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Dr. Charles Lwanga has been selected to participate in the 2013 5th International Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology. The workshop takes place from June 26–29 at the Center for World Music, University of Hildesheim in Germany.

The Department of Music, the Study Abroad Office, and the Center for Russian and East European Music are accepting applications for Pitt's newest study abroad program! Romani Music, Culture and Human Rights Program (Czech Republic and Hungary) takes place for May 24–June 15 and applications must be submitted by February 15.

­How do you teach students with little or no formal musical training how to hear and understand the subtleties of music from the 14th and 15th centuries?

Rachel Mundy is one of three new Assistant Professors this year in the Department of Music. As a musicologist, she adds to the interdisciplinary richness of the Department with expertise in an area of research that is so new it was up to her to give it a name: animanities.

Professor of Music, Emeritus Bell Yung was awarded an honorary doctorate from Chinese University of Hong Kong on December 6, 2012 as part of CUHK’s 72nd Congregation for the Conferment of Degrees. Yung’s specific degree is Doctor of Literature, honoris causa and he was one of three conferees.

Legendary Pittsburgh guitarist, composer, actor (and music department guitar instructor) Joe Negri’s new choral composition, Magnificat, will be premiered on Saturday, November 17 by the Washington County Arts Choir under the direction of Arnold Brock.

Mathew Rosenblum’s latest CD, Circadian Rhythms, is now available from New World Records. Most the works on the album were composed within the last ten years and three are recorded here for the first time.

Today's front-page story in The Pitt News introduces our three new Department of Music faculty members: musicologists Rachel Mundy and Emily Zazulia and ethnomusicologist Gavin Steingo. Noting how unusual it is for a department to bring in three new faculty members at the same time, the article provides insight into how Mundy, Steingo, and Zazulia understand their respective disciplines and how they envision contributing to the Department’s mission.

In the first year of their Investing in Professional Artists program, the Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation have awarded Amy Williams a $10,000 creative development grant to record her recent chamber music.

Roger Zahab’s Akron Chronogram, a multimedia work commissioned by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, received glowing reviews in both the Akron Beacon Journal and

Kerry Clawson of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote,

“Throughout the quickly shifting, 22-minute score, Zahab included mysterious chimes and multiple surprises, including having the musicians stomp their feet rhythmically. Among the most beautiful moments was cellist Michael DeBruyn’s solo, paired with an image of a white moon against a black sky.”

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