th at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Gamelan comprises mainly percussion instruments including tuned gongs, metal-keyed instruments, and drums (as well as bamboo flute and voice).

April 7, 2017 - 8:00pm

Pitt's African Music and Dance Ensemble will host guest artists from around the city and the world including Timbeleza (Brazilian percussion ensemble from Pittsburgh) performing on their own and with Yamoussa Camara, Congalese dance and drum group Bokulaka Iyende, Guinea West African group Camara Drum and Dance, and the Point Park University African Dance Ensemble.

November 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join the University Gamelan for an Open House where you can experience the music of Indonesia up close! We will provide you with free food and beverages and a taste of what it's like to be in this fun and relaxing one-credit music course.

December 2, 2016 - 8:00pm

Join Director Yamoussa Camara and Pitt’s African Music and Dance Ensemble for an evening of traditional and contemporary African performance. Pitt’s performers will be joined by leading African music groups Legacy Arts, Sankofa Village, and Camara Drum and Dance.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Shalini Ayyagari has received a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) for her project, "Small Voices Sing Big Songs: A Transmedia Documentary Film Project." The AIIS Senior Research Fellowship is a  competitive and prestigious award for senior scholars conducting research in South Asia, allow

PhD student Danielle Maggio presented a paper and a memorium at the EMP Museum, a nonprofit museum dedicated to​ contemporary popular culture.  Danielle’s paper, "Gospel Mime: Cultivating Voice of Praise Through Embodied Service," presented her local Pittsburgh research on the Gospel Mime community and showed how the unique, hybrid performance/praise

Congratulations to Shanna Lorenz (PhD, 2007), who was recently promoted to associate professor with tenure at Occidental College. Shanna earned her PhD in ethnomusicology (and also holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University, 2014).

March 23, 2016 - 6:00pm

Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University, will give a lecture titled "The  Ethereal Soul of Syreeta Wright, Minnie Riperton and Deniece Williams."

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