University of Pittsburgh


Congratulations to Professor Helen Rees (PhD ’94, ethnomusicology) on her appointment as Chair of UCLA's Department of Ethnomusicology and Systematic Musicology. She will begin service on January 1, 2011.

Andrew Weintraub’s newest book, Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's Most Popular Music has been released by Oxford University Press.

December 10, 2010 - 4:00pm

Reaching toward a Multimedia Ethnomusicology: Lessons Learned from American Taiko

November 19, 2010 - 4:00pm

Reform Reconsidered: Du Tillot’s “French Project” and Traetta’s Operas for Parma

December 4, 2010 - 2:00pm

The University of Pittsburgh campus will come alive with the music of many cultures at Pitt’s second annual Festival of World Music from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Ballroom of the William Pitt Union. The festival is free and open to the public and families are welcome.

Congratulations to Ryan Durkopp, who was awarded an Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright for the 2010-11 academic year. As part of his Fulbright, Durkopp will travel to Kankan, Guinea and conduct dissertation research. He will live and work with griot musicians for 10 months and study how their words and music shape public opinion concerning the current political situation On June 27, Guinea will hold free elections for the first time since 1958, so Durkopp's Fulbright allows him to study that nation's cultural discourse at an extraordinarliy important time.

Andrew Weintraub and Daniel Meyer with the PSO in 2008

Andrew Weintraub (l) and Daniel Meyer (r) at Heinz Hall in

This past March the University Gamelan, directed by Andrew Weintraub, performed a concert with the Erie Philharmonic as part of Edinboro University’s Friends of Music Concert Series. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer, the Erie Philharmonic performed William P. Alexander’s Winter Solstice: Images From a Journey, and Debussy’s La Mer. The inclusion of Pitt’s gamelan on a program with Debussy...

For Pitt's Department of Music, the end of each semester is always full of wonderful music in diverse styles, and this spring is no exception. The Carpathian Ensemble performed on March 26 at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, and this video captures the group's lively performance of Chaje Shukarije (Beautfiul Girl). Enjoy!

April 13, 2010 - 12:00pm

You are cordially invited to an ethnomusicology lecture presented by Eliot Bates, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, titled "What is a halay dance? The Collaborative Production of Meanings on Turkish Social Networking Sites."

Eliot Bates is a scholar of music and technology, broadly conceived. While working as a professional recording engineer, Dr. Bates became interested in examining the effect that digital audio workstation recording workflows had on conceptualizations of creativity, composition, and music itself, and the impact that such workflows had on instrumental and vocal performance practices in many genres, including Anatolian traditional and arts musics, Western classical, rock, and electroacoustic genres.

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