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The December 4th Symphony Orchestra concert features oboe soloist Robin Driscoll in Tison Street’s Adagio in E flat for oboe and orchestra along with a world premiere composition by Andrew Head. Driscoll is a member of the private instruction faculty for the Department of Music and Head is a senior Music and Computer Engineering double major.

The Department of Music’s History of Jazz course has been selected “Best Class” by readers of The Pitt News in the campus paper’s annual “Best of…” issue.

Voices of Asian Modernities: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asian Popular Music of the 20th Century, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 4-6, 2014

Location: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Members of the American Musicological Society have descended on Pittsburgh for the organization’s annual meeting and Department of Music faculty and graduate students are very much involved.

The 43rd Annual Jazz Seminar culminates on Saturday night when Geri Allen leads an all-star lineup  at Carnegie Music Hall. The Pittsburgh City Paper recently ran a profile of Allen and the Jazz Seminar. In the interview, Allen recounts her time at Pitt, being mentored by Nathan Davis, and what makes the Jazz Seminar and Concert unique.

Firebird Ensemble recently released an album devoted to music by Professor of composition and theory Eric Moe. The CD, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, takes its name from one of the evocatively titled compositions contained on the disc.

This fall, Dr. Neil Newton joined the Department of Music as a lecturer in music theory. Tasked with leading both graduate seminars in analysis and undergraduate core theory classes, Newton’s innovative teaching style is already making an impact.

Nathan Davis, Professor of Music, Emeritus and founder of the Department of Music’s Jazz Studies Program was awarded the BNY Mellon Jazz 2013 Living Legacy Award.

This Friday night (October 4th) is the first Pitt Night at the Symphony hosted by Pitt Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall! The 2013–14 BNY Mellon Grand Classics season opens with one of the most recognizable works of all time, Carmina Burana.

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen (MA 1982, ethnomusicology) has stepped in as Director of Pitt’s Jazz Seminar and Concert, now in its 43rd year. Allen is continuing the legacy of Professor of Music Emeritus Nathan Davis, the founder and former director of the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, who retired this summer.

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