University of Pittsburgh


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."

February 23, 2016 - 6:00pm

Enjoy a performance by Ensemble Alash, throat-singers from the Republic of Tuva. Meet the artists at a reception immediately following this concert!

February 22, 2016 - 4:15pm

Take part in a throat-singing workshop taught by throat-singers from the Republic of Tuva.

February 8, 2016 - 11:00am

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg, along with pianist/keyboardist Michael Coleman and drummer Hamir Atwal, will perform music from their latest album Knuckle Sandwich in the Department on February 8, 2016. These musicians are active in the innovative and experimental music world of the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 22, 2016 - 8:00pm

Esma Redžepova, "Queen of the Gypsies" has been a global star of Romani music for more than 50 years. On April 22, she brings her world-renowned artistry to the University of Pittsburgh as part of the Year of the Humanities Celebration.

A delegation of artists and scholars from the Institute of Arts and Culture (ISBI) in Bandung, West Java, visited the University of Pittsburgh from October 9 to 17, 2015. The visit was part of a 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pitt and the Institute that is designed to increase cross-cultural awareness of the arts, cultures, and societies of Indonesia, particularly West Java.

Charles Lwanga’s  composition "Best Be" was selected as the 2015 winner of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Robert M. Stevenson Prize. The Stevenson Prize honors ethnomusicologists who are also composers.

On September 29, 2015, Indra Ridwan (PhD 2014) published an article about his dissertation research in Pikiran Rakyat (“Thoughts of the People”), the most widely circulated daily newspaper in West Java, Indonesia. In this article, Indra discussed Sundanese popular music of West Java (called pop Sunda), particularly the role of the arranger and arrangements.

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