University of Pittsburgh


The debut of the Fela Sowande Singers, led by music department alum Oyebade Dosunmu, will take place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday night, April 10 at 8 p.m. The singers will perform a concert of sacred music by Nigerian composers.

In celebration of Bell Yung’s 31 years of service at the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Music has organized a series of events, including a reception on March 23 (by invitation only), a symposium on March 24, and a lecture-recital by Bell Yung on March 26.

April 13, 2012 - 4:00pm

The notion of cultural purity is demonstrably a myth, as any careful historical analysis of cultural expression anywhere in the world can reveal multiple origins, blends, syncretisms, hybridities that are the inevitable result of human contact.  Yet in Korea, as in many countries around the globe, some forms of cultural expression have come to be recognized as “pure” or “authentic” indigen

March 26, 2012 - 4:30pm

Professor Bell Yung will give a lecture recital on "Qin Music and the Confucian Cardinal Human Relationship of Friendship: Selections from the 15th-century Repertoire"

The repertoire of the instrument qin (pronounced “chin”), or guqin (ancient qin), embodies China’s three major religious-philosophical systems of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Eric Beeko (Ethnomusicology, 2005) has two new publications to his credit spanning 2011 and 2012.

February 27, 2012 - 5:00pm

The music department will host a special screening of the acclaimed documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad followed by a Q&A and meet-and-greet with the subjects of the documentary, the band Accrassicauda. Rolling Stone writes,

March 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

The symposium will report on recent research in the areas of Asian and American music by scholars from the U.S. and elsewhere. It assembles eight of Bell Yung’s former students to celebrate his 31 years of teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, together with four of his current students.

Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Benjamin Pachter is currently in the midst of a busy travel schedule while conducting fieldwork for his dissertation. A current recipient of the Andrew W.


 Travel to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, & Austria! May 20–June 5, 2012


Ethnomusicology graduate student Indra Ridwan has many accomplishments to celebrate this fall. His article on Sundanese children’s songs “Kakawihan Barudak Sunda: Sundanese Children’s Songs of West Java, Indonesia” was recently published as the lead article in the journal Asian Musicology [17(1), 2011: 7-52].

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